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Thomas P. Sullivan


Thomas P. Sullivan, 83, of rural Independence, Iowa, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at his home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at American Lutheran Church, Jesup, Iowa, with burial at Cedar Crest Cemetery, Jesup. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at White Funeral Home, Jesup, and will continue for an hour before services Saturday at the church.
Memorials will be directed to the American Lutheran Church in Jesup.
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Thomas Patrick Sullivan was born Sep. 25, 1934, at Truro, Iowa, the son of Harold Sullivan and Velma (Treat) Sullivan. He graduated from high school at Mediapolis, Iowa, with the Class of 1953, and then Iowa State University. On June 3, 1956, he was united in marriage to Mary Jo Peterson in Mediapolis. He worked as a dairy herdsman and dairy supervisor in Benton County, Iowa, until they moved to a farm west of Independence in 1963, where he became engaged in crop and dairy farming. He was a member of the Holstein Breeders Association, Dairy Herd Improvement Association, and an official delegate through AMPI. Tom also served on various church boards.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of rural Independence; three sons, Steve Sullivan of Oelwein, Iowa, Richard Sullivan of Abbotsford, Wis., and David Sullivan of Oelwein; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joseph (Melanie) Sullivan of West Burlington, Iowa.
His parents; one granddaughter, Andrea Sullivan; one grandson, Bryan Sullivan; and five brothers, three in infancy, along with Delbert Sullivan and Leland Sullivan, preceded him in death.