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November 3, 2017

Billy W. Sullivan

Bloomfield

Billy W. Sullivan

Dec. 2, 1931 - Sept. 30, 2017

Bill W. Sullivan, 85, of Bloomfield, passed Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, and is now on the greatest journey and adventure of all. He kept us out of harm's way at home and in his career. He kept his standards high and gave the Good Lord credit for all blessings. He was born Dec. 2, 1931, in Berryville, Ark. to Charles and Jewell Sullivan, both Christian Pentecostal Preachers. Bill was proud to be a US Air Force veteran, joining in 1950 at the start of the Korean War, serving to the end of that conflict at the end of 1954. He was a comrade and member of the 637th A C and W Squadron as an air traffic controller for the great waves of combat aircraft deploying to and from Korea. Bill then started his career with the Civil Aeronautics Administration, or CAA. He was at San Francisco International Airport when selected in 1956, along with an elite group of former military pilots and air traffic controllers as the first graduates of the CAA Air Traffic Control Center in Oklahoma City. It was soon renamed the Federal Aviation Agency. Bill then was at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque for 17 years at the Air Route Traffic Control Center, controlling, with his comrades, the western USA from experimental jet aircraft to the safe care of the Air Force One. Bill's last tour was at Elmendorf AFB Anchorage, Alaska ending a near 3-decade career. To the dedicated men and women who are the guardians of the skies, Bill was proud to be a comrade. Bill was preceded in death by his sons, Daniel Wayne Sullivan and Michael Dale Sullivan, his parents, and brother, Kenneth Sullivan. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Sullivan, his best friend and partner for 65 years; his sons, Jeffery Sullivan and Russell Sullivan; and grandchildren, Dustin Sullivan, Brittany Walters, Melba Garlington and Cassie Blundell. Memorial services are pending for a future date. An Irish Blessing - May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org)

 

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