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In Memory

James Venail Pulis

Birth:  November 20, 1926

Death:  August 25, 2009

James V. Pulis, 79, died Friday (Aug. 25, 2006) in Wichita of West Nile Virus.

His parents were John and Nelda Pulis of Thompson, Mo. He married Rose Ward of Mexico, Mo., on Sept. 22, 1950. They were together for 60 years. She survives of Hesston.

Mr. Pulis was a graduate of Finlay Engineering College in Kansas City, Mo., with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. He was employed as an engineer by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company from 1953 to 1974. From 1974 to 1992, he worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in Anchorage, Alaska.

Mr. Pulis served his country during World War II as a paratrooper with the Army's 101st Airborne.

In 1992, Jim and Rose retired to Hesston where he enjoyed the outdoors, golf, hunting and training bird dogs.

Jim is missed by his family, friends and professional associates. His honorable, optimistic "can do" outlook and high standards combined with adefinite sense of style and fun loving humor made him a welcome coworker, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was truly an excellent representative of "The Greatest Generation."

A memorial Holy Eucharist will be offered for Jim Pulis at the regular Sunday worship service at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 2001 Windsor, Newton. The memorial service will begin 10 a.m. Sunday, and all friends of Jim and Rose Pulis are invited.

Jim Pulis was buried Tuesday (Aug. 29, 2006) at Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico, Mo. Memorials have been established with the James Pulis Memorial Fund at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 2001 Windsor Drive, Newton, KS 67114.

 Published in The Newton Kansan, August 31, 2006

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08/18/14 05:54 AM #1    

Larry Motschenbacher

[Additional article sent to share.  LM]

WICHITA -- A retired civil engineer from Hesston who helped build the Alaska pipeline has died from the West Nile virus -- the third Kansan to die from the disease this year.&

James Pulis, 79, died last week at the Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus.

Pulis' son, Michael Pulis, said his father was being treated for pneumonia when he was diagnosed as having the mosquito-borne virus, which can attack the brain and spinal column.

"My dad was a very hale and hearty guy; he was a very active man." he said. "He was in good condition. No one in the family would have remotely expected that he wouldn't have lasted 10 more years. He was a big, strong man."

James Pulis grew up on a Missouri farm and was a paratrooper in World War II. He was working in Newton when he was recruited to Alaska, where he worked for 18 years before retiring to Hesston.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said two other Kansans have died this year of West Nile Virus.

A total of 15 Kansans have been diagnosed with the disease.

(Another report indicated his death occured less than a week after he was diagnosed with West Nile.  LM)

Published in The Newton Kansan, August 28, 2006


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