He was born May 31, 1919, in Cohassit, Alabama, the son of Robert E. and Albina (Hugghins) Sullivan.
He spent his life in the oil and gas industry with the Toronto Pipeline Company and the Indiana Farm Bureau Co-op. He helped develop and was manager of the Switz City Pipeline Terminal for more than 25 years. He was a member of Saron United Church of Christ and BPO Elks Lodge #866, both of Linton, was a 50-year member of the Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge and a lifelong Indiana University sports fan.
He was born in South Alabama and moved to East Texas in 1937 during the Texas oil boom. He was one of the few survivors of the New London,Texas school gas explosion. He graduated from Overton High School, Overton, Texas, & attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
He was a United States Navy veteran of WW II, serving on the U.S.S. Frost. Bob was proud to be an Irishman.
Survivors include three sons, Dr. Robert V. (Lynelle) Sullivan of Linton, John E. (Sheri) Sullivan of Greenwood and Donald E. Sullivan of Plainfield; a brother, James Wayne Sullivan of Brundage, Ala.; five grandchildren, Robert (Andrea) Sullivan, Shanna M. (Eric) Johnson, Hillary J. Sullivan, Kate R. Sullivan, & David A. Sullivan; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary L. (Wehr) Sullivan on July 18, 1998; a half-brother, Wilbur Claude Vickery; a half-sister, Wilsie Lee Edwards; and a sister, Joy Sullivan.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, at Saron United Church of Christ with Rev. Mike Roth officiating. Burial will follow at German Memory Hill Cemetery in Linton.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Welch & Cornett Linton Chapel, with Masonic services at 7 p.m.; and after 10 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Robert E. and Mary L. Sullivan Endowment for the Saron Church through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.welch.cornett.com.