James R. McNally
James R. McNally was born Aug. 5, 1941 in Bishop to Joseph D. McNally and Thelma L. Meinke McNally. Jim peacefully passed away in his sleep Feb. 25, 2012 after a long illness. Jim comes from a long line of Owens Valley McNally’s who helped settle Laws in the early 1870’s, and, along with other settlers built the McNally Canal in about 1879. It was the first large ditch to take water out of the Owens River. Jim’s parents, along with Bob Kelso, founded Eastern Sierra Wholesalers on Main Street in the early 1940s. It was the first beer/liquor distributor in the Eastern Sierra and locally became known as The Coors Distributors. Jim worked there since he was 13 until his retirement in the late 1990’s. Jim attended Bishop schools, graduating from Bishop Union High School in 1959 and participated and excelled in all high school sports. He then graduated from Fresno State University in 1965.
Jim and his first wife Deana Boyce McNally had two children, Daniel Joseph McNally and Kimberly Rae McNally.
Jim had always liked hunting, fishing and camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the White Mountains. He had a real talent for catching “brookies.” Today, many of his hunting partners can tell “tales of deer camp.” Jim was reacquainted from college days with Margery Hornung in July of 1991 and they have been life partners ever since.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, father, son Danny and first wife Deana, as well as many Owens Valley relatives.
Jim is survived by Margery; sister, Jody and her husband, Don Cortez; daughter, Kimberly McNally of Vista; stepsons, Todd Remley and wife Sharon of Bishop, and Barrett Remley and wife Christy of Gardnerville, Nev.; granddaughters (Danny’s) Mercedes and Cherish McNally of Armargosa Valley, Nev.; nephews, Kevin Cortez and wife Stephanie of Dallas, Texas, Don Cortez of Bishop, Jon Cortez and wife Chris of Bishop; “Uncle George” Meinke of Bishop; cousins, Barbara Meinke of Bishop, Laura Schooley of Maui, Hawaii, Tom Meinke and wife, Anna of Sherman Oaks; Don Hopkins of Bishop; and several other cousins from out of the area.
Anyone wishing to honor Jim’s memory may make a donation to Law’s Museum, P.O. Box 363, Bishop, CA 93515.
A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held in the next few months.