The world has one less smile with the passing of James Pullen on June 23, 2018. He was born 12/2/1944 in San Francisco and raised in Southern California. He married his life partner, Mary, in 1966 and together they raised their two daughters, Pam and Dawn.
Jim served in the U.S. Naval Submarine Service during the Viet Nam era. Upon his return stateside, Jim became a master woodworker for 20 years in Portland, Oregon. The family moved to Helena, Montana in 1993 where Jim and Mary started the printing company TNO – The Neighborhood Office, together they ran it for 25 years.
Jim could brighten a room with his smile. Whether or not he just met you, he would make you feel you’ve been friends forever. Jim never knew a stranger and was always the first one to offer helping hand.
Jim is survived by his wife Mary of 53 years, daughters Pamela Schaber and Dawn (Chris) Purvis; his four grandchildren; Joshua, Crystal, Aundrea and Shelby, and six great-grandchildren, Aiden, Trinity, Jorden, Phoenix, Emberly and Dorian all of Helena. Also the families of his brother, Greg (Vicky) Pullen, sister, Kathie Pullen, and Mary’s six brothers and sisters.
Jim had a special place in his heart for children and was very involved with the children in the Helena community; as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, a YMCA board member, a past Kiwanis Club President, and an annual participant in the Festival of Trees for Intermountain Children’s Home.
Because of his love and involvement of children, his family is requesting in lieu of flowers, please send a meaningful and lasting memorial gift to: Helena Kiwanis Foundation for Cherry Park, PO Box 4178, Helena, MT 59604 toward the new children’s park being constructed by the Kiwanis Club on Cherry Avenue in Helena, MT.
A celebration of Jim’s life with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Avenue, with a reception following in the social hall of the funeral home. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Jim.
A special thank you to Dr. Weiner and staff at St. Peters Cancer Treatment Center, to Hospice of St. Peters, and to the family and friends that have supported us through this journey.