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Joseph B. Sullivan

December 5, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date: December 11, 2018

Highland Cemetery 2167 Dixie Hwy Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017 Dec. 11, 11 a.m.

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Joseph “Jay” Buckner Sullivan, age 94, passed away on December 5, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jay was born on December 5, 1924 to Joseph James Sullivan and Mary Helen Buckner, and was a native of Seattle, Washington. Jay attended Shrivenham American University in England in 1945, and graduated from the University of Washington in 1948. He also attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, National War College, Armed Forces Staff College, Chemical Corps School and the Army Medical Field Service School. Jay began his military service in 1943 with the 50th General Hospital in World War II European Theater of Operations. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps, U.S. Army Reserve in 1949. After thirty-four years continuous service in active reserve, Jay retired in 1984 as a Colonel (0-6) Medical Service Corps. Jay worked as a pharmacist and food chemist in the retail industry, retiring in 1989. A Roman Catholic, Jay was a member Saint James Cathedral Parish in Seattle, Washington. Jay was granted armorial bearings by the Chief Herald of Ireland in 2002, which are listed in Burke’s Peerage and Gentry International Register of Arms and the American College of Heraldry. Jay was invested as a Knight of Magistral Grace by the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, and as a Knight of Merit by the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George. Jay was also a member of the Seattle Last Man’s Club of World War II, the Reserve Officers Association, Seattle Genealogical Society, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Washington State Pharmacist’s Association, American Legion, VFW, Senior Army Reserve Commander’s Association, and the Association of the United States Army. Jay is survived by his wife, Betty Mae (Williams) Sullivan; daughter Kathleen Marie Sullivan; son-in-law Stephen Todd Hamblin; and two granddaughters: Maya Cecilia Morales-Sullivan and Miranda Paige Hamblin. Funeral services will be held Tuesday December 11, 2018 at 11am at Highland Cemetery Chapel in Ft Mitchell. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KA, 66675-8517.