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Jim D. Sullivan

February 14, 1936 — November 27, 2022


Jim D. Sullivan, 86, of Lenexa, Kansas passed away November 27, 2022. Jim was born on February 14, 1936 in Fairland, Oklahoma.

Jim grew up in Joplin where he played baseball and excelled as a football quarterback in high school and junior college.

After graduating with a business degree from Pittsburg State University, Jim moved to Kansas City where he worked for GMAC for 34 years. Shortly thereafter, he launched a second career as a realtor with Reece Nichols for 25 years.

Jim met Rosalie Roberts in 1960 and was immediately smitten. After an extended courtship, they were married on June 12th, 1965.  Jim and Rosalie enjoyed a busy life of raising children, entertaining friends, traveling, and pursuing their careers. They cruised in Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean, and traveled to Hilton Head, Switzerland, Ireland and Hawaii. They loved to dance and had great fun square dancing on weekends.

Jim was a loving father, grandfather, and husband who put family first and faithfully attended his children’s activities. He enjoyed coaching his son's baseball teams, and he was president of the band parent's organization when they were in high school. His family meant everything to him, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandson. He was devoted to his mother and his in-laws, and he participated in caring for them.

Jim had many friends and loved to socialize. Never shy, he was natural at hosting parties and making everyone feel welcome. Jim also enjoyed fishing and was an avid golfer. For many years he organized his neighborhood golf tournament.  He loved sports, especially the Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Sully and Maxine. Survivors include his wife, Rosalie; sons, Jim (Judy Lombino), Mike (Michael Hadley), grandson Sean, and brother-in-law Dale Roberts.  The family is so thankful to Catholic Community Hospice and Villa St. Francis for providing excellent care for Jim.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 am, Friday, December 2nd at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W 103rd St, Overland Park, KS 66214 with a visitation starting at 9:30 am. For those unable to attend in person, please CLICK HERE to view the livestream. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum following the mass.

Due to personal health conditions, the family requests that guests wear masks. Masks will be provided at the church for while you are speaking with the family, thank you.

The family has lost special friends to brain cancer and supports the Be Headstrong organization. Jim also loved animals. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to or .


Wayside Waifs
3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City MO 64137
Tel: 1-816-761-8151

Be Headstrong Foundation
3200 McCormick Road, Kansas City MO 66115
Tel: 1-913-314-2255

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Friday, December 2, 2022

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, December 2, 2022

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Friday, December 2, 2022

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Resurrection Catholic Cemetery

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Lenexa, KS 66215

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