Steve was born Aug. 1, 1931, in Lead, South Dakota to Earl and Edna Sullivan. As a boy growing up in Butte, Montana, he delivered papers and shined shoes. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and toured the world on the aircraft carrier USS Tarrara until 1952. He then returned to Butte and in 1954, married Joanne Lamuth. Steve joined an amateur boxing club, amassed a 156-5 record and many Golden Glove titles, and following the 1959 Golden Glove tournament in Chicago, he was one win from going to the 1960 Olympic games.
Steve worked in many jobs during that time including the copper mine in Butte, as a roofer, and on the John Day dam. In 1962 Steve, Joanne and their four children moved to Centralia where they opened Sully’s Motorcycle Shop. Joanne ran the shop, while Steve worked as a meat cutter for Safeway, Fullers, IGA, as a waiter in Las Vegas casinos, and at Tires, Inc. Sully loved traveling. He made many trips back to his beloved Butte, and especially found a love for Australia which he visited for months at a time on five different occasions. He always believed in keeping in good physical condition, and in the late 70s and 80s competed in many running events including the Sound to Narrows run. He was an accomplished motorcycle racer in the 60s and 70s and when no longer racing himself, announced for motorcycle races held at Rainier and the SWW Fairgrounds. He enjoyed snow skiing, golf, racquetball, and kept in shape by cutting firewood and taking long walks each day. Steve loved a good argument, once being called a “professional agitator”, but mostly for his own entertainment over a cup of coffee with family and friends.
Steve put up a courageous fight with Alzheimer’s disease for the past six years.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne; sons, Dan Sullivan and Mike Sullivan (Valerie) of Centralia, Mark Sullivan of Denver, Colorado, and a daughter, Joy Sullivan (Dave Warfield) of Earp, California; granddaughter, Shawna Sullivan, Seattle; a sister Rose Mason, Virginia City, Montana; brothers, Ray Sullivan (Brenda), Rochester, Washington, and Tom (Joanie) Sullivan, Butte, Montana; sister, Adrienne (Chuck) Alexander, of Centralia; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Eva.