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Tom Sullivan

January 25, 1948 — October 27, 2022

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Thomas Sullivan, 74, Bismarck, died October 27, 2022.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, November 4, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church, 413 E Ave D, Bismarck.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 p.m. with a time of sharing starting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 3, at Eastgate Funeral Service, 2302 East Divide Ave, Bismarck.

Burial will be held at 2:00 pm. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

 ​A baby boy was born in Fargo, North Dakota on January 25, 1948.  Thomas was an answer to a long-awaited prayer by James and Beverly Sullivan who adopted him. They were the most loving and nurturing parents and Tommy completed their family. They spent their first year as a family in Grand Forks, before moving to Mandan.

Thomas was educated in Mandan, ND attending St Joseph, Christ the King and Mandan High. While attending Mandan High, he played on the football team and the 1966 State Basketball championship team. He continued his education and football career at Dickinson State College where he joined the Theta Chi Fraternity.

During a short break from college, Tom served in the United States Army as a medic.  He was deployed to Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  He also served in the North Dakota National Guard. After his honorable discharge, Tom returned to Dickinson State College, where he met his future wife, Linda Hooge at a Valentine’s Day Theta Chi party.  Two years later, they graduated from DSC and the following day they were united in marriage at Zion Lutheran, Bismarck. They were married for 48 years and blessed with three children. 

Tom was employed for just over 35 years at McQuade’s Distributing in Bismarck. Tom played softball and bowled for McQuade’s sponsored teams.

Tom was a dedicated father and grandfather. He was Boy Scout leader, Apple Valley Jaycees member, and Bismarck Elks member. He was an avid sports fan and proudly wore green for the Green Bay Packers, NDSU Bison and the UND Sioux.  His greatest joy was watching and cheering on his children and grandchildren. Along with sports, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and holiday decorating.

Tom is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Nancy (Dylan), Bryan (Melissa) and Michael; grandchildren, Kadin, Jaden, Daemon, James and Luella; great-grandchild, Jazmine; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Darryl Schmidt, Donna and Roman Fettig, John and Marsha Hooge, and Kathy and Mike Scharnowske; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Marvin and Gloria Hooge; sister-in-law, Cheryl Schmidt and many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Bismarck Cancer Center, Zion Lutheran Church, Camp Grassick or your favorite charity.


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