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Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH

OBITUARY

Kenneth J. Sullivan

November 24, 1937June 21, 2020

Sullivan, Kenneth John, Jr., age 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 21, 2020 with his wife, Eileen and family by his side in Dayton, OH. The eldest of nine children, he was born on November 24, 1937, in Fairfield, Iowa to the late Helen Sullivan (nee Murphy) and Kenneth John Sullivan, Sr. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Virginia Sullivan (nee Delany) and his brother, Mark Sullivan. Ken spent summers beginning in grade school working on the Murphy family farm. He funded his college tuition driving a delivery truck for Metz's Manufacturing in Dubuque, Iowa, and worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry before retiring at age 70. Ken attended mass and worked out at his local gym on a daily basis, and was an avid golfer. At age 80, he shot a 77 on a round with his son Mike. Ken was incredibly proud of his 11 children, Dr. Alan (Renee`) Thurman, Pat (Nancy) Sullivan, Julie (Larry) Thorner, Denny (Kristen) Sullivan, David (Anne) Thurman, Mike (Rita) Sullivan, Jennifer (Matt) Pond, Maureen (Timothy) McClure, Mike (Dina) Thurman, Katie (Pete) Masalin, Molly (Alex) North, 28 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He took his family to Notre Dame football games on a regular basis, and never missed an Irish football game on TV. He was a loving and dedicated husband to his wife, Eileen (Thurman) Sullivan. They recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Ken and Eileen have been lifetime supporters of Catholic education. His family remembers him as a humble, loyal and hardworking man who prioritized faith, family and country. A Walk Through Social Distancing visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at the Tobias Funeral Home- Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Road at Grange Hall Road with a rosary service following at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020, at St. Luke Catholic Church, 1440 N. Fairfield Road with Father Terry Schneider as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts be made to Carroll High School and St. Luke Grade School. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Carroll High School
  • St. Luke Grade School

Services

  • Walk Through Social Distancing Visitation

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, June 26, 2020

Memories

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Jerry Sullivan

July 1, 2020

Kenny John, I remember the times you visited us in Macomb. Those were good times. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cousin Jerry

Nicole LaSelle

June 26, 2020

God bless you, Uncle Kenny Sullivan. Thanks for your support over the years, cheering me on at every state meet for cross country and track all four years. I love you and will miss our conversations at family celebrations and the gym. Your genuineness will not be forgotten.

Linda Sullivan

June 25, 2020

Kenny was the first of the Sullivan Family Mark introduced me to in the Fall of 1968.
He was so very kind and welcoming. That was the beginning of a lifetime of friendship with my brother in law. He always gave me a big hug, with positive words and had a genuine interest in our children. I will miss hearing his welcome “Hey Glinder” ... a cocktail and a miss pronounce of my name that has lasted thru the years. Rest In Peace dear man.
You and Mark behave yourselves in heaven. ☘️


Kathy Hepker

June 25, 2020

My heart goes out to all of you. We are losing a good one but another angel will be watching over you. I have so many great memories of the times we all got together when we were young. The things I'll always remember most are our trips to Des Plaines and the races in the backyard, family football games in Dubuque at Washington H.S. and Uncle Kenny and dad would be our Q.B.'s and somehow always made the game a tie when it ended, and you can't forget when he took us bear hunting and he was the only one that ever saw the bears we were chasing. A lot of GREAT memories. But my most favorite memory is when he would call me Cass. It was a nickname that he always called me and I'll remember it always. Thinking about all of you and miss you lots! You are in my prayers.

Kathy

Virgil Hemphill

June 25, 2020

Ken, a retired drup rep, and I, a retired surgeon, met at Beavercreek golf course a few years ago. We played together occasionally and talked more frequently. He wouldnt discuss politics or religion because when he was a drug rep he learned not to do that. So we discussed our families. He talked about his trips to Palm Springs. His golf outings with some family members. I was introduced to several of them at the golf course. Scotty would come with him sometimes too. Ken always had a smile and a laugh. He had to finish his round on time so he could get home in time for happy hour with his wife. i joked that he had such a rigid schedule-mass every morning, then golf, then happy hour every afternoon with Eileen. I’ll miss his smiling face and our brief discussions. He was a good Godly gentleman.

Bart Brown

June 25, 2020

I met Kenny through our mutual friend, Al Eberhardt, when we were all about 15 years old. We got to know each other well at football practice and school at Loras Academy , an all-men’s Catholic high school and boarding academy. During our high school years, we spent a lot of time together at Ken’s home, and at school dances (NYO), with a group of guys, who included Al Eberhardt, Jerry Collins, Paul Breitbach, Skip Haas, and Dick Hill, a public school friend, whom we sneaked into the Catholic school dances. We have all been close friends from that time on, with our friendship continuing with marriages, kids, grandchildren, road trips to visit each other and golf! Ken was a great, warm -hearted, fun, and consistently kind man. I was blessed to have met him, to have had him in my life , and to call him my good friend. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies to Eileen, his beloved wife, and to all his children, step children and grandchildren. He was a great man and a wonderful life- long friend. Bart Brown

Theresa LaSelle

June 24, 2020

As the second youngest of nine children, my earliest memory of Kenny is watching him prepare for a date. It was a ritual. He would be listening to a very large radio that sat in between three bunk beds. Now granted, the “boys room” (and we called it the “boys room”) was a large room, but what other family in Dubuque, Iowa had three bunk beds in one room? As the radio played music 🎶 Tan shoes and pink shoe laces, a polka dot vest and man oh man’🎼 Kenny sang along and gave me that wonderful cute little Kenny smile.

Kathy Murphy Martin

June 24, 2020

Kenny was warm and friendly and had a wonderful smile. He always made you feel special. He and Eileen would always visit mom when they were back in Iowa. Fourth of July picnics were always memorable at Eagle Point Park. You all are in my prayers, Love Kathy Murphy Martin

Tim Norbut

June 24, 2020

On behalf of the Norbut family I would like to offer our heart felt condolences on the loss of Ken to the Sullivan and Thurman clans. He was a remarkable man who we admired and respected greatly. He was the template of what every Catholic man should aspire to be and the Carroll-St. Luke community will miss his strong presence. For me personally, Ken always went out of his way to encourage me to be the best that I could be. It didn't matter what, just work as hard as you can, and everything else will take care of itself. He was a master story teller and had a flair for just making you feel good about yourself.

We will miss his great smile, that twinkle in his eye, and the great stories.

Tim Norbut

Mike Mele-Wagner

June 24, 2020

May God continue to Bless the Sullivan and Thurman Families, during this time of loss and grieving. May the kindness, support and humor which Ken and his entire Family extended to me and so many others, throughout the years, be returned to all who feel the loss of this Great Man. Few men fully succeed in becoming such a solid pillar of Family, Community and Society; in these areas Ken succeeded beyond measure. We’re all blessed to have known him, and to have been welcomed into his Amazing Family.

FROM THE FAMILY