James E. Sullivan

March 1, 1936April 12, 2014
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James E. Sullivan, 78, of Washington, Ill., passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.James was born in Peoria on March 1, 1936, to Edwin and Catherine (Hinds) Sullivan. He married Emma Jean Dreher on Aug. 3, 1974. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marlene Meisse and Maxine Masters; grandchildren, Shay and Billy; and infant daughter, Rhonda Sue.Also surviving are three daughters, Kathy (Greg) Hunt of Holt, Mo., Cheryl (Tim) Ludwig of Shell Knob, Mo., and Kelly (Darin) Denisar of Jacksonville, Ill.; four stepchildren, Eugene (Linda) Campbell of Washington, Ill., Patricia Hardy of Orlando, Fla., Ronald Joe (Rose) Campbell of Peoria, Ill., and Karen Lane of Sunnyland, Ill.; brother, Larry (Ellen) Sullivan of Bartonville, Ill.; grandchildren, Heather, T.J., Brittany, Beth, Richard, Riley, Mike, Richard, Cheryl, Brandon, Chad, Jaime, Amy, Erik and Josh; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Evan, Emma, Justin, Samantha, Ashley, Brett, Austin, Chelsea, Hailey, Ethan, Madeline, Lilleth, Brian, Lydia, Elyce, Tenley and Adelyn; and also many nieces and nephews.James enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17, and served as a teletype operator in Hawaii. After serving his country, he began working for the Rock Island Railroad, and later become a dispatcher for Commercial Lovelace and Hyman Freightways, from where he retired in the late 1980's. Jim was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears fan. He loved all sports, ranging from golf to pool. He also enjoyed collecting Beanie Babies and quarters.Services for Jim will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Pastor Jack Thompson will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Historic Springdale Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald house or The Make-A-Wish Foundation.Online condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Mike the bugman

April 17, 2014

Mourn his travel that he might feel your love,honor him in everything you say and do for this is the life he gave to you and thank him each day for going ahead and preparing a place for you as the circle of life continues.

Rose Jackson

April 17, 2014

Sorry for your loss. I will miss him coming into Walmart. I enjoyed my days hunting beanie babies with him in line. What a great man. I will miss him. My prayers go out to Jims family.

Stacy Keysor

April 17, 2014

To the three daughters of Jim Sullivan,
We may have only known you for a short period of time in the ICU waiting room, but seems like we have known you girls for years. Although we both wished for different outcomes, it was comforting to know we shared this experience with wonderful people. The Kerker Family. (Pat - mother, Stacy, Susan, Nikol and Leigh)

Lester Hall

April 17, 2014

I'm Sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing. I would run into Jim around Washington? He and my half brother Robert Hall would run around together back when I was a young kid. Jimmy would take time and talk with us (myself and my sister Bonnie) back then. He will Truly be missed. God Bless.

Richard Spring

April 16, 2014

I never had a chance to meet Mr. Sullivan but he has left behind a legacy of 3 daughters that are 3 of the finest women I have had the privilege to know. I love them dearly and know that he must have been a special man to be a father to such fine girls. I am sorry I never had a chance to meet him but it is safe to say that his light will shine forever through them. Love and comfort to all in this time of loss.

Lee and Avis Bernius

April 15, 2014

May God comfort you and care for you in your grief. Jim, you were a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss you dearly.

Becky Curtis

April 15, 2014

Uncle Jim...I hope you knew how much you were loved by me. I always enjoyed seeing you when I can remember whenever we came to Peoria you would always come see me. I will miss you!!

April 15, 2014

May God bring peace and comfort to the family during your time of loss.
Willie & Vicki Cassidy

stephanie zilch

April 15, 2014

May god comfort you and give you strength during this sad time my mother enjoyed visiting him and talking about when they were kids She truly loved her brothers and sister. God bless all of you.

April 15, 2014

Gone but not forgotten. I will miss you dearly and love you always Grandpa! With Love, Jamie