Wulff Funeral Home


James Martin Sullivan

October 11, 1957April 3, 2021

James Martin (Jim) Sullivan. On Wednesday, April 3, Jim, loving husband to Ann (Rishavy) Sullivan passed away at age 63 due to complications from cardiac arrest.

Jim was born Oct. 11, 1957, in LeMars, Iowa and grew up in Alvord, Iowa. He spent most of his life in White Bear Lake. He was a kind, loving and caring husband who took great pleasure in dragging Ann grocery shopping (she hated it) and teaching her to cook (she loved that). He’ll be in her heart, always and forever. Jim was known for his quick wit, infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He loved to make people laugh. He loved conversation and would chat with anyone for hours. He loved to write screenplays, play guitar, listen to classic rock music and cook. He loved anything NASA and SpaceX related, and would give his family and friends personal tours of Kennedy Space Center. Jim was so well read and knowledgeable, no one could beat him at trivia. He quietly gave his time, energy and money to many. He was part of the 1998 Winter Carnival Family and Vulcan Krewe. During one of their many community events, the Krewe visited the Children’s Hospital where Jim brought so much light, laughter and joy to the kids. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by wife of 22 years, Ann (Rishavy), feline kids Sammy, Peepers and Goose; Father, Robert Sullivan; siblings Tom (Kim) Sullivan and Sue (Dave) Berg; inlaws Carol & Mark Ponsolle, Bob & Sue Rishavy, Mike & Pat Rishavy. Jim considered his many nieces & nephews as his own kids. He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis, brother John and sister Laurie.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 6 p.m. We invite you to join this Celebration through LIVESTREAM on Jim's Facebook Page. A summer celebration of life will be held in Alvord. Details pending.


14 April

Celebration of Life

6:00 pm

Jim's Facebook Page


James Martin Sullivan

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Jan Sidla

April 12, 2021

AnnieAnn - You know I have no words (but that doesn't stop me from rambling). As I said earlier, losing a parent is one thing. Losing a spouse - your best friend, your partner, your love - is a totally different dynamic. Although I won't be there on Wednesday, I will be there in spirit and tuning in to hear all the wonderful memories that everyone will share about Jim. May you cherish all these memories and find comfort in your faith. Looking forward to seeing you soon so I can hug you in person, but for now sending hugs and prayers. Burrito. JannieJan

Karin Cram

April 10, 2021

Ann, while I never had the good fortune to meet Jim in person, I’m glad to have gotten to know him (even a little) and to discover the special relationship you shared, through many conversations with you. My heart absolutely hurts for you and with you. Losing a loved one is an indescribable pain and the journey through grief one of life’s biggest challenges. I trust that many memories and loving and caring family and friends will help bring you comfort and see you through this difficult time. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Adler

April 7, 2021

Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. You spoke so lovingly about Jim, and I know you two were best friends. You will be in my heart.

Jeff Hansen

April 7, 2021


My heart goes out to you and your family. Jim was a great guy, he will be missed.

Jeff Hansen

Dalyce Sellers

April 5, 2021

Jim was quite the character and he always made me laugh. Quite a softy at heart, was he. I will have fond memories of him the rest of my life. It was an honor to call him a friend.

Ray (Ferty) Anderson

April 5, 2021

Ann — We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim, our Ashes. We remember all the good vibes he projected for all of us. It saddens us extremely to have heard of his passing. Loni and I send our sincere sympathies. May he be blessed in Heaven before the devil knows he was gone. We send our love, Ray (Ferty) and Loni