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James 'Jim' Sullivan

Aug. 17, 1931 - Jul. 10, 2020

Date of Service: Jul. 22, 2020

HAGERMAN – James “Jim” Sullivan, an 88-year-old resident of Hagerman and formerly of Paul and Pocatello, passed away peacefully Friday, July 10, 2020, after a short stay at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls.

Jim was born on August 17, 1931, in Acequia, Idaho, to George A. and Burton Bliss (Gentry) Sullivan. He attended school in Acequia and also received an associate’s degree from Idaho State College in Pocatello, Idaho.

After completing college, he returned to Acequia and started farming. First he rented farm land and later purchased land west of Paul, Idaho. During the summer months he would have his nephews, Kenny, Troy, Todd, and Scott help him with the farming. Jim started having issues with his blood pressure in 1981 and decided he would have to stop farming. He rented out the farm for a few years and then decided to sell it.

Jim was a bachelor until September 16, 1995, when he married Margaret Irene (Wall) Sherbenou. He also gained three stepchildren and five grandchildren from this marriage.

Jim was a very fun, loving person and especially enjoyed having a beer with family and friends while sharing memories or just enjoying the weather. His family was very important to him and he wanted to make sure they always stayed close. Jim and Ray Gentry made sure that as many family as possible could get together at least every three years for the Gentry Family Reunion. He and Margaret also enjoyed wintering in the foothills of Yuma, Arizona, and had many friends and great memories of this time.

Jim is survived by his wife, Margaret; stepchildren, John (Glenda) Sherbenou, Phillip (Becky) Sherbenou, Karen (Curtis) Jackson; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, John L. (Ann) Sullivan, and Richard (Jacque) Sullivan; his sister, Cecelia McCain; and sister-in-law, Margaret Sullivan; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Paul L. (Sheila) Sullivan, George B. (Rita) Sullivan, Robert “Bob” Sullivan; and infant twin brother, Gerald Sullivan; his sisters, Flora (Benny) Bennyhoff, Margaret T. Sullivan, and Mary B. (Aldo) Dallolio.

A graveside service will be held at 12 Noon, Wednesday, July 22, at the Rupert Cemetery, 450 N. Meridian, Rupert, Idaho. A viewing will be held prior to the graveside service from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jim’s memory to a favorite charity of your choosing.

Due to the ongoing risks of the COVID-19 virus, we ask that those attending wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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From Parolee Walker:
i will always remember you in high school at Acequia. you was always a big tease even on the bus. you always had a big smile, you especial like to tease me about John,..enjoy your crunchie
From Ross Baker:
Uncle Jim, I will sorely miss your hoarse voice and the twinkle in your eye. You are one of those rare "what you see is what you get, without regrets" people. You are honest, direct, and pragmatic from decades of hard work and self reliance. I was truly fortunate to have known you and have you as a part of my life. Every time my beer is cold enough to be a "crunchie", I will think of you. Love you.
From Sue Amy:
Oh Jim, you are going to be missed so much by all who knew you and loved you! We all had so many fun years with you in Yuma Arizona. Rest in peace my dear friend. Love, Sue Amy
From Nathan Dallolio:
Uncle Jim, you are a very sparky soul that will be an enduring legend in our family. I am sure the gongs in heaven are ringing loudly so everyone knows you've arrived, and that St. Peter greeted you with a cold crunchy. Enjoy, and we will miss you.
From Garry, Denise, Josh and Nathan Smith:
Uncle Jimbo was so special to our family. We have many happy memories from camping across Oregon and Idaho over the years. We were even there when Jimbo proposed to Margaret over hot dogs and beer. A special, special man who will be missed. Our heart goes out to you, Margaret, and the rest of the family
From Anita Dallolio Faull:
Uncle Jimbo was always a bright spot at any family gathering. He was such a hard worker; always determined to make it on his own.
From Nonnie Osterhout Johnston:
RIP Jim. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Paul and Nonnie Johnston
From Brenda Fairchild:
Uncle Jimbo will be missed. He welcomed us when we joined the Sullivan family. He was a bit “off-color” at times (all in good humor) but those are probably the times we will all remember most. I am pretty sure he had a Nickname for all of us. My dad, Uncle George, Aunt Rita, Aunt Mary, Aunt Flora, Uncle Les who all passed before him have welcomed him into heaven with a cold crunchie!
From Elise Nicholson:
There are so many happy memories of times with Uncle Jim. I especially remember one camping trip and a practical joke - with a crunchie of course. Can't believe I won't see his smile or hear his giggle again. My heart hurts for our loss.
From Margaret Sullivan181:
You will be soooo missed. My condolences to you Margaret.

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