James “Jim” Sullivan, 86, of Northwood, ND, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his children, in his home on Monday, March 8th.
Jim was born on August 20, 1934 to Harold and Leona Sullivan. He grew up and went to school in Larimore, graduating from Larimore High School in 1952. After graduation, Jim enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War from 1953-55, entering as a Private and being discharged as Corporal. When he returned from Korea, he worked for Great Northern Railroad and as a Core Driller for Sprag and Henwood. In 1958, Jim started his career in the United States Postal Service serving as clerk and postmaster, but later as a Rural Route Carrier, retiring after 38 years.
Jim was known for his sense of humor, strong Catholic faith and willingness to lend a hand whenever help was needed. He was an active member of AA for over 36 years. He was passionate about hunting and fishing. His time on the lake, in the deer stand or walking shelterbelts was when he was happiest. He adored his family and would always bring a smile and laughter to a room whether it was with the stories of his life, a good joke, or a funny card during the holidays. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved listening to the tales of Grandpa Jim.
Jim is survived by his daughter Jodi (John) Johnson, son Shawn Sullivan, step children David Rock, Wendy Snyder, Dennis Rock, Dean Rock and Julie Rock, brother Pat Sullivan, grandchildren Heather Sullivan, Doug Sullivan, Justin (Erin) Johnson and Ashley (Daniel) Johnson, 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, wives Marcia and Carol, son’s Mark and Michael, brother Ben and sister Mary.