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Robert Dennis Wallis
Robert Dennis Wallis, 73, a resident of the Owens Valley, passed away July 18, 2014.
He was born Jan. 14, 1941 in Hollywood. In 1948 the Wallis family relocated to Lone Pine. It was during this time that Bobâ€™s deep love for the Owens Valley began. As a boy, he often slipped away to the pack stations at Mt. Whitney to help out until he was brought back home. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957. He served for 20 years and he was stationed in Germany during his entire career. He learned and spoke German fluently. He retired as a Sergeant Major in 1978. Realizing his dream of coming home, he returned back to the Owens Valley. Bob began employment with the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department in 1979.
He married his wife, Pam, at the Whitney Portals in Lone Pine, a place special to both of them, in 1980. They began working in the hotel management industry. Their work travels took them all over the United States. In 2002, Bob worked for the Department of Fish and Game at Fish Springs. He was also employed at Smart & Final. Bob went to work for Chevron as a tow truck driver for seven years. His last job took him back to his beloved mountains where he worked as a camp host at Four Jeffries.
Bob always loved being outdoors, spending his time hunting and fishing. When he and Pam returned to Bishop in 1992, Bob went fishing every afternoon. Bob had a strong work ethic and believed in doing the job right the first time. He liked to be busy and productive, always having something to do. Bobâ€™s dedication and loyalty to family, friends and employment was staunch. He always had time to listen, to encourage, to laugh and just spend time with you. He loved his country and was proud of the time spent in her service.
Bob was a member of the Bishop Lions Club, American Legion and was a Mule Days Committee member since 1998.
Bob is survived by his wife, Pam; son and daughter-in-law, Robert D. Wallis Jr. and Terri; grandsons, Garrett and Dustin Wallis; son, Fred Wallis; granddaughter, Melissa Flory; great-grandsons, Trevor and Zachery Flory; brother, Mike Wallis of Riverside; sister, Anita Wallis of Lone Pine; brother-in-law and his spouse, Chuck and Donna Cooley; his chosen brother and spouse Ray Russell and Jan; and his camping buddy and dog, Kia.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Doris Wallis; and twin sister, Linda Wallis.
A private burial service will be held Aug. 2, 2014 in Lone Pine. Please join the family for a celebration of life at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Elks Park on West Line Street in Bishop.
In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances in memory of Bob Wallis to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. There will also be a collection jar at the service for the Wounded Warrior Project.