Gerald “Jerry” Sullivan, 1936-2021

 

Gerald “Jerry” Allen Sullivan, 85, passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at his home.

He was born Jan. 31, 1936, in La Porte, Ind., to Eli Alvin and Virginia Cleo (Reuille) Sullivan.

Jerry was born and raised out on 150 East in La Porte County. He grew quite a large family there; so large, in fact, that their street became known as “Sullivan Road.”  On a clear summer morning, you would likely hear Jerry shout, “Do what?” or “Dammit, Bonnie!” signaling to others that he had started his day. When the afternoon came, he would cruise the neighborhood on his golf cart, making his rounds and eagerly waiting to stalk the mailman. He loved putting his grandson, Kyle, to work and when the work was done, he looked forward to asking, “Kyle, can you get me an ice cream bar?” Around supper time, he would settle down by playing a round of his favorite card game, “Hand and Foot.” When the day was done, he would lounge in his favorite chair and drift off to sleep while watching his favorite westerns, wrestling, or game shows.

Jerry served proudly in the United States Army. While he was stationed in Germany, he discovered German beer. He always proclaimed that he would never touch any other beer again because U.S. beer was terrible and German beer was amazing in comparison.

Jerry was his family’s favorite “OG”.  His granddaughters were his sweethearts, and he was very proud of his grandsons. His great-grandkids were his pride and joy. His wife and children were his whole world.

Jerry knew no stranger. His Dunes Hospice nurses would tell you that if you stepped foot into his door, you instantly became family. Though he is no longer with us, his legacy and love live within us all. He is watching over us. For those of you reading this, he is watching over you, too, because that was just the kind of big-hearted man he was.

On Aug. 7, 1971, in La Porte, he married Bonnie Vore, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Ronald (Brenda) Sullivan of La Porte, Debra (Rick) Rodriguez of Weed, Calif., Micheal (Miriam) Sullivan of Yuma, Ariz., Amanda (Scott) Newcomb of Rolling Prairie, Ind., Susan Hadden of Lebanon, Ind., Elizabeth (Dale Gilchrist) Reinfurth of Rolling Prairie, and Carol (Jim) Alarcon of South Bend, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, William (Sandy) Sullivan; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Richard Sullivan, Juanita Hostetler, Edward Sullivan, Ruth Sims and Wanda Sullivan; and grandson, Alexander Wolford.

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. A private family service will take place.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, Ind. 46383.

Messages of condolence may be posted below.

7 Responses to “Gerald “Jerry” Sullivan, 1936-2021”

  1. Juli Bateman

    Feb 28. 2021

    Amanda, Scott. Brent and Kyle we are so sorry for your loss. Jan, Juli and Gary.

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  2. wendell wiltfong

    Feb 28. 2021

    Worked at Howmet sawJerry often looked forward to seeing and talking to him at the quarter century dinner.Jerry was always happy to see you.rest in peace

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  3. Stan Mrozinski (dad)

    Feb 28. 2021

    Jerry was a he** of a guy! Going to be a real added addition to heaven. I’ll see you again someday my friend. Prayers to the family. Love Stan and Teresa

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  4. Mary Kabacinski

    Feb 28. 2021

    Bonnie and family…so sorry to hear this…you know I always enjoyed talking to Jerry at work(Howmet), and seeing you both at the Howmet picnics and functions…we always found something to laugh and joke about… Condolences to your families…God rest his soul

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  5. Joanne Haferkamp

    Mar 02. 2021

    Dear Bonnie and family,

    Special thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Will miss seeing you and Jerry at Quarter century. Loved talking and spending time. Jerry was a special guy..

    Joni

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  6. Diane Fedder

    Mar 06. 2021

    What a beautiful obituary! I’m so sorry for your families loss. What a great man. I’ll forever be his “girlfriend “ Bonnie. Lol. Love and miss you friend. God Bless!

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  7. carole sims

    Mar 14. 2021

    I’m so sorry for your loss Bonnie and family.

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