James “Jim” Patrick Sullivan

Sunday, June 6, 2021
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James “Jim” Patrick Sullivan, age 82, of Richey, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings.

A Life Tribute Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Celebrant Heidi Carney officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Dawson County Cemetery. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Jim was born in Glendive on Feb. 6, 1939 to Patrick and Laura (Menter) Sullivan. As a youngster he would often talk his Grandpa Menter, who lived nearby, into giving him a quarter to go buy candy. He attended school in Glendive, graduating from DCHS in 1957. He attended DCC for a short time.

His first job was setting pins at the bowling alley. He also worked at Safeway and Great Northern Railway freight house while attending high school. He was a member of the National Guard before joining the Navy. He served aboard the USS Frontier.

On June 21, 1961 Jim and Agnes Pavlicek were married at the North Island Naval Air Station Chapel at Coronado, Calif. Jim retired from the Navy with 21 years military service after being stationed in various locations with his wife and sons. He and Agnes moved to the ranch near Richey in 1980 and have resided there since.

He worked at the Farmers Union Station in Richey as well as working 20 years for the town of Richey.

Jim enjoyed fishing, school sports events, country life and feeding cows with the John Deere tractor. He and Agnes travelled to many USS Frontier reunions, enjoying the comradery of his shipmates and seeing many sights. Also, a trip to Alaska was quite an adventure.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Agnes; two sons, Brad (Tracey) Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Brian (Lorraine) Sullivan of Denver, Colo. Jim also leaves behind brothers, John (Ruth) Sullivan of Glendive, and George Sullivan of Mohave Valley, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kilee Sullivan (Kris) of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Layne Sullivan (Anna) of Des Moines, Iowa, and Ryan Oberthien of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Kiersten and Taryn; Godson, Layton Veverka; as well as his nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gordon Sullivan and Gene Sullivan; an infant sister; as well as aunts, uncles and friends.

Jim was an independent Irishman who was loved by those who knew him. Precious memories of you Dad. Memorials may be made to the kidney disease foundation or charity of one’s choice.

Remembrances and condolences can be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.