PENDLETON - Lifetime Pendleton resident Thomas W. Tullis, 83, died at his home Wednesday, April 30, 2008. A memorial mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Mission. A reception at the Pendleton Elks Lodge will immediately follow the memorial service. There will be a private family internment at Olney Cemetery.
Mr. Tullis was boen Jan. 20, 1925, in Pendleton to Charles and Myrtle Tullis. He was a lifetime Pendleton resident and grew up in a farming family. He was the youngest of six children.
He grew up working on the family farm and had fond memories of working harvest with thrashing machines and combines pulled by mule team. He attended school in Helix and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1943. He played basketball in junior high and high school and also played the trumpet while in school. He attended Willamette University and played basketball as a freshman for one year and then left college to return to Pendleton after his father's unexpected death.
He and his wife of nearly 60 years, Norma, were high school sweethearts and were married in 1946 at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton. After attending one year of college, he was employed for a few years in the office supply and stationary business. Soon after, he opened his own business, Tullis Office Supply, which he operated in Pendleton for more than 30 years. He also had a branch store of Tullis Office Supply in Hermiston and ran a related business in Ontario.
In 1970, he purchased and operated Larson Printing Company in Pendleton for three years. He sold Tullis Office Supply in 1981. In 1982, he started and was one of the three original founders of All Copy Corporation, which evolved into a NASDAQ company, TRM Copy Centers.
He enjoyed music, woodworking, golf, travel, helping others and was a get-it-done kind of person. He was a lifetime member of the Pendleton Elks Lodge, a lifetime member of the Pendleton Country Club, a member of the Liar's Club and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church for more than 60 years.
Following his wife's death on March 6, 2005, he married Wanda Wyrick on March 25, 2006.
He is survived by children Scott Tullis of Hermiston, Kirk Tullis of Pendleton, Craig Tullis of Selah, Wash., and Paula Oakes of Eugene; sister Charlotte Tardy; brother John Tullis; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; sisters Clara Mae and Rosemary; and brother Gary Tullis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society and should be sent to Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.