William Allen "Al" Sullivan

Born: Mon., Dec. 11, 1933
Died: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017


Visitation

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Nov. 07, 2017
Location: Jerome Christian Church


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Nov. 08, 2017
Location: Jerome Christian Church


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William Allen “Al” Sullivan, 83, of Greentown, passed away at 11:41 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born December 11, 1933, in Macon County, Tennessee, to Jay and Earlene (Stafford) Sullivan.

At the age of seventeen, Al quit school to join the U.S. Navy in 1951. He served three years during the Korean War on the destroyer the U.S.S. Henderson DD785. While on that destroyer, they received a Presidential Citation for participation in the invasion of Inchon.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Al returned to Alexandria, Indiana, and received his G.E.D. He then joined the U.S. Air Force. After technical school, he was assigned to the 76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and was stationed in Presque Isle, Maine.

On September 2, 1956, Al married the love of his life, Joyce Hinds, and they moved to Maine for two years. Al was then transferred to McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando, Florida. He obtained the rank of staff sergeant and was honorably discharged in the summer of 1959.

Upon returning to Indiana, Al went to work at Delco Electronics in Kokomo, starting in skilled trades, and retired as a general supervisor in 1991, after 31 years of service. He then went to work as the maintenance manager for Cablec Cable in Marion for the next five years, retiring in 1996.

Then, to enjoy their retirement years, Al and Joyce found their little piece of heaven in Tampa, Florida, called Regency Cove, where they spent their next 23 winters.

Al’s favorite pastime was hunting. He loved to hunt deer and went back to Maine deer hunting with friends for 25 years. His pride catch, besides the deer, was a black bear. Al also enjoyed volunteering at Community Howard Regional Hospital in Kokomo for the past eight years. He was a member of the Greentown Lions Club for 25 years and also served on the Board of Trustees for some years at Regency Cove.

In addition to his wife, Joyce Sullivan, he is survived by his three children, Michael Allen (Pernilla) Sullivan, of Ypsislati, Michigan, Mark David (Amy) Sullivan, of Paris, France, and Michelle Joy (Curt) Clouser, of Swayzee; six grandchildren, Mike (Danyail) Sullivan, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Shana Lynn (Brian) Stevenson, of Wixom, Michigan, Sean David Sullivan, of Northville, Michigan, Beau Allen Clouser, of Swayzee, Landon William Clouser, of Swayzee, and Cami Joy Clouser, of Swayzee.

Funeral services for Al will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Jerome Christian Church, 9535 E. 100 S., Greentown, with Pastor David Stokes and Elder Dick Moser officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greentown with military rites by the American Legion Post #317. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Hasler & Stout Funeral Home, Greentown, has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at 
www.hasler-stout.com. The family request that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior project, American Cancer Society and/or Jerome Christian Church envelopes will be available at the church.

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Dennis Keith
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
Joyce, Mike, Mark & Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. It breaks my heart to hear of Al's passing. It was a great pleasure for me to have grown up on 1100E road. Your parents always treated me like one of the family and I can't imagine having a better childhood. I have many good memories of Al and they will last me a lifetime. He truly was an amazing man and I'm glad I got the chance to know him. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the funeral due to work obligations, but please know that you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all and give you strength and comfort in this difficult time.

John and Sue Keith
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
Joyce, Mike, Mark and Michelle,
John and I are sorry to hear about Al's passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. We will always remember when we first move to Greentown, Mark was the first person Dennis met. Was thrilled when he came home to tell us. Then Mark started Kevin in swimming and what a thrill that was for us and him too. Those were good memories that you can't forget. You were like family to both of them. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bruce & Lori Haugen
   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
Joyce,
We are so sorry to hear about Al. We will always remember Al as a Christian who put his beliefs into action. I never asked Al what his favorite bible verse was, but when I think of him, I look at James 2: 26 --"faith without works is dead."

Garrett Floyd
   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
I had the pleasure of volunteering with Al at Community Howard Hospital a couple of years ago. He was quite a bit older than I and I looked up to him and I told him so one day. He was a pleasant, kind, charismatic man and I have never forgotten him even though our volunteering was brief. I know his family is proud of him and just know he was greatly loved. Thank God he lived a full life and I have no doubt he lives with our Lord. I am sure he has touched many lives as well as mine. May God bless you all.

Ron Holland
   Posted Thu November 09, 2017
Dear Mark:
I was saddened to learn of the passing of your Dad. He was certainly a very inspirational gentleman. In reading through the outline of his life, it was no surprise to see a large list of activities that could be classified under Service: service to his country, service to his community. However, his greatest legacy is being such a special Dad and Granddad.
Sincere sympathy,
Ron Holland
Camrose, Alberta Canada