Former mayor and mail carrier
made Kingman his family

BACK to KHS HomePage

img1.gifKingman said goodbye Friday to Robert “Bob” Pulliam, who served the city as mayor and became a familiar figure to many as a longtime mail carrier.

Pulliam died Feb. 8, 2010 at Wheatlands Health Care Center in Kingman. He was 82.

At his memorial service Friday morning at the Kingman Christian Church, his son, Kent, told stories about his dad’s love of hunting and fishing, Boy Scouts and the community he called home.

“Kingman became his family,” he said of his father, who delivered mail to residents for 34 years before retiring in 1982.

In an interview with The Leader-Courier at his retirement, Pulliam said he was bitten by a dog only once, and that was only because a boy egged the dog to do it. In fact, Pulliam developed a faithful four-legged friend in a dog named Peggy, who followed him on his rounds each day for several years.

The pair’s unique relationship prompted coverage by area media.

Pulliam served on the Kingman City Commission from 1975-1991 and served at least two terms as mayor.

While mayor, he chaired the advisory committee for the Kingman Centennial, celebrated in 1983. Perhaps the most memorable of Centennial events was the search for a time capsule that had been buried near the courthouse after the 75th anniversary. The search for it garnered media attention from as far away as Puerto Rico and Germany.

Pulliam was born in Kingman on July 29, 1927 and called Kingman home throughout his life. He worked on a farm as a youngster and following a short stint in the Navy near the end of World War II, he returned to Kingman to take the job with the U.S. Postal Service.

He was active in civic affairs in Kingman, serving as head of the Chamber of Commerce. He also represented Kingman in the Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature and was a member of the South Central Kansas Economic Development Corporation and the Chikaskia Association.  

He married Jean Frazier on Aug. 6, 1950 in Wichita. Jean taught in Kingman schools for many years. She survives. Together they served as hosts for a number of bus tours through New England, Yellowstone Park in winter, Alaska and to the Rose Bowl Parade for Heritage Tours out of Yoder, Kan. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was a member of the Kingman Christian Church, serving as chairman of the board several terms and was chairman of the church’s building expansion in 1999.

He was a member of the Kingman Lions Club, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, the Masons and the VFW.

He affected several generations of young men in Kingman as a longtime Scoutmaster of Troop 742 and volunteer coach of youth baseball and softball teams.

Other survivors besides his wife, Jean, are son, Kent, and his wife, Gina, of Westwood Hills, Kan.; daughter, Kathy Rapp and husband, Steve, of Las Vegas; grandsons, Kevin Rapp and his wife, Kelly, and their children, Bennett and Avery, all of Springfield, Mo., and Todd Rapp and his wife, Malin, of Altus, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eunice Pulliam of Kingman; his sister, Velma Thompson of Emporia, and brother, Billy, who died as an infant.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Kingman Christian Church. Memorial gifts may be made in Pulliam’s name to the building fund at the Kingman Christian Church, in care of Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman.


This obituary is from the Kingman Leader-Courier (c) 2010.    Used by permission of the Publisher.

            Copyright 2000, 2010