Oil Rigs

Carl Lee Sullivan

May 18, 1952 ~ October 18, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Carl Sullivan Obituary

   Carl Lee Sullivan, age 71, of Thompsonville, passed away at 12:13 PM, Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, surrounded by his family.

     Carl was born on May 18, 1952 in Christopher, Illinois to Vernon Lee and June (Serles) Sullivan.  On April 10, 1976 he married Sandy Stevens and she survives.  Carl graduated from Thompsonville High School in 1970 and Southeastern Illinois College Forestry Program in 1972. Carl served his country in the United States Army serving in Germany during Vietnam.  He was the last one drafted out of Hamilton County before the draft was closed.  Carl served from October 16, 1972 to October 17, 1974.  During his time in the Army, Carl was a Hawk Missile Fire Crewman and M 16 Marksman. He was a life-long farmer and has pumped oil wells for multiple companies for the past 40 years.  Carl also helped build many barns and houses, including his own using his carpentry skills; he had the ability to fix anything.  He was a deacon and member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.  Carl was also a member of the American Legion Post 1194 in Thompsonville. He served as a trustee at Pleasant Valley Cemetery and was an active member of the Illinois Beef Association. Carl loved working in the oil field and on the family farm.  He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan who loved listening to the games. Papa also loved helping and watching his grandkids with their 4-H calves. But all this pales in comparison to the love he had for his God and his family. Carl was a loving husband, father and papa. He was also devoted to his church and his church family. He was loved by everyone that knew him.

     Carl is survived by his wife, Sandy of forty-seven years of Thompsonville; son, Adam of Thompsonville and special friend, Ginger Launius; daughter, Angie Oglesby and husband Josh of Galatia; two grandchildren, Addyson and Easton Oglesby; mother, June Sullivan of Thompsonville; sister, Peggy Boone of Harrisburg; brother, Michael Sullivan of Thompsonville; brother, Mark Sullivan of St. Louis; several aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

     Carl was preceded in death by father, Vernon Sullivan,brother-in-law, Mike Pemberton, brother-in-law, Bobby Boone, and father and mother-in-law, Kelley and Lillie Stevens.

     Funeral services for Carl Lee Sullivan, will be held at 11 AM, Monday, October 23, 2023 at Stricklin Funeral Home in Harrisburg.  Rev. Justin Ferrell and Rev. Mark Cockrum will officiate and burial will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM, Sunday, October 22, 2023 at Stricklin Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Valley Cemetery.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  Condolences may be left for his family on his obituary page at www.stricklinfuneralhome.com.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carl Lee Sullivan, please visit our floral store.

Friends and family have shared their relationship to show their support.
How do you know Carl Lee Sullivan?
We are sorry for your loss.
Help others honor Carl's memory.


October 22, 2023

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Stricklin Funeral Home
503 E. Sloan Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946

Funeral Service
October 23, 2023

11:00 AM
Stricklin Funeral Home
503 E. Sloan Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946


© 2023 Stricklin Funeral Home, Inc.. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility