Longtime Alaska resident Joe Pulliam, 79, passed away peacefully at the Liberty Shores Nursing Home in Poulsbo, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.|
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Bess, and mother, Annie Pearl.
He is survived by his only daughter, Karen Algarin, and her husband, David, and only grandson, James Algarin; brother, Oscar Pulliam, and wife, Murial; sister, Verlie Hughes, and husband, Charles; numerous nephews and nieces; and his beloved mother-in-law, Luddie Mae Reese.
Joe was born Nov. 20, 1932, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He married Bess King in November 1953, and they had their only child, Karen, in 1956. He served in the Air Force as a fireman for nine years, and served for a time in England. Joe came to Alaska in 1956, and was stationed at Ladd Airfield. He learned to cut meat at the Ladd commissary and got his first job as a meat cutter at the downtown Safeway. Then he worked at College Grocery with Carl Edgerton followed by working at the University Safeway before starting his own business called JoBe Meats which he operated with his family for many years, he was also a private pilot.
He moved out to Farmers Loop Road in 1960, when it truly was agricultural land and a dirt road. One of his favorite hobbies was riding his beloved horse, Chief. He also was an avid fisherman and each year would take his friends and family on a group fishing trip to Tangle Lakes and also make a trip with his wife and grandson to Kenai to fish, dip netting for salmon on the Kenai River.
The only thing more precious in his life than his family was his relationship to his God, Jehovah. He dedicated his devotion by water baptism on Oct. 20, 1962, and served as a ministerial servant until he had to move to assisted living care in Washington in 2008.
He died on Sept. 15, 2012, and will be missed very much by friends and family. An online memorial can be seen at www.poulsbomortuary.com.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Sept. 21, 2012