Michael Lee Sullivan
December 19, 1952  -  February 25, 2019

Michael Lee Sullivan

AWOL of Independence
116 S. 23rd St.
Independence, KS  67301

I served in the Navy.

Michael Lee Sullivan, age 66, passed from this life late the evening of February 25, 2019, at Labette Health in Independence, Kansas.

Mike was born December 19, 1952 in Nevada, Missouri to Lloyd Lee Sullivan and Laura L. (Covey) Sullivan. On Christmas day, when he just six days old, the family moved to Independence, Kansas. Mike had remained in Independence his entire life.

Mike graduated from Independence High School, then attended Independence Community College. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, he attended Labette County Junior College and became an X-Ray Technician, working in that field for several years. Mike also earned his Kansas Real Estate License, and worked in association with his brother, Wayne Sullivan, Broker-Owner of Midwest Real Estate. He then began managing property which carried over into his retirement.

Mike married Cheryl Newkirk in 1979. To this marriage, Mike's only child, Michael Wayne Sullivan was born. Mike and Cheryl were later divorced. Mike married Cindi Nelson on April 23, 1989 and Cindi survives at the home.

Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing, and in his retirement, had fun feeding and watching birds, deer, and other wildlife from his patio and arm chair at home.

Mike is preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Lee Sullivan, and his brother, Lloyd Wayne Sullivan.

Survivors in addition to his wife Cindi, are his son Michael Wayne Sullivan and wife, Heather of Longmont, Colorado, mother, Laura L. Sullivan of Independence, and stepson, Rob Nelson of Independence, Kansas.

A private family service will be scheduled at a later date. The family has requested any memorials made in Mike's name be made to AWOL of Independence. Memorials can be left at Potts Chapel in Independence. To leave the family a special message of condolence, please visit www.pottsfuneralhome.com.


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  1. Jackie Reding
    Elk City, KS

    So sorry for your loss. I worked at Mercy Hospital at the time Mike worked there.

  2. Mark Hight
    Oklahoma City, OK

    I had the pleasure of knowing Mike beginning before grade school. He was a hoot to go hunting and fishing with or just sitting around talking. A better friend you could not find. My prayers go out for Cindi and Laura, my "second mom". So long "Skully", my good friend!

  3. Dorothy and Jim Clemmer
    Independence, KS

    Love you Laura. Our prayers a

  4. Dorothy & Jim Clemmer
    Independence, KS

    Our prayers are

  5. Dutch and Melinda Schoenfeldt
    Muncie, IN

    We went to elementary, junior high, and high school with Mike. We send our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Tom Lackey
    Ponca City, OK

    Wayne and Mike Sullivan were childhood friends and neighbors, my mom and Laura were best friends, so sorry for your loss Laura. my prayers are with you today.

  7. Katherine Wachs
    Parsons, KS

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mike and I worked at the Booth Theatre in a day long ago and of course the drive in. He was a nice guy and God bless you all.

  8. Robert Lackey
    Des Moines, IA

    Thoughts and prayers for you Laura...May he Rest In Peace. Love you...bob

  9. Jim Clubine
    Independence, KS

  10. Dianna Peterson
    Porter, TX

    I am so sorry to read that Mike has passed at such an early age. I went to school with Mike and remembers his welcoming smile and laughter. I pray God will bless his family with peace.

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