William J. Sullentrup III, 81, Washington, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014.|
William, son of the late William Sullentrup Jr. and wife Olivia, neeBoeckmann/ Straatmann, was born Dec. 28, 1932, in Washington. Bill was loved his whole life and was considered a character by everyone who knew him. He graduated from St. Francis Borgia High School in 1950 and became a meat cutter at Droege's Super Market before proudly serving our country as a baker with the U.S. Army in Germany. Before he went overseas, he fell completely in love with Ruth Marie Eckelkamp, married her, and formed a bond that lasted 62 years.
Bill considered his life purpose to bring joy to people. He thought a joke could make anyone's day and did his best to make that happen as often as possible. His professional career revolved around cost accounting-engineering work for local manufacturers: Zero, Washington Metal Fabricators, SKF and Clemco. He continued his education at Ranken Trade School and Washington University. He was a member of St. Francis Borgia Parish, the notorious Borgia Choir, Knights of Columbus, VFW Post 2661, and the American Legion. One of the highlights of his life was taking the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. He served on the city of Washington Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. He was an active member of the Borgia Athletic Association, the Monday/Thursday Parish Volunteers, various finance committees and task forces, and for years, was a leading fund-raiser for the United Way Campaign. He was a scrappy baseball and basketball player who competed beyond his size and forged a group of friendships he cherished his whole life. He gladly lost golf balls and poker money with those guys on a regular basis.
He is survived by his wife Ruthie; five of their six children, Barb Boudreau and husband Gerry, Greg Sullentrup and wife Mary, Mary Jo Sullentrup, Larry Sullentrup and wife Sally, and Gwen Mauntel and husband Tim; one sister, Marylou Storment; his close friends and their wives, Joe Borgerding, Nicey Eckelkamp, Mickey and Smiley Holtmeier and Mrs. Murphy, who will live forever. He was lovingly known as Gramps to Carrie Mirth and husband Jeremy, Tom Boudreau, Paul Boudreau and wife Katie, Erin Sullentrup, Zach Sullentrup, Matt Sullentrup, Jeremy Sullentrup and wife Leah, Jane Stanley and husband James, Chris Hanneken and wife Jamie, Brad Hanneken and wife Ellen, Gwen Hanneken, Eric Sullentrup, Tanner Bainbridge, Trey Bainbridge, Kelly Mauntel, John Mauntel, and Ray Mauntel; and 16 great-grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Sullentrup Jr. and Olivia Straatmann; one son, Mike Sullentrup; his parents-in-law, Lawrence and wife Caroline Eckelkamp; one brother, Bob Sullentrup; his in-laws, those he considered brothers and sisters, Maurice and Bert Eckelkamp, Rusty Borgerding, Sal and Margie Jasper, Ray and Dorothy Jasper, and Les Eckelkamp.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 22, in the second floor gathering area at Jesuit Hall on the Borgia parish campus at the corner of Main and Cedar streets. A memorial Mass was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 23, at St. Francis Borgia Church, Washington.
Memorials may be given to SFB Regional High School, 1000 Borgia Drive, Washington, MO 63090, Attention: Advancement Office.
The Sullentrup family was served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Washington.
Published in The Missourian on June 25, 2014