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John L. Sullivan, III

John L. Sullivan, III was born July 20, 1952 in Cooperstown, New York and departed this life on January 7, 2020 at his home in Harrisonville, Missouri.

He was the son of John L.  Sullivan, Jr. and Betty May (Tauss) Sullivan.

John spent his early years in New York where he graduated from high school. After graduation, John joined the United States Air Force and proudly served his country in Vietnam.

On November 27, 1982, John was united in marriage with Sandra Lee Terry in Cleveland, Missouri. After their marriage, Sandy and John lived in Clinton, Missouri, where they both found joy in mentoring foster children. Later they moved to Cleveland, Missouri and in 2009 moved to Harrisonville to make their home. Mrs. Sandra (Terry) Sullivan preceded John in death on November 2, 2010. After her death, John continued to live in Harrisonville.

John worked in the construction field and as a general handyman. In his spare time, John loved to hunt and fish. He was avid motorcycle enthusiast.

In addition to his wife Sandy, John was preceded in death by his father, John L. Sullivan, Jr. who passed away in 1971.

He is survived by his mother, Betty May Barrett of West Winfield, New York; four brothers, Rick Sullivan and wife Robin, Terry Sullivan and wife Susan, Pat Sullivan and wife Karen, and Scott Sullivan and wife Julie all of West Winfield, New York; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Shannon Terry of Cleveland, Missouri, Donna and Lyle Schow of Harrisonville, Missouri, Rose and David High of Cleveland, Missouri, Charlie Terry, and Bill and Etta Terry all of Lockwood, Missouri; godson, Michael Starr of Louisburg, Kansas; god daughter, Bryanna Terry of Cleveland, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and many friends.

As John requested, cremation has been accorded. No services are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please do a good deed for someone, that’s all John would have wanted.

4 Messages

  • Shannon Terry Posted January 16, 2020 8:49 pm

    John was a great man, he was an honest loyal, and determined Friend and the very essence of what an “Uncle” should be. John along with his late wife Sandy were the God parents of my children and although we rejoice that he had Gone Home to be the love of his life he is greatly missed and will leave a vacant place in my heart and my table. Farewell John Safe Journey Home

  • Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum Posted January 17, 2020 3:54 am

    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of John L. Sullivan, III, give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
    I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
    My thoughts
    and prayers to the family of ….

    US Air Force Veteran, John L. Sullivan, III, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  • David And Rose Mumbulo Posted January 17, 2020 8:18 am

    John’s family and friends-Sending prayers and condolences expressing our deepest sympathy. ‘Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.’ –Matthew 5: 4

  • Blanche L (Wakefield) Hurlbutt Posted January 17, 2020 10:04 am

    John was one of my classmates through-out our years at Edmeston Central. John was always fun & making us laugh. We tried staying in touch after high school, but life got in the way. Thank you John for being a good friend and serving our country so we can be free. You will be remembered at our class reunion this year & not forgotten.

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