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Thomas Alan Sullwold, 67, of Hermantown, previously from Fort Collins, Colo., passed away on Jan. 9, 2017 from cancer with his family at his side.

Tom was born on Feb. 11, 1949 in St. Paul.

He graduated from Kellogg High School in Roseville in 1967. He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1974 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Tom enlisted in the Army in 1971. He spent two years in Neckarsulm, Germany where he was a Ballistic Missile (Pershing) Guidance & Control and Computer repairman, Specialist 4th Class.

Tom married Shirley Dubisar on Aug. 3, 1974. The couple moved to North Dakota in 1976 and to Grand Rapids in 1978. Tom worked for Minnesota Power in Grand Rapids for five years before moving to Duluth in 1983. Tom retired from MP in November 2005 with 28 years of service.

Tom and Shirley moved to Fort Collins in the Fall of 2005. Tom enjoyed hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, searching for wild flowers, watching elk, moose, enjoying nature, snowshoeing, tent camping, and photography. Tom worked a few hours per month as a disbursements accountant at Our Saviours Lutheran Church and played violin in the Windstrings from 2007 through Spring 2016. Tom and Shirley returned to Minnesota in April 2016 to be closer to family.

Tom was preceded in death by his son, Brandon of Duluth in 2014; and his father, Earl of White Bear Lake in 2015.

He is survived by his mother, Phyllis of White Bear Lake; wife, Shirley of Hermantown; daughters, Kristin (Noah) Venables of Minneapolis and Tammy (Nick) Licari of Duluth; grandchildren, Isaac, Ellie, and Henry Licari, and Abigail Venables. He is also survived by his brother, James Sullwold of Blaine and sisters, Patricia Sullwold (John Houtz) of Spring Lake Park and Sharyl (Bob) Schmidt of St. Paul; four nephews; and mother-in-law, Elvera Ziemann of Bismarck.

We wish to thank Dr. Randall Millikan and the Oncology Department staff, Essentia/St. Mary's Hospital, and Hospice Home Care for their superior care.

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in Faith Lutheran Church, 1814 N 51st Ave East, Duluth, MN 55804, Memorial donations may be made to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Rebuilding fund.

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Our recent memories of time shared with Tom and Shirley this past year have been great. Our prayers go to the sullwold family during this diffcult time.
Shirley Tom was a good friend at MP and I always enjoyed working with him. We sometimes got too competitive when we golfed together but I will always remember his Christian values and how he always tried to do the right thing. We will all miss him. My condolences to your family.
Sullwold family, I am so sorry to read about Tom's death. Prayers for strength for the family . I went to Kellogg HS with him and he was one the reunion committee was looking for.
My prayers are with you all.
I went to high school and graduated with Tom. We played in the orchestra together--I fondly remember him playing the violin and I played the bassoon. My prayers are with your family. Marge Norling
I went to high school with Tom. I fondly remember Tom from orchestra--he played the violin and I played the bassoon. My prayers are with your family.
Tom was my oldest brother. He was the first to go through life’s milestones and rites of passage- the first to be confirmed, to graduate, to go to college, to move away from home, to get married, have children, retire. He led the way for the rest of us, showing us how it’s done. He was accomplished but unassuming, and never lost his unique understated sense of humor. As a kid I remember the film of him playing “King Grumpus “ with a straight face, he also jumped off the garage roof into a pile of snow, a family legend. He wrote me letters while he was away in the service, full of advice for a younger sister, and I still have some of these. He liked the Beatles, so I’ll think of him when I hear those tunes. He loved his family, stating once to me that his 3 children were his very best friends he would have that he would know all of his life. We’ll miss him- he showed us how to live, and how to die- but we could have waited a lot longer for this. He was well loved by all of his family. A part of him will always be with us.
I'm so sorry to learn of Tom's passing . . . he was such a wonderful person and neighbor. Shirley, my thoughts are with you. I hope that we will see you again one day. Love, Melody
Shirley, I'm so sorry to hear of Tom's passing, but so glad he was surrounded by those he loved. Tom was such a sweet and gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you be comforted by the memories you hold dear in your heart.