Robert L. Sullins, 84

Coast Guard officer

February 08, 2007

Cmdr. Robert Lee Sullins, a retired career Coast Guard officer and avid golfer, died Friday of a heart attack at Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City, Fla. The Odenton resident was 84.

He was born in Tebbetts, Mo., and raised in Mokane, Mo. After graduating from high school, he went to work at Ryan Aircraft in San Diego.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as an electronics specialist from 1941 to 1946. He remained an active Naval Reservist until joining the Coast Guard in 1950.

He attained the Coast Guard rank of commander and was an expert in long-range radio-navigation. He served at stations near the Arctic Circle and in the South Pacific. He retired in 1971.

He spent winters at a second home in Dade City and enjoyed playing golf.

"The day before he died from a heart attack, he had played one of his best rounds of golf and was on cloud nine," said his wife of 63 years, the former Anita Berger. "What a way to go. He was so happy."

Commander Sullins, who previously lived in Pasadena and Annapolis, collected golf clubs and liked to play pinochle and cribbage.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. April 26 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Also surviving are a son, Gary A. Sullins of Ellicott City; three daughters, Elaine M. Moser of Williamsburg, Va., Marsha A. Hill of London and Cheryl L. Resch of Highland; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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