Robert S. Wallis, 97, of Clifford Twp., and a prominent Carbondale businessman, died Monday at the Forest City Nursing and Rehab Center.
His wife, the former Mary Jeanne Howe died in 2011.
Born in Carbondale, son of the late Raymond and Eva Sutton Wallis, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale, where he served on the Session as a church elder.
He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, and he attended Keystone Junior College, La Plume.
He was a World War II Veteran of the United States Army Air Corps; he received his flight training at Randolph Field, TX, and he went on to become a flight instructor, teaching new inductees.
He later flew C-47 cargo planes during the war.
He was the President of W.R. Wallis Furniture, Carbondale, and the former co-owner of the Carbondale-Clifford Airport, where he ran a flight school for GI’s returning from the war.
He was the oldest member of the Elkview Country Club, and a Past President of the Dietrich Hunting Club, Thornhurst.
He was a former board member of the First National Bank of Carbondale, later the Pioneer American Bank.
Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at the hunting camp with his best friend of over 70 years, Bob Eckersley.
He thoroughly enjoyed his regular phone calls with his brother Bill as they reminisced about family and friends.
Bob passed on his love of golf to his granddaughter Lauren, his love of flying to his grandson Karsten, and his love of hunting to his grandson Hunter.
Bob always wore a neck tie, whether selling a dining room set or cutting his grass.
He was very appreciative of all of the customers that he served at the furniture store over the years.
Surviving are two sons: R. Scott Wallis and his wife Diane, Clifford Twp.; Jeffery D. Wallis and his wife Nancy, Newton Lake; three grandchildren: Karsten, Lauren, and Hunter Wallis; one brother: William Wallis and wife Florence, Carbondale; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother: Jack Wallis.
The funeral will be Friday in the First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale with services at 11 am by Pastor Wayne Wolfe.
Interment with military honors, Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart.
Friends may call Thursday, from 4 to 8 pm at the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale, and Friday at the church, from 10 am until service time.
Memorial Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale, 76 Salem Avenue, Carbondale, PA 18407.
For directions or to send online condolences, please visit the funeral home’s website.