Joseph Frederick Sullivan, 73, of Parkersburg, died on Monday, May 20, 2013, at his home.
He was born Nov. 28, 1939, in Charleston, W.Va., to the late James and Ruby Sullivan. Joe graduated from Charleston High School and went on to attend Center College and Morris Harvey College. He served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957-1959, serving most of his time in Okinawa. Joe was a land agent for Commonwealth Gas and Quaker State. He also worked in oil procurement for Quaker State and Southeastern Oil and Gas and served in the industry for 41 years. Joe loved to travel. He traveled with his family extensively in the United States and to several European countries, Canada, Mexico and Central America. He and his wife were "snow birds" in Tucson, Ariz., for a few winters. Joe was a member of American Association of Petroleum Landmen where he served as vice president, W.Va. Independent Oil and Gas Association, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Virginia's Oil and Gas Associations and American Legion Post 2505. He was a member of Stout United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara (Norman) Sullivan; one granddaughter, Chelsey Fiore; one great-granddaughter, Peyton Fiore; four brothers, Jon (Ilene), Jerry (Joan), Jack (Teena), and Jay (Mary Jane) Sullivan; one sister, Mary Beth Wertz (Bill); one sister-in-law, Carolyn Compton (Jimmie); several nieces and nephews; and Godfather of Max Lauer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Scott Sullivan; and one brother, James M. Sullivan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jeffrey Scott Sullivan Theatre Arts Scholarship at Parkersburg Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102.
The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jimmie Compton officiating. Burial will follow the service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.leavittfuneralhome.com