July 16, 2013


James F. Sullivan, 84, of Dubuque, and formerly of Carroll, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at home.

Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, Iowa. The Rev. Michael Podhajsky will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 6. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James Sullivan Memorial Fund for later donation to his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

James was born Aug. 24, 1928, in Boone, Iowa, the son of Robert and Clara (Lieneger) Sullivan. He graduated in 1946 from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Boone and went on to attend the National Railroad School in Omaha, Neb., in 1948. He married Mary Lou Shell on Jan. 4, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Boone.

James served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan.

In his early years, he was employed as a telegraph operator for Chicago and North Western Railroad, and as a salesman for Will and Baumer Candle Co., traveling the Minnesota/Iowa territory. James and Mary moved to Dubuque in 1976 to open Dubuque Religious Center, which they owned and operated for many years. After his retirement, James continued to work part-time at the store.

He was a member of American Legion Post 6, the VFW, the National Church Goods Association, and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West.

Fishing was a lifetime hobby since childhood for James, and he enjoyed taking fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed going on cruises. He was proud to visit Washington, D.C., in mid-September 2012 with an Honor Flight.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; his children, Marcia Daszko of Santa Clara, Calif., Mike (Patty) Sullivan of Sycamore, Ill., Terry (Bob) Askelson of Norwalk, Iowa, and Tim (Marge) Sullivan of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Tim Daszko, Kelly Gjurkovic, Chad Davis, Katie Askelson, Kimmy Askelson and Christopher Sullivan; six great-grandchildren; his sister, Joan Yegge of Los Gatos, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.