WILMINGTON, Ill. — Mr. Edward Sullivan, 79, of Wilmington, Ill., passed away with his loving family at his side Thursday evening, Nov. 22, 2012, at Hines VA Hospital.
Born Sept. 5, 1933, in Batesville, Miss., C. Edward Sullivan was a son of the late Allen and Alice Logan-Sullivan. He was raised and educated in Batesville, and was a proud Korean War Veteran of the United States Army.
Ed worked as an over-the-road truck driver for more than 30 years and held employment with Suburban Teamsters, Central States and Liquid Transporters/Trimac. He also owned and operated the Remember When Inn in Wilmington for over 17 years. He was a member of Teamsters Local 179, The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the AF&AM (Masons) Lodge #208 in Wilmington.
Ed enjoyed visiting the casinos, playing golf, fishing and bird watching. He could often be found tinkering and taking things apart, as well as spending time with his beloved Markee. Ed will be remembered for his great love of learning.
Survivors include his loving wife and soulmate Joyce (Fleming), whom he spent more than 41 years with and was married to for over 27 years; step-son Bob Addleman of Wilmington; K9 Yorkie son Markee; daughters Sonja and Kami; sister-in-law Rita Sullivan of Texas; numerous nieces and nephews, including special nephews George “Bubba” Sullivan of Mississippi and Michael J. Sullivan of Wilmington and niece Debbie; and various cousins, including his special cousin Gary (Janice) Tenns of California, as well as dear friends Marci (the late Jim) Rynearson.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; a step-son, Michael James Smith; brothers Doug, Jim, Glenn and William; a sister, Emma; his mother and father-in-law, William and Catherine Fleming; and a brother-in-law, William J. Fleming.
The family wishes to extend special appreciation to the physicians at both Hines and Loyola, as well as the nursing staff at Hines, especially Simeon. Your special and attentive care will forever be remembered.
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, until the time of Masonic Services at 7 p.m. in Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, Wilmington. Funeral services will then follow at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the funeral home, with Pastor Ron Taylor from Island City Baptist Church officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Ed’s memory to his wife for her distribution to local charities of the families choosing.
Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.FRBfuneral.com.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 476-2181.