John Gerard Sullivan

June 27, 1930January 29, 2019

Retired Brigadier General John Gerard Sullivan USAFR, resident of Leawood, KS died January 29, 2019. A native of Kansas City and a graduate of Rockhurst High School, he completed undergraduate studies at Rockhurst College; earned a Master’s degree at Auburn University and completed studies at United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College - Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.

After being commissioned in 1953 through the Aviation Cadet program, he earned double aeronautical ratings of Pilot and Navigator and accumulated over 11,000 flying hours in various heavy fixed wing aircraft.

His military career spanned 35 years and was primarily centered on Flight Operations Management and Command. His final assignment was Commander of the 433rd Military Airlift Wing at Kelly AFB, TX.

He and his spouse Mary (Jean), after numerous assignments and relocations, retired to the Kansas City area.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Jean (Blesener), daughters Ann Sullivan of Roseville CA and Jane Sullivan of Trinidad CA; sons Patrick of Colorado Springs, CO, and John of Keller, TX; and grandchildren Mary Katherine and Aidan.

Visitation is at 10:00 AM Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity, 3800 W. 119th Street, Leawood, KS followed at 11:00 AM with the celebration of a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow immediately after Mass at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.


  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, February 1, 2019

John Gerard Sullivan

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Judy Beasley Ford

February 8, 2019

My brother, Clarence (Skippy) Beasley served under General Sullivan and I'll always remember the kind word he shared about him and how much he admired him. I believe they kept in touch for many, many years after my brother left the Air Force.
I'm so sorry for your loss. The country lost a great patriot.
Judy Beasley Ford
Jacksonville, Fl

Mary Herzog

February 1, 2019

I remember fondly John's warm hospitality to me as a paper doll friend of Jean's. My thoughts and prayers are with Jean and the whole family in this time of loss.

Aidan Sullivan

January 31, 2019

My grandfather was the bravest man shareing his love with his sons and daughters and his loving wife. He provided his services to the United States of America doing things no soldiers would do flying great distances to help them. We will remember his greatness forever.