Benjamin E. "Ben" Sullivan

May 29, 2020
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A family directed celebration of life service will be held at a later date.


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Benjamin E. “Ben” Sullivan, 43, of Waterloo, died Friday, May 29, 2020 at his home.  He was born November 15, 1976 in Waterloo the son of Fred and Karen Kent Sullivan.

Ben was a 1994 graduate of San Bernardino High School in California.  He worked as a tattoo artist for Omega Red Piercing and Tattoo.

Survived by: his parents, Karen (Julie Holland) Sullivan of Grimes, Fred Sullivan of Waterloo; one brother, Gabe Sullivan of Waterloo; one sister, Sarah (Derek) Smith of Hinton; his girlfriend, Heather Murr of La Porte City; nieces and nephews, Ethan and Reagan Baker and Tyler and Rilee Smith all of Hinton and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceded in death by: his maternal grandparents, Gilbert (Berniece) Kent and paternal grandparents, Edward (Marge) Sullivan.

Ben was a free-spirited person.  He loved art, music, restoring cars, family, and cherished his alone “creative” time.

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  1. Margo Bonsall | Jun 27, 2020
    My heart aches for you and family. Prayers, love and hugs to you.  I am so sorry for your loss🙏
  2. Amy | Jun 14, 2020
    I am so sorry for your loss! Ben was always a super nice guy coming into my place of business. Such a sweet person. He will be missed.
  3. Scott Brosovich | Jun 07, 2020
    Although I didn’t know Ben I do know his mother Karen who is a wonderful person and I’m sure Ben was as well.  My heart breaks for you Karen, God bless you and your family.
  4. Dixie Billings | Jun 03, 2020
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you all. ❤️ Dixie Billings
  5. Casey Van Meter Pyle | Jun 02, 2020
    i am in a straight funk without my homie.. Stay up big dog i love you.
  6. Jake Feldman | Jun 02, 2020
    Karen,  sorry for your loss. my condolences.
  7. Tabitha Gardner | Jun 01, 2020
    How very sad Ben was amazing heaven gained an angel while we lost an amazing soul Fly High my friend
  8. Sandra Borwig | Jun 01, 2020
    So sorry for your loss.
  9. Deb Card | Jun 01, 2020
    My heart breaks for all! Ben was a great artist and had a great imagination of what creation he could construct out of nothing! A free spirit for sure.  We will miss him❤

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