William Allen "Al" Sullivan, 83, Greentown, passed away at 11:41 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Macon County, Tennessee, to Jay and Earlene (Stafford) Sullivan.
At the age of 17, Al quit school to join the U.S. Navy in 1951. He served three years during the Korean War on the destroyer the U.S.S. Henderson DD785. While on that destroyer, they received a Presidential Citation for participation in the invasion of Inchon.
After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Al returned to Alexandria, Indiana, and received his G.E.D. He then joined the U.S. Air Force. After technical school, he was assigned to the 76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and was stationed in Presque Isle, Maine.
On Sept. 2, 1956, Al married the love of his life, Joyce Hinds, and they moved to Maine for two years. Al was then transferred to McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando, Florida. He obtained the rank of staff sergeant and was honorably discharged in the summer of 1959.
Upon returning to Indiana, Al went to work at Delco Electronics in Kokomo, starting in skilled trades, and retired as a general supervisor in 1991, after 31 years of service. He then went to work as the maintenance manager for Cablec Cable in Marion for the next five years, retiring in 1996.
Then, to enjoy their retirement years, Al and Joyce found their little piece of heaven in Tampa, Florida, called Regency Cove, where they spent their next 23 winters.
Al's favorite pastime was hunting. He loved to hunt deer and went back to Maine deer hunting with friends for 25 years. His pride catch, besides the deer, was a black bear. Al also enjoyed volunteering at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo for the past eight years. He was a member of the Greentown Lions Club for 25 years and also served on the board of trustees for some years at Regency Cove.
In addition to his wife, Joyce Sullivan, he is survived by his three children, Michael Allen (Pernilla) Sullivan, Ypsislati, Michigan, Mark David (Amy) Sullivan, Paris, France, and Michelle Joy (Curt) Clouser, Swayzee; six grandchildren, Mike (Danyail) Sullivan, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Shana Lynn (Brian) Stevenson, Wixom, Michigan, Sean David Sullivan, Northville, Michigan, Beau Allen Clouser, Swayzee, Landon William Clouser, Swayzee, and Cami Joy Clouser, Swayzee.
Funeral services for Al will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at Jerome Christian Church, 9535 E. 100 South, Greentown, with Pastor David Stokes and Elder Dick Moser officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greentown, with military rites by the American Legion Post 317. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Hasler & Stout Funeral Home, Greentown, has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.hasler-stout.com.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior project, American Cancer Society and/or Jerome Christian Church. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Published on November 6, 2017