Robert Emmett Sullivan
Robert Emmett Sullivan
  • November 4, 1926 - October 14, 2016
  • Iowa

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Robert "Bob" Sullivan, 89, of Ames, Iowa passed away with his family by his side on Friday, October 14, 2016, at Bethany Manor in Story City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2016 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames. Father James Secora will officiate with burial to follow at Ames Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church with a 7 p.m. vigil service.

Born November 4, 1926, in Williamsburg, Iowa, Robert Emmett Sullivan was the son of Francis and Anna (Driscoll) Sullivan. He grew up in Iowa City where he received his education. Following graduation, Bob enlisted and proudly served in the United States Navy until his honorable discharge in 1948,

On September 5, 1953, in Oxford, Iowa, Bob was united in marriage to Phyllis "Joyce" Dolmage. The couple made their home in Ames and were blessed with six children. Bob made a 40 year career with City Electric Supply Company in Ames and served as the manager for 35 years. Together Bob and Joyce were faithful members of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and loved to travel to various locations and visit family. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Ames Jaycees.

Bob also enjoyed golfing, hunting, growing roses, and woodworking projects. Most of all, Bob treasured time spent and the many memories made with Joyce, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his children, Terence Michael (Robin) Sullivan of Ames, Susan Ann (Gary) Handsaker of Nevada, Daniel Robert (Julia) Sullivan of Ames, and Thomas Francis (Janelle) Sullivan of Gilbert, AZ; grandchildren, Patricia Meinhardt, Jared Meinhardt, Maggie Sullivan, John Sullivan, Megan Sullivan, Trevor Davis, Tarah Davis, Mason Feaker, Caitlin Sullivan, and Ian Sullivan; and great-grandchildren, Faythe Anderson, Morgan Murphy, and Trayse Sullivan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; parents; and two daughters, Patricia Lynn Sullivan and Karyn Gerard Davis-Rutter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 2900 Hoover Ave. Ames, Iowa 50010.