Wayne Cannon Bullis, 92, passed away on June 7, 2019 in Reedley, Calif., surrounded by family. He was born to Angus Bullis, Sr. and Laura Bullis (Myres) in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 30, 1926.
He was married to Elvera Bullis on Nov. 8, 1952 in Merced, Calif., and celebrated 66 years of marriage. During the great depression, Wayne grew up on the family homestead along the Merced River, walking along the Yosemite Valley railroad tracks to a one room school house in Bagby, Calif., for early education.
He graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1944 and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a submariner in World War II on the USS Chubb. In 1950 he joined the U.S. Marine Reserves and was deployed as the first units in the Korean
War conflict. Operating an amphibious duck, Wayne saw action at Inchon landing and was disabled during the conflict.
Back from the war effort, Wayne had a 35 year career as a milk and ice cream salesman for Borden, Knudsen and Berkeley Farms companies. His hobbies included bowling, pheasant and deer hunting. Some of his fondest memories were hunting at the old deer camp on the top of Mt. Bullion with family and friends.
After living in San Mateo for many years, Wayne retired and moved to Coulterville, Calif., where he became active in many civic organizations, such as VFW Post 9454, Odd Fellows Lodge No. 104, Northern Mariposa County Museum and the Coulterville Community Club.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father and mother, his sister, Laurel Shaffer of Texas; brothers, Angus Bullis Jr. of Mariposa, CA and Lawrence and Welleyen Bullis of Texas; and grandson, Adam Bullis of Burlingame, Calif.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife Elvera Bullis (Gomes) of Reedley, Calif.; sister, Ferne Clemmer of Napa, Calif.; daughter, Anne Engell; son, Jeff Bullis (Kristy), and his son Matt Bullis (Robbin). He is also survived by six grandchildren: Kelly Sika (Mark), Grant Bullis, Trina Bullis, Derek Bullis, Kyle Bullis (Erika), Scott Bullis, great-granddaughter Chloe Sika and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.
A viewing will be held on June 14, 2019 at Creighton Memorial Chapel, 1588 Lincoln Street, Kingsburg, Calif., from 2-4 p.m.
A Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1275 Smith Street, Kingsburg on June 15, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Graveside services will be at the Veterans San Joaquin National Cemetery, 32053 West McCabe Road, Santa Nella, Calif., on June 21, 2019 at noon.