He was born in Evansville on Feb. 22, 1944, the son of Robert E. & Mary L. (Wehr) Sullivan.
Coming to Linton with his family in 1952, he was a 1962 graduate of Linton-Stockton High School, in which he served as class president during his senior year. He was a 1966 graduate of Indiana University, where he earned two Bachelor degrees, and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, and a loyal academic and athletic supporter of Indiana University.
In 1974, he earned his Doctor of Optometry. He and his family moved to Linton in 1974, when he began work for Homer Moore. In 1976, he opened his own practice, and was providing eye care for his loyal patients.
With a love for all music, in earlier years, Robert played piano with a local rock & roll band, the Zelvets, at the Linton Canteen. Through the years he has played classical guitar, keyboard, and has created his own music and cd's.
His primary love was his family and all of his precious grandchildren. His additional interest included model trains, growing roses, literature, new and old technology, and fixing radios. He was a 50 year ham-radio operator and an avid Indianapolis 500 fan. He received his private pilot license in 1982 and enjoyed flying his own airplane.
Robert was a member of the Saron United Church of Christ, the F. & A.M. Lodge #560, the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #866, all of Linton, the Terre Haute Scottish Rite, and he participated in 14 missions to Honduras & Peru for the Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH).
He is survived by his wife, whom he married June 17, 1967, Lynelle I. (Dill) Sullivan of Linton; a son, Robert L. (Andrea) Sullivan of Warsaw; a daughter, Shanna M. (Eric) Johnson of Greenwood; two brothers, John E. (Sheri) Sullivan of Greenwood and Donald E. Sullivan of Plainfield; six grandchildren, Robert G., Megan M., and Andrew L. Sullivan, Lucas M., Logan E., and Lexie I. Johnson; an uncle, Wayne Sullivan of Brundidge, AL; an aunt, Frances Wehr of Mt. Vernon; two nieces, Hillary and Katherine Sullivan, a nephew, David Sullivan, a brother-in-law, David (Linda) Dill of Chesterton, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., with Masonic Service at 7 p.m., and at the Saron Church in Linton from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Funeral service will be at Saron United Church of Christ in Linton at 11 a.m. Friday, Rev.'s Erica and Mike Roth officiating.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Saron Church through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent to www.welchcornett.com.