Pat Sullivant

Patrick Edward Sullivant died on October 7, 2019 in the beautiful home that he built, surrounded with love from his family. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, John Milton and Marie Sullivant, as well as his son Christopher Lee Sullivant. He is survived by his wife Sherry (Cheryl), his sister Mary Zeller, his daughter Shayla and her husband Matthew Dehaemers who became like a second son, and grandchildren Sienna and Cole. Born February 27, 1940, “Poppy” was known to speak his mind without hesitation, but was imbued with a genuine desire to understand how others saw the world. He earned masters degrees in religious education, philosophy and social work, and his passion touched many through his life work. He was full of energy, starting homes associations and parish councils and men’s groups, knocking on countless doors to register voters. His life adventures include a summer in Wyoming on a ranch, years as a Maryknoll Missionary in South Korea working with the poor, and a yearlong backpacking trip with the love of his life Sherry circling the globe. He battled the squirrels who stole his tomatoes from the garden and spent endless hours motionless awaiting deer after the first snow. He was most proud of his work mentoring at-risk youth teaching them through construction and sharing his approach to life. Pat’s faith was a core part of who he was and he led by example. It was very important to Pat to be fair and advocate for the underdog. His family will forever be grateful that he chose to undergo treatment for cancer so that they could enjoy years of bonus time with him. Numerous health care professionals provided expert care for Pat, including the KC hospice team whose support allowed him to spend his final months at home. He loved seeing his flowers and the birds and eating his favorite homemade desserts.


Pat wished he had done more to fight climate change and requested that any donations in his honor go to:

Sierra Club – Kansas Chapter
2111 Snowbird Dr.
Manhattan, KS 66502


A visitation will be held at 10 am Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at St. Pius Catholic Church, 5500 Woodson Rd, Mission, KS 66202, with a funeral mass to follow at 11 am. 

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16 Comments on “Pat Sullivant”

  1. Margaret Lima Says:

    What a giving man! In addition to everything Pat was involved in in his retirement, he managed to donate a good amount of time to problem solve building issues at Guardian Angels Church in Westport. His handiwork is still quite noticeable.
    We are so grateful for his presence and help.

  2. Liz Kelley-Hansen Says:

    Dear Sherry, Shayla and Family.I am so sorry for the loss of your Dear Husband, Father, and best friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. May God’s love surround you and bless you with comfort and peace!

  3. Michele Kilo Says:

    A life that will be remembered and a daughter and family to be proud of. I’m grateful to know and have worked closely with Dr. Shayla Sullivant and send heartfelt sorrow to the Sullivant family for their significant loss. Love the characteristics of “speak his mind without hesitation” and “living with the genuine desire to understand how others saw the world.” We need more people like this in our world if we are going to truly affect change!

  4. Agnes and Larry West Says:

    We share such wonderful memories of working at the Holy Family Catholic Worker House with Pat and Chris.
    They each brought a special caring influence to all they encountered and will not be forgotten. Sherry, Shayla and family- we lift you up in prayer.

  5. Marilyn (Marciniak) Johnson Says:

    Pat and I were classmates. At the end of our senior year at Ward, we went on a ditch day to Wyandotte County Lake and were reprimanded by park police for swimming in the lake. The nuns at Ward we’re not happy with us
    Sympathy goes to his family.

  6. mary vrla-mohr Says:

    Grateful for the friendship that Pat brought during our time together. May he go on living in the hearts of his wife and family, and his sister. He brought us together with his courage, and I pray all of what he held sacred will continue to mean much to us.

  7. Dina Claiborne Says:

    Dear Sherry and family!
    Some of my most enlightening conversations at the office was with Pat. He was an extraordinary man, and it was obvious to anyone who met him!
    Please accept my sincere condolences!
    May universe shine kindness on you these difficult times!

  8. Maureen Cain Says:

    It sounds as if Pat had a very full, productive and happy life. His concerns were the very gist of how we are called to be, as brothers and sisters to all. His place in heaven was secured and waiting for him.
    May he now give comfort to Sherry and Shayla, Matt and kids, as their friends and family strive to do the same.
    God bless you all and may he rest in abundant peace.

  9. Misty Looking Horse RN, BSN, CM Says:

    Sherry, Shayla & Family–Thank you for sharing Pat with me and the staff of Kansas City Hospice. I enjoyed my visits to your home and loved hearing him sing a Korean song. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Caryn Campbell Says:

    What an extraordinary man!!! Beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. We are praying for all of you during this transition and time of mourning. Hugs from the Campbell Family.

  11. Rosemary and Rudy Pappert Says:

    We are all here for a purpose. We all have a responsibility to help one another and to make this a better place. Pat accepted that responsi and really did work hard to make our world better. Our sincere sympathies to Sherry,,Shayla, and family. We have our daily reminders of Pat every time we walk into our “new” addition…and that is every day. As time goes by, may your great loss be eased by fond, loving memories.

  12. Denise and Randy Freeman Says:

    Thinking of your family as you celebrate Pat’s amazing life.

  13. Mary Frances Keenan Says:

    Pat was a special classmate and a fine man.

    Sincere sympathy to his wife and family

    Glad Boyd and I got to visit with Pat at our
    class reunion in 2018.

    Mary Frances (Munjak ) Keenan

  14. Larry and Leslie Guillot Says:

    Dear Sherry, Mary and Shala,

    Leslie and I were with you at Pat’s funeral last Saturday, but we were unable to share with you still one more recollection of Pat that indicated how many lives he touched in his time on planet earth. I was an associate director at the Blue Hills Homes Corporation 1980-85. Pat was there when I arrived and there when I left. Pat, in his work with the construction company and youth, was a great and valued associate. Fr Norm Rotert, who started BHHC, has passed on. Pete Cole, who ran BHHC and who was heavy into construction and valued Pat as a friend and leader, is now in Oregon. I sent him a copy of Pat’s obituary. Pat’s friendship and life of service will live on with me, for which I am grateful.
    Larry Guillot

  15. Pete Cole Says:

    Dear Sherry,
    I learned from Larry Guillot and John Baum of your loss. Pat became a good friend and a valuable worker at Blue Hills Homes. I was particularly impressed by the work he did with young kids as he took them on the job, taught them how to work and helped them get jobs with established contractors. He was one of a kind and it was my privilege to have known him.

    Pete Cole

  16. Rodney Brunelle Says:

    Dear family and friends of Pat. Pat befriended me when we both were in Korea, 1969, I think. He, a Maryknoll priest and I a young lieutenant at the Port of Inchon. We met likely through a local Catholic church. He would motor down to Inchon from Seoul on his motorcycle just to hang out or maybe he had some other more substantive priestly duties he was also seeing to. Once, he and I were drinking beer in some dive and he wanted to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” The other customers gave us odd looks. My new wife, Minako, also became friends with Pat. Shortly after Pat left Maryknoll and Minako and I were living in Japan he and his wife stopped in to see us in Minako’s hometown, Takarazuka, Japan. They were returning from or going to Korea because Pat wanted to show his wife that country. I have often thought about Pat and wondered what became of him. We lost contact a few years after I moved back to the U.S. We knew each other for only a short time in our lives. Pat was an enriching soul. Peace and all good to all of you.

    Rodney Brunelle

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