June 11, 1940 ~ June 27, 2021

Born in: Anderson, IN
Resided in: Anderson, IN

Phillip Warren Sullivan

June 11, 1940 — June 27, 2021

Phil W. Sullivan passed away at home on June 27, 2021, due to advanced Lewy Body Dementia.

Phil was born in Anderson, where he resided most of his life. He was a lifelong Anderson Indians fan and 1958 Anderson High School graduate. In high school he was an accomplished athlete lettering in golf, basketball and football as quarterback. As a Ball State University Cardinals’ quarterback, Phil lettered in football two years. In golf, he lettered three years. He graduated with his BA degree in Math, Physical Education and Health in 1962 and earned his MA in 1974.

For much of his career, he was a teacher of math at Anderson High School where he also coached football and golf. Involvement with athletics included official/referee work for high school football and basketball. His coaching years with the AHS golf team included state championships in 1972 and 1974. He served as President and in other offices with the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association (IHSGCA). Ball State awarded him Alumnus Golf Coach of the Year.

Taking a five-year hiatus from teaching in 1986, Phil moved to Virginia where he was the Virginia State Golf Association’s Executive Director, in charge of organizing tournaments and membership recruitment.

A passion for much of his life was model airplanes. He built planes and flew in tournaments local, regional, and national. Working and advocating for the sport, he held many leadership positions in flight organizations – National Free Flight Model Society, Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and Central Indiana Aeromodellers. It was a joy for him to be involved with the flying hobby/sport at the AMA National Headquarters in Muncie.

He was a loving dad to children Nancy, Phillip, Rodney, and stepson Steve.

Special thanks to Dr. Mark Lawlor and staff who took good care of Phil.

Phil was preceded in death by parents, Glapha Boles and Thomas Warren Sullivan.

Survivors include wife of 23 years, Denise; children, Nancy (Pete) Bowyer of Florida, Phillip Sullivan of Anderson, and Rodney Sullivan (Nestor Aragon) of Colorado; stepsons, Aaron, Andrew and Steven Bevelhimer; and dear friends, Lisa and Jerry Shively, Dick Covalt, and Meredith Chamberlain.

We loved Phil’s charm and wit, and thank him for always making us smile!

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. My condolences to the family. Phil was a great guy and a really good classmate.I remember him well even though I left Anderson soon after high school and never returned to live there long.

  3. Sully was a special person to me for several reasons. We grew up together in Meadowbrook, and he was the one that got me interested in soap box derbies. Phil also was a big plus for our AHS Class of 1958. He was unique person who was always fun to be around and was always energetic, not matter the occasion. He will certainly be missed.

    Pam and Brooks Townsend

  4. I didn’t know Phil very well but always felt he was one of the rare ones who worked up to his potential, which his obituary confirms.
    Nice looking guy with a ready smile. Sorry you had to go, Linda Higginbotham

  5. A very nice guy. I had him for Algebra at AHS in 1976. I also remember him from the golf course at Edgewood Country Club.

  6. I never knew Phil,But it’s so sad to see our classmates passing away. I really don’t know what else to say.
    Rest in peace

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