Jerry Sullivan, 1942-2014

Jerry L. Sullivan 001Jerry L. Sullivan, 71, of LaPorte, died peacefully at 9:06 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at IU Health LaPorte Hospital.

He was born Sept. 3, 1942, in Holcomb, MO, to Noah J. and Martha (Cooper) Sullivan.

Jerry worked as a senior assembler at Sullair Corporation, Michigan City, IN, retiring after 28 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and NASCAR, especially Bobby Labonte. Jerry loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his companion, Bert Clouse of LaPorte; one son, Galen (Leah) Sullivan of Carver, MA; three daughters, Quinn (Dan) West, Gerry (Darren) Bush and Ada Sullivan, all of Michigan City; one brother, Ralph (Janette) Sullivan of Cookeville, TN; five sisters, Melba Bettuo of Westville, IN, Doris (Bill) Hall of LaPorte, Linda Johnson of LaPorte, Paula Sullivan of Kentucky and Jo (Virgil) Metcalf of LaPorte; sister-in-law, Lene Sullivan of Royston, GA; eight grandchildren, Bryan, Aaron, Cori, Kali, Tia, Noah, Evan, and Amber; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Daryl Sullivan; two brothers, Jack and John L. Sullivan; one sister, Patty; and one grandson, Michael Schwarz.

A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, LaPorte, with Pastor Lorne Hodum officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until the service. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Buffalo, MI, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana Inc., 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.

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3 Responses to “Jerry Sullivan, 1942-2014”

  1. John and Mary Baumer

    Feb 05. 2014

    We will miss him. We wish all his children and loved ones peace. He lived a good life.

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  2. Lori Zakula

    Feb 06. 2014

    We will miss him so much! I’m so glad we got to know him for the short time we did! We will miss seeing him out during the spring and summer. He was a wonderful man.

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  3. Wanda Tinnin

    Feb 18. 2014

    We wanted to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. It was good to see everyone at the reunion in the summer of 2012. I will remember Jerry with deep affection and love.

    Wanda and Vicky

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