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Ron Sullivan


Ron Sullivan was born August 25, 1933 in Chicago Illinois. He grew up there and became a local golden gloves boxing champion, he was also a winner in track and swimming. After high school, he joined the Air force and toured overseas. He then returned to his parents’ home in Denver, Colorado, where he met his wife Earlene. While living in Denver they had two children Cindy and Jeff.

Immediately after their son’s birth they moved to Kennewick WA where their third child Debbie was born. The family lived there for over 40 years. Ron was an award winning entrepreneur, preferring to work for himself. He had a printed circuit board manufacturing plant, and one of his proudest moments was receiving a telegram from NASA when the Apollo 12 took off thanking him for creating the circuit boards which enabled the flight to take place.

He was loved almost instantly by everyone he ever met; his smile, laughter and personality were just too undeniable. He meant so much to many people in many different ways. He was a great mentor, with high standards for his children and grandchildren to look up to and follow throughout their lives.

Ron and Earlene moved to Goldendale, Ponderosa Park in 2004. He loved the community and within days everyone on Main St knew our Ron. Spring 2005 Ron and Earlene opened Goldendale Saturday Market, the Market was Ron’s way of contributing to his community. The Market days were days of fun and laughter with all his Ponderosa Park friends who volunteered at the Market or who were Market vendors. Ron loved his Goldendale home of 10 years and never wanted to leave.

In addition to Cindy (Mike Brumfield), Jeff and Debbie he had seven grandchildren Ryan Sullivan, Michael Brumfield, Jessica Sullivan Bruun(Blake), Gregory Sullivan, Lindsey Lemos Bennett (Roger), Katie Sullivan, Sarah Brumfield, Marquea Michaud and great grandson Ryder Paul Sullivan. He also leaves many Ponderosa Park friends, and special Goldendale friend Dougg Schroder.

Ron’s pulmonary fibrosis struggle ended September 13, we are happy that he is with the Lord he loved, but we will miss him until we are reunited again. We love you Ron, Dad, and Poppa. A celebration of Ron’s life is pending.


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