JOHN W. SULLIVAN

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JOHN W. SULLIVAN John W. Sullivan, passed away peacefully August 23, 2016. He was born June 18, 1934, in Portland, Oregon, to Joseph and Marie (Brakebush) Sullivan, the first of three children. John graduated from Beaverton High School in 1952, and after high school began work in a pattern shop with his father and joined the National Guard to serve his country. At the same time he started a small dairy cow operation. John and Venitta were joined in marriage May 7, 1955, in Scappose, OR, lovingly raised three children and proudly farmed and ranched for the following 60+ years. With a young family, they moved "lock, stock, and barrel", and 20 head of Holstein dairy cows to Eltopia, WA in February 1962. During the early years of the Columbia Basin, a farm unit was purchased and took out of sagebrush near Basin City, WA During the time of raising their family John proudly helped build St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church near Eltopia. John was able to live his childhood dream of being a rancher. A purchase of 11 Hereford cows quickly grew to a sizable commercial cow-calf herd. For many years John summered the herd in Okanogan County and wintered them at home near Basin City. Along with increasing his herd John also raised his own Quarter Horses to work on the ranch. In 1989, John and Venitta permanently moved to Tonasket, WA to live and continued ranching to this day. John currently is a member Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Republic, WA. He was especially proud of being a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. John was preceded in death by his parents, son, Gregory, and sister, Joyce Bastian. John is survived by his wife, Venitta of 61 years; children; Colleen (Steve) Tibbs of Oroville, WA; Walt (Debra) Sullivan of Echo, OR; and Brenda (Cody) Ames of Tonasket, WA; and 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Dorothy) Sullivan of Banks, OR; brother-in-law, Donald Bastian, of Beaverton, OR. All services will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 103 S. Whitcombe; Tonasket, WA. Rosary will be prayed 9:30 a.m., Monday, August 29, 2016, with Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 10:00 a.m. Internment at Riverside Cemetery; 29851 Hwy 97; Riverside, WA. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the Knights of Columbus in care of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 2511 N. Elmway; Okanogan, WA. Funeral services are under the direction of Bergh Funeral Service, Tonasket, WA.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Aug. 26, 2016