William “Bill” Sullivan of Hot Springs Village, AR passed away on April 2, 2018. He was born January 11, 1938 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to Harold and Vyola (Timmerman) Sullivan.
Bill retired from Alstom Power after working as a Construction Engineer in numerous states. Bill was an avid golfer, hunter, boxer and pilot. He was offered several college scholarships for his athleticism. Bill was the 1956 Golden Gloves runner up, under the name Honey Boy II. He was a handyman who could fix anything and used his many gifts & tools to help others. Bill enjoyed taking his beloved dog, Webster, to libraries and nursing homes for pet therapy.
Bill was a member of the Elks, Hot Springs Lions Club, as well as EAA of Aurora, Illinois. As a seasoned pilot, he has given hundreds of children ages 7-18 rides, donated his time and plane so they could experience flight. Bill was a mentor who taught many children how to box, play base/softball and golf. Many of his students went on to win college scholarships. He will be fondly remembered for his laughter and helping hand.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He is survived by his wife, Rita Wortman Sullivan; children: Debra Azeltine (James), Lori Sullivan; step-daughters: Donna Wortman, Pamela Duffey (Dennis); grandchildren: Alicia, Alan & Andrea Azeltine, Brian & Timothy Duffey, Kristine Erichson (Reid), Tyler & Alexis Wortman; and siblings: Patrick Sullivan (Dawn), and James Sullivan (Paulette). As well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews
Mass is set for Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 295 Balearic Road, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale – The Hot Springs Village Funeral Home. For online condolences please visit www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Bill’s favorite charity; St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
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Rita and family,
I am saddened by the loss of Bill. He was a positive person that I met when he married Rita. My wife Mary Ellen (RIP) and I traveled with Rita and Bill on a few occasions and he made a great impression on us. I am sorry to hear the news of his passing. I am currently in Palm Desert and will attend mass on Saturday in rememberance of Bill.