Jim attended Rosemond School by Utica until he was in 3rd grade. Then he moved to District 51, north of Waco, for grades 4-8. He attended and graduated from Waco High School in 1949. He participated and excelled in basketball, baseball and track, especially pole vault, during these years.
During the Korean Conflict, he was in the Army and was based out of Missouri and Kansas. He came home to take care of his father who had been injured in a tractor fire. He later served six years in the Army Reserves and did summer training at Colorado Springs. After his service, he began farming in and around the Waco/Utica area.
He married the love of his life who he met in high school on Jan. 10, 1953. They lived and farmed outside the Waco area, and Dona was a nurse at the York Hospital. Together they had three children, Gary, Kevin and Kiley. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in York. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Legion Post #49.
Jim was well known for his years of service to the Waco community as a baseball coach, umpire, and league manager. He coached several baseball and softball teams at all age levels and enjoyed traveling to games and watching children grow through their experiences in sports. He was also a member of the school board that helped to consolidate the three towns of Waco, Utica and Beaver Crossing into a new school during Nebraska’s centennial year – thus naming it Centennial. His service to the community and commitment to youth sports and educational programs was well acknowledged through his years. Above all, he was a dedicated husband and a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Survivors include his son, Kevin (Brenda) Sullivan of Utica; daughter, Kiley (Dan) MacLeod of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Sue Sullivan of Waco; grandchildren, Connor MacLeod of Chico, Calif., Trevor MacLeod of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Lindsey MacLeod of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Andrea (Trent) Chrisman of Grand Island, Joshua Sullivan of Martell, Mackenzie Sullivan of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Dylan (Lindsay) Sullivan of Holdrege, Jordan Sullivan of Omaha and Kassidy Sullivan of Utica and great grandchildren, Jace, Mya, Jaiden, Kyler and Brody.
Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Elsie Sullivan of Waco, Rita Sullivan of Waco and Wanda Sullivan of York; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, other family members and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Dona; his son, Gary; siblings, Robert Sullivan, Dolores Kozicek, Raymond Sullivan, Carmen Beaver, Danny Sullivan and Dorothy Kirkpatrick.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York with Monsignor James Reinert officiating. Burial will follow in the Waco Cemetery, Waco. A rosary will be said Sunday at 6 p.m. at Metz Chapel. Visitation will be held from 1 – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the mortuary. The family will greet friends after the rosary on Sunday. Memorials may be directed to the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post #49 and the VA.