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Robert Pulliam

d. September 17, 2012

Robert Benton Pulliam died peacefully September 17th, 2012 in Billings, Montana where he had lived for the past three years in assisted care, near his granddaughter Jennifer Kaye Crain Baretta.

Bob was born in 1920 on a farm in Lauderdale, Mississippi, one of five children of Benton Pulliam and Evie Davidson Pulliam where he worked on the family farm. In the wake of the dustbowl, he went to Wyoming with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) in 1941.

While completing public works projects in Jackson Hole, he met and fell in love with Mary Ada Budge. The two were married September 18th, in Washington State where Bob entered basic training and joined the war effort.

Bob served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1944 to 1945 fighting in Europe with the 'Fighting 69th' in pivotal battles including the Battle of the Bulge earning the rank of First Sergeant.

He returned home to his newborn son Robert Allen and lived in the old McBride place on the National Elk Refuge when they welcomed their daughter, Linda Carol Pulliam. Bob and Mary built a small house on Simpson Street when he took a job with the U.S. Postal Service.

During the Korean War, the family lived in Oklahoma, where Bob served his country at Fort Sill until returning to Jackson.

Bob was an excellent horseman and while working at the Post Office he took time off in the fall to guide hunters for Tex Little. His skills earned him a spot in the Glenn Ford movie Jubal, where he was a member of the 'posse' and performed several horse stunts for Mr. Ford.

Bob retired in 1970 to spend more time doing what he enjoyed most, fly fishing, fishing on Jackson Lake, gardening, and elk hunting. Bob and Mary spent several months each winter in Yuma, Arizona and enjoyed exploring Wyoming.

Bob was a member of the Elks Club, the Odd Fellows, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Masons. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, siblings Ana Jewel Pulliam Glover, Dee Pulliam, Evie Leigh Pulliam, and William Pulliam and his wife Mary who passed away in Jackson in 2004. Bob is survived by his sister Lea Pulliam Watts, his two children, five grandchildren, and many great-grand children.

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