Joseph L. Sullivan

After battling illness in the hospital for the last couple of months to be back with his family, Joseph Sullivan lost his fight on 9/1/2011 and passed peacefully with his family by his side. As a very loving husband, he had moved from Rotonda West, Florida, to Las Vegas, Nevada, to be with his oldest son, as he thought it would be best after the passing of his beloved wife Peggy. They had just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary together. He is survived by his two sons, David and Darren, a daughter, Ronnie, three natural grandchildren, Rebecca Lynn, Deidre Faith, David Joseph-Patrick, and also three adopted grand children, David Michael, Michelle Brinson, and Mackenzie Smith. He also had the sincere pleasure of having 11 great grandchildren, whom are Tyler, Makalah, Daniel, Brian, Alyson, Noah, Mayghen, Amanda, Allen, Megan, and Monica. Regretfully he was not able to have spent time with them all as he would have liked, but would never have traded anything in the world for them.

Joseph passed while in the ICU of Spring Valley Hospital, as he was with his eldest son, daughter, and grandson David at the time of his passing. He was very happy that he was able to see and spend time with his younger son Darren, grand daughter Deidre, and two  of his great grand children, Daniel and Brian as they had come out to spend their vacation holiday with him. Prior to that time, he had a wonderful time seeing three of his other great grand children, Alyson, Noah, and Mayghen, as they had chosen and were able to do, they spent a large part of the summer with him. Being the man that he was, Joseph would have given anything for his grand and great grand children, as he had done so many times and would have continued to do if they had needed it.

As that Joseph was born into the Catholic faith and converted to the Lutheran faith, for the happiness of his wife and to show his love, it was decided by his sons that he should be given the sacrament of the last rights. They were given to him on the Sunday prior to his passing and were given to him by Father Bill, of Christ The King Catholic Church here in Las Vegas. He was also in possession of a special Rosary given to him by his daughter Ronnie, that had come from the Vatican, and that had been blessed by Pope John Paul II prior to his death in April 2005. The Rosary beads had been made of rose petals and it was adorned with a replica of the Crozier (the crucifix) used by John Paul II. At the request of his daughter and sons, it will remain with Joseph throughout time everlasting.

Joseph had proudly served our country during the second world war as a member of the United States Marine Corp. Being that he had a joy of comrades and the friendships that he had established throughout the years, after retiring from the US Treasury Department, Joseph and Peggy had decided to move from their home in Waldorf, Maryland, to Rotonda West, Florida and there he became a member of the Rotonda Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He had hoped to renew his membership with the local lodges in Las Vegas, but had never had the opportunity to do so.

At his request, Joseph will be cremated and will be placed together with his beloved wife Peggy where together they will spend the rest of days. There will be a private memorial service held at a date to be set at a later time. Any further information may be requested from his sons and they may be contacted by email through or through LaPaloma Funeral Services.


I am not there, I do not sleep. Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight,

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there, because in you, I did not die.

Dad, we all love you and you will always live and stay with us within our hearts until we join you again in heaven.

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  • Rev. Palmer Kane Allen, Semper Fi
    September 12, 2011 7:08 pm

    Joe, you taught me to pursue the dreams and goals that God has for me… You said, ‘ Don’t wait until your my age to follow a dream…. You’re thoughtfulness and constant awareness of gifts given to me from above have really shaoed me over the past year…
    I’m honored to call you friend and fellow Marine, you’re stories of WWII were not only couldm but told a story about history… You talked about life choices and yo taught me never give up and to not wait until I am your age to follow dreams and that Yes, God has a purpose for the talents, which he gave me…
    You allowed a stranger to become part of the family and you made me feel right at home, and on the day God called you home, you told me this, ” Promise made, Promse Kept.” and I an doing all that I can so that not only will you be proud, but those whom are dear will be as well.. I dedciate my 1st CD album to my dad and too you… I know you are in a place filled with love and yes there with your beloved Peggy, whom you talked so fondly of… Joe thanks for the lessons learned for the advice but most of all for just being the person that you are and have been to so many… Semper Fi, Devil Dog, Semper Fi…. Rest in Peace My brother and friend…
    I will miss you, but I know I will never forget the lesson and messages you told me…. Love you and Rest….

  • deidre hazeltine
    November 20, 2011 10:05 pm

    i love u and will miss u so but u will always be here in my heart. u were my grandpa and i love u so one day we will be together again and tell my mom i miss her so and i cant even count how many times i have needed her .i love u so


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