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William L. "Sully" Sullivan

September 12, 1938 - October 31, 2007Sullivan, William.jpg

William L. "Sully" Sullivan died Oct. 31, 2007, at his home at Mile 51.5 Parks Highway, in Big Lake. He was 69.

He owned and operated Sully's Sourdough Inn with his wife at their home on the Parks Highway. This will be the location for his celebration of life, scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 10.

Bill, or "Sully" as he was known to many, was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Palmer to colonist parents Carl and Betty Sullivan. Bill lived most of his life in Alaska, except for about 15 years when he and his family owned and lived on an alfalfa ranch in Oregon, and four years in the Navy as a hospital corpsman.

Upon returning home to Alaska, he became a police officer with the Anchorage Police Department. He trained and handled Alaska's first canine unit in 1963.

Bill was a charter member of the Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association. He started as a junior musher and ran his first "Rondy" at age 17 with special permission from ASDRA. He had a love for sprint dog racing and worked hard to promote the sport. For those who didn't know Sully came in second in the 1966 Fur Rondy, behind Joee Redington, Jr.

He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. Bill had a passion for helping others and did many fundraisers for people in need. He will be missed by many.

Bill is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cherlon; his sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Suzanne Sullivan, and Blaine and Darlene Brandt; daughters, Julie and Linda Sullivan; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Cathy Sullivan; brother-in-law, Gene Newman; and nephews, Mike, Rick, Charlie and Sam Newman and their families.

The family would like to express special thanks to Sandy Crawford of the Wound Care Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Alaska Foundation, Wound Care Center, 3400 Providence Drive, Anchorage 99508.

Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Homes & Crematory of Wasilla and Palmer.

Published in the Anchorage Daily News on 11/3/2007.


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