George Rallis, 91, passed away Tuesday May 5, 2015 at the Clyde CosperTexas Veterans Home in Bonham. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,on Thursday, May 7 at Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon. Graveside services will be held at Bell Cemetery near Odell, TX. at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 8, under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.George is survived by his wife of 62 years Sally (Neel) Rallis, daughter Kathy Bendele and husband Chris of San Antonio, son Randy Rallis and wife Angie of Wichita Falls, daughter Cindy Garmon and husband Russ of Lone Oak, Tx.; eight grandchildren, Doug Bendele and wife Melissa of Austin, Tim Bendele and wife Jennifer of San Antonio, Bryan Bendele and wife Katie of San Antonio, Racheal, Luke and Zack Rallis of Wichita Falls, Traci Moser and husband Chris of Lone Oak, Blake Garmon of Charlottesville, Virginia. Eight great grandchildren; Noah, Jonah, and Levi Bendele, Travis and Heather Bendele, Kelsie, Madelyn, and Sallie Ann Moser. He is also survived by his sister, Pauline Moore, and brother Robert Rallis, both of Vernon. George was a proud veteran of World War II. After being drafted in 1943, he was a tail gunner on a B-26 bomber in the European theatre. He had stories to tell of Italy, France, and Germany and learned to speak a little French and German. He was discharged in September 1945 at the end of the war. He reenlisted in the United States Air Force in 1948. He served in Japan, Korea, Guam, Iceland, and various stateside bases. During this time he learned to speak some Japanese. He retired from the USAF as a Master Sergeant in June 1966 after 20+ years of military service. After his retirement from the military, he tried a few different jobs but most in Vernon will remember him as a barber at Dan’s Barber Shop. George enjoyed many hobbies over the years including golf, fishing, dominoes, and coin collecting. He took pride in taking care of his yard and pecan crop. He enjoyed his morning coffee routine with friends at McDonald’s. He dearly loved his family and was a very proud Papa to his grandkids and great grandkids.
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