Earl Leroy Sullivan, 91, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Earl was born to David and Alice Sullivan on June 4, 1921 in Rifle, CO. He had two brothers, Harley and Arthur, and six sisters, Mildred McGraw, Delores Hatcher, Zella Rae Warehime, Irene Long, Florence Falk, and Geneave Duncan. He grew up in Rifle until he attended Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction. During college he worked at the Farr Bean Company.
In December 1942, he joined the United States Marine Corps stationed out of California and fought in Iwo Jima. He then returned to Brush in January 1946. On May 5, 1946, he married the love of his life, Ernestine Knox. They are blessed with three children, Stella (Carlson), Ernest and Veryl.
Earl taught school for 21 years in Sunny Dale, Prospect Valley, Walden, and Fort Morgan from 1958 until December 1975. In 1976, Earl purchased his dream ranch in Deaver, Wyoming, where he raised cattle and seed beans for a living.
He was a lifelong sports enthusiast, champion bowler, and an avid photographer. A passionate traveler, Earl was able to experience many domestic and foreign locales between his military service and travel with his wife and family.
Earl is survived by his wife of almost 67 years; his three children; eleven grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 26th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Heer Mortuary Chapel, 225 East Platte Avenue, in Fort Morgan.
Services celebrating Earl's life will be held on Saturday, April 27th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Heer Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens. Reception will follow the graveside service, location to be announced.
The family acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy. We request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Earl's name to the Widow's Bereavement account at Community Banks of Colorado, 3635 23rd Avenue, Evans, CO 80620 or Wounded Warrior Project.
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Apr. 24, 2013