Theodore John Sullivan
July 25, 1960 – July 7, 2022
Theodore “Ted” John Sullivan, 61, of Pillager, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Services were held on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the Motley United Methodist Church in Motley, MN.
Ted was born July 25, 1960, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, the son of James and Joan (Linda) Sullivan. He met his wife while attending Pillager School and in 1980 he married Becky (Topp) Sullivan. Ted was an avid worker. In his younger years, he worked hard on his parent’s farm, baling hay, planting crops, picking rock, and tending to the animals. This instilled his good work ethic. He owned and operated Northern Tree and Landscape for 35 years. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed his time being at his lake property as well as riding snowmobile and motorcycle with Becky. Ted loved being a dad to his two daughters and cherished every second with his four grandchildren. He enjoyed seeing his properties look well-manicured and his wood piles being the biggest in the county. As Ted would say “You can judge a man’s character by the size of his woodpile.”
He will be missed by his wife, Becky Sullivan, of 42 years; his children, Samantha Sullivan, Pillager, Kassandra (Eric) Nelson, Cushing; grandchildren, Miranda Harting, Jett Nelson, Jay Nelson, and Josie Nelson; Father, James Sullivan Sr., Pillager; siblings, Tina (Dave) Bickford, Brainerd, Teresa (John) Ringle, Bemidji, James (Carolyn) Sullivan Jr., Fargo, Jennifer (Bill) Pirkl, Bemidji, and Jessica (Jerrid) Franzen, Pillager. He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda, and sister, Tammy.
2 Corinthians 1:6-7
If we are comforted, it is to bring you comfort from the experience of endurance while you go through the same sufferings that we also suffer. Our hope for you is certain, because we know that as you are partners in suffering, so also you are partners in comfort.
Thank you to everyone in our church family for all of the work that you did for Ted’s funeral and for hosting the many people that came to celebrate his life. It was a busy and hard day, and you helped more than we can say.
Becky Sullivan and family