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Robert “Bob” Sullivan

Posted January 28, 2015 in Obituaries, Johnston
Robert George Sullivan, 86, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2015, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA with his devoted wife of 64 years, Dolly, by his side. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 31, at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church in Des Moines at 11:00 a.m., where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Robert "Bob" Sullivan

Robert “Bob” Sullivan

Bob was born June 15, 1928, the eldest son of George and Susan Sullivan in Minneapolis, MN. Bob and Dolly met and married in Lakeville, MN where Bob farmed the family’s Century Farm. They moved to Cedar Rapids in 1962, where they raised nine children and Bob had a successful career in real estate. They retired in Johnston where they have resided since 1992.

Bob was very proud of his family and had great faith. He loved to welcome each new member into the family and was proud to tell anyone that “We are now 69 strong.” (Soon to be 71!) He loved to read, golf, play cards, work in the yard and travel with family and friends. Bob was an avid Viking and Twins fan. He loved following his grandchildren’s games. He was enjoying Iowa State basketball right until the end.

Bob had a great sense of humor and never met a stranger. He was a master storyteller and his many stories will live on through his children and grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife Dolly; eight children, Julie (Patrick) Schulte of Des Moines, Michael (Stephanie) Sullivan of Oklahoma City, Carrie (Michael) Thrall of Johnston, Clancy (Trish) Sullivan of Des Moines, Tim (Joan) Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, Sarah (Paul) Duwelius of Portland, OR, Nell (Dan) Duwelius of Des Moines, and Matt (Ann) Sullivan of West Des Moines; twenty four grandchildren Betsy Thill, Ben (Nicole) Geres, Annie (Nate) Lamb, Catherine (Ryan) Arnswald, Katelyn (Brendan) Yoshimoto, Molly (Casey) Krager, Ally (Chris) Lovely, Ryan (Lauren) Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, Casey Sullivan, Dan Sullivan , Matt (Jenni) Sullivan, Cal Sullivan, Will Sullivan, Colin Sullivan, Maggie Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, Maureen Duwelius, Connor Duwelius, Maggie Duwelius, Ellen (Steve) Darcy, Jack Duwelius, Clare Duwelius, and Andy Sullivan; and sixteen great grandchildren, Charlie, Tommy, Madeline, Connor, Grace, Lily, Jackson, Henry, Nora, Halle, Walter, Aiden, Patrick, Colin, Zoe, and Harrison; and two brothers, Pat Sullivan of St. Paul, MN and Jerry (Jackie) Sullivan of Clovis, CA. He was preceded in death by his daughter Laurie, his parents and sister Maureen Vachuska.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church or Mercy Hospice Johnston. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Iowa Methodist West, Bishop Drumm and Mercy Hospice in Johnston.


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