Jim Arthur Wallis, long-time resident of Southern Oregon died in Twin Falls, Idaho March 19, 2008 at the age of 85.
Mr. Wallis was born in Ashland on Oct. 27, 1922 to Lee and Mary Wallis. The family resided in Ashland, Klamath Falls and Applegate for many years. A graduate of Medford High School, he was a highly respected player on the Medford Tornado football team and he was a fan of the team his entire life. He attended Oregon State University and was a life-long fan of the OSU Beavers football team.
A fourth-generation Oregonian, Mr. Wallis enlisted in the Army to serve
during World War II as a paratrooper during the Battle of the Bulge in
Italy. He earned a Purple Heart and remained friends with many of his
fellow troopers of the 517 Parachute Combat team his entire life. He
was very proud of his war time service to his country.
married Doris Mae Peterson in Baltimore, Maryland April 6, 1944 just
prior to his being shipped overseas. They were married until her death
in February 1988 and raised four children in Eagle Point. Mr. Wallis
was postmaster in Eagle Point from 1947 until 1974.
His passion was
fishing his Rogue River. He was one of the pioneers of the guide trips
from Grants Pass to Gold Beach. He started his guiding in 1953 and
continued until his health prevented him from doing what he loved best.
Wallis married Louise Murray in 1994. They lived in Central Oregon for
more than a decade and later moved to Twin Falls, Idaho. Louise, along
with her children and grandchildren, survive him in Twin Falls. He is
also survived by his younger brother Bob Wallis of Ashland, OR,
daughters Sandra Brockway of Seattle, Marsha Stock of Medford and Mary
Ellen Funderburg of St. Helens and son Pete Wallis of Milwaukie, OR.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren
and nephew Bob Wallis of Ashland and niece Vicci Craft of Oregon City
will be a service for family members at the Eagle Point National
Cemetery in Eagle Point on Tuesday, April 1. Friends of Jim and the
Wallis children are invited to celebrate Jim’s memory with Louise
Wallis and the Wallis sisters at the Eagle Point Grange Hall on
Tuesday, April 1, from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
In lieu of
flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Rogue
Sportsman and Guides Association at PO Box 1258, Eagle Point, OR
97524. Please specify River and Salmon Enhancement Projects.