James Arthur Wallis

James Arthur Wallis

Jim Wallis, long-time resident of Southern Oregon, died in Twin Falls, Idaho, March 19, 2008 at the age of 85.

Jim was born in Ashland, Oregon, October 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, Jim 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, Jim 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 over the years with many of his fellow troopers of the 517 Parachute Combat Team. He was very proud of his war time service to his country.

He 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. Jim was postmaster in Eagle Point from 1947 until 1974.

Jim's 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.

Jim 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, Ore., daughters, Sandra Brockway, of Seattle, Wash., Marsha Stock, of Medford, Ore., and Mary Ellen Funderburg of St. Helens, Ore.; and son, Pete Wallis, of Milwaukie, Ore. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

There will be a service for family members at the VA Cemetery in Eagle Point on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. 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, 2008, 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 P.O. Box 1258, Eagle Point, Ore. 97524. Please specify River and Salmon Enhancement Projects.

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