MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — John Sullivan, 84, Manhattan Beach, Calif., died Aug. 9, 2016, after a courageous battle with liver disease and lengthy wait for a liver transplant. He was cared for by his loving wife Valerie, along with family and friends during the last days of his life.
Funeral services were held at American Martyrs Catholic Church, Manhattan Beach, Calif., with Msgr. John Barry, officiating.
John was born in Hartington, to Jim and Nettie (Bell) Sullivan, July 26, 1942. He graduated from Laurel High School and attended business college in Omaha. In 1960, John and his family moved to Redondo Beach, Calif. John met and married the love of his life and best friend, Valerie Smith March 15, 1978. For over 30 years, he was an independent newspaper dealer for the Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.
John loved horse racing and for many years, he and Valerie owned and raced thoroughbred horses. He also enjoyed reading, dinner with friends and traveling – taking Val on many long, adventurous road trips. Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Black Hills were some of his favorite vacation spots.
John is survived by his wife, Valerie, and son, Jim; his mother-in-law, Beverly (Smith) Ziegenbein, Ashland; brother-in-law, Tim Smith, Lincoln; sister-in-law, Deb (Bill) Scheef, Salina, Kan.; nieces, Judy Gehrls, Boise, Idaho; Jennifer (Alan) Carlson, Louisville; Katie (Kenneth) Whelchel, Mankato, Kan.; and Julie (Cody) Dick, St. John, Kan.; nephew, Andrew Scheef, Hesston, Kan.; great-nephews, Davis, Dayton, Drew and Rylee; and great-nieces, Delaney, Emilee, Aubree and Olivia.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Nettie Sullivan; sisters, Gerry Vasquez and Kathy Sullivan; father-in-law, Neal Smith; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Smith.