Tommy Jack Sullivan

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Tommy Jack Sullivan, 97, died on September 26 at his home in Dunnellon, Florida.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to many over his long lifetime. He leaves behind six children, Tom Jr., Susan (Craig) Gieler, Bruce (Susan), Brian (Mary), Bill (Cyndee) Mudge and Jim. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Sarah (Osborn) 1920-1960; and his wife of over 50 years, Elizabeth (Baxter) 1920-2014; and four brothers.
Tom was born in Eagle, Michigan, to Martha P. Christman and William Albert Sullivan and grew up in Plainwell, Michigan. After he married Naomi, he moved to Viroqua, Wisconsin, where he owned an Auto and Hardware store.
Soon after Naomi's sudden death, he moved to Racine, Wisconsin, and worked for Oron Sales out Minneapolis, MN. It was in Racine that Tom and Betty blended their 6 children and lived until they retired and moved to Citrus Springs, Florida, more than 25 years ago. He enjoyed his very large family over the years celebrating many birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions with as many family members as possible.
Tom was a World War II veteran and served his country in the South Pacific with distinction, earning a Purple Heart. He was a member of several country clubs and was a lifelong lover of the game of golf, which he played well into his 90s. He and Betty were members of the Community Congregational Christian Church for over 25 years and served the members of the church in many different capacities, most recently as business manager. He was known for his great memory and often told stories of his travels all over this country and the world.
He lived a long, fruitful and blessed life and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Oct. 4, 2015
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