Michael Edward Sullivan
October 5, 1941 – March 1, 2019
Michael Edward Sullivan, 77, of Independence, MO passed away peacefully on March 1,2019.
Mike was born to John Edward Sullivan and Madeline Delia Heydon on Oct. 5, 1941. Born in Independence, he lived in Sugar Creek and Independence, MO. for most of his life. Later, he also spent some time living in Louisiana and Alabama, as he enjoyed the southern culture. He returned to Independence, where he remained until his passing.
Mike was a smart, athletic young man. He played football in high school and graduated class president in 1959 from St. Mary’s High School. After high school, he attended college at Rolla, MO. Later in life, he attended Park University, graduating with a double major in business and management. Always a bright student, he excelled at everything he did.
Mike was a member of IBEW local 124 electrical union and retired from Kansas City Power and Light with a career as an electrical technician. he was a valued member of the field and truly enjoyed his work. True to his heart of doing good for others, earlier in life he also spent several years as a Deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
Throughout his life, he was a man that would hold to his word. Always a friend when you needed him, he valued his friends and loved his family. Whenever needed, he could stand fast as some considered him a giant among men.
Mike is survived by his older brother, John Vincent Sullivan and wife Cela, his younger brother James Patrick Sullivan and wife Monica, his three sons, Michael David Sullivan and life partner Matt, Daniel Vincent Sullivan, and Chris Patrick Sullivan and wife Samantha. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Taylor Sullivan, Lindsey Sullivan, and Christopher Sullivan, as well as his nieces, Andrea Sullivan, Nichole Polley, Megan Gilbert, and Christina Corso, and nephews, John Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, and PJ Sullivan. Happiness found him with good friend Teri Williams who could bring the most wonderful smile to his face. Teri cared for him and she stayed by his side till he found peace.
Mike was a wonderful man and never wanted more than he needed. Any gestures for him are appreciated, but in lieu of flowers, it would’ve made him happy for gestures to be given to good causes.
- John Edward Sullivan, Father
- Madeline Delia (Heydon) Sullivan, Mother
- John Vincent (Cela) Sullivan, Brother
- James Patrick (Monica) Sullivan, Brother
- Michael David Sullivan and life partner Matt, Son
- Daniel Vincent Sullivan, Son
- Chris Patrick (Samantha) Sullivan, Son
- Taylor Sullivan, Lindsey Sullivan and Christopher Sullivan, Grandchildren
- Andrea Sullivan, Nichole Polley, Megan Gilbert and Christina Corso, Nieces
- John Sullivan, Sean Sullivan and PJ Sullivan, Nephews
- Teri Williams, Friend
- Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
- Committal Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
Michael Edward Sullivan
Pat Herrman (Hill)
March 6, 2019
I was sadden upon hearing of Mike's passing. We attended St. Mary's High School together and I had a crush on him for years. He was a great guy and a good friend. I'm sorry I didn't try to stay in touch. I have so many wonderful memories of our school years. Stirred my memory of : Larry Sandage, Arnie Aprill, Virginia Shaffer, Teresa Ward, George Carson, Jack Ross, and so many others. My prayers and sympathy to Mike's family.
Pat Herrman (Hill)
March 5, 2019
When I moved down to St Francisville, LA maybe 1979 or 1980, and stopped at the first place my friend and I saw, which was a hole in the wall deli-gas station to grab a quick bite....well, we placed our order, sat down and there across the room was someone I swore I knew, but couldn't place the name. My friend kept saying, we just got here, how can you know him? I just kept staring, then he started staring back and so it went...back and forth back and forth...staring and then all of a sudden I almost fell getting to his table and blurting out, "You are a Sullivan!" I know you aren't Pat, are you Mike or John? He looked bewildered, and said yes, I am Mike Sullivan and you are? I mean how strange after many many years to see someone you've known since a child and hadn't seen in years to be the first person you meet in that rinky dinky town ! Amazing! Then years later we rekindled our old friendship and had so many laughs ...and drinks...what wonderful memories..such a good man I shall miss. Godspeed Mike...