With most of his family at his side laughing and telling stories, Travis "Dale" Sullivan peacefully and eloquently died at home on July 27th 2013. He was born in Benton, Arkansas on June 4th 1931 to Elsie and William Sullivan. Leaving Arkansas because of severe poverty, his family moved to California to follow the fruit harvests. At age 17, he and his mother lied about his age so he could join the Army. He spent most of his enlistment in combat during the Korean War, where he suffered from frostbite which plagued him his entire life. While stationed at Fort Lewis, he met the love of his life, Karlene Erickson. They were married after his discharge in 1951. Together they raised five boys. Dale started several businesses including an appliance store, a sporting goods store, a television repair shop, and a music store. His tenacity in each, paid for his children's food, clothing, and education. Whatever was left over, paid for thousands of swim, music, ski, and golf lessons for his children. Dale retired as a stockbroker in 1993.
Dale and Karlene lived in Olympia, Seattle and Moses Lake, Washington, La Grande and Pendleton, Oregon, before moving to Eagle, Idaho. The last several years, they split their time between Eagle and the warm winters in Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii, etc.
Dale is survived by his wife of 61 years, Karlene, his five boys, Dale (LeAnne), Scott (Terri), Mike (Christy), Dan (Amy), John (Traci), 10 grandchildren, Cody, Kylie, Brandon, Chelsea, Patrick, Ryan, Dylan, Abigail, Kevin and William and 2 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother and father.
Dale taught his boys and their children many things throughout their lives; he taught them how to hunt and fish, to golf and to camp, and how to appreciate both the simple pleasures like the sun on a wilderness meadow and the finer things in life like a warm Hawaiian beach. He taught them honesty, sincerity, how to love, how to treat others, and in the end, he taught them all how to die with dignity and grace.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Len MacMillian at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 15th at Holy Apostles Church a reception will follow at the church. Committal services with military honors will be held at 3:00 PM at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dale's name to the St. Vincent de Paul, Holy Apostles Conference, 6300 N. Meridian Rd. Meridian, ID 83646 or the Boy Scouts of America, 8901 W. Franklin Rd Boise, ID 83709.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 1, 2013
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