History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Founded in 1906 by Funeral Director William Sullivan, the business for many years was located on Main Street in Royal Oak, first at the northwest corner of Main and Second Street, and a short time later at the northeast corner of Main and Third Streets. William Sullivan also operated a flourishing livery business at this location until 1923, when automobiles had replaced horses. He was a charter member of the Royal Oak Volunteer Fire Department, and later its chief.

William’s son James joined his father in 1932, and in 1939 relocated the funeral home to its present location at 705 West Eleven Mile Road. Several additions have been made to the building since that time.

Sons William and John joined their father as licensed funeral directors in the 1960’s, and son-in law Raymond Lope joined them in the family business upon receiving his license.

A second location was acquired at 8459 Hall Road, Utica. Today John Sullivan manages the operations of the Royal Oak funeral home, and Raymond Lope manages the Utica funeral home. His son Michael, the fourth generation, joined the business in 2006.

We are pleased to be a family-owned and operated business for over a 100 years. 

Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home's vision is to be a progressive and innovative leader in funeral and cremation services. We will continue to be family owned and operated and dedicated to the highest ethical standards while providing meaningful service to each family's individual needs. 

Our Valued Staff

  • The Sullivan  Family

    The Sullivan Family

  • John E.  Sullivan CFSP

    John E. Sullivan CFSP Co-Owner, Funeral Director

    John Sullivan is a third-generation licensed funeral director. He is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Notre Dame. In 1966, John completed the Mortuary Science course at Wayne State University. Shortly thereafter, he resigned from the Michigan National Guard and enlisted in the US Army. After intense training and completing Officer Candidacy School, John was sent to Munich, Germany as a tank platoon commander. He left the Army in 1969 and then began working full-time at the funeral home.

    John is a longtime member of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica and a Lifetime Trustee of the South Oakland Boys and Girls Club. He is also a long serving member of the Rotary Club of Royal Oak as well as the South Oakland YMCA Board of Directors. John is also an avid boater who once sailed his 33-foot boat from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean.

    John is married to his wife Judy and has two sons, James and Eric, both of whom are US Air Force Veterans. He is proud to be a member of Royal Oak’s oldest family business.

  • William J. Sullivan

    William J. Sullivan Co-Owner, Funeral Director

    A Royal Oaks Resident born in 1940. Graduate of Shrine High School, University of Notre Dame, and Wayne State University Mortuary Science Program. Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, S.A. Married to the late Cathy Sullivan for 49 years, with whom he had two sons (Brian and Tim), and five grandchildren.

    Past president of the Royal Oak Rotary Club, and member of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, Royal Oak Historical Society, and National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica.

    Mr. Sullivan entered this line of work to be a part of our four-generation family-owned business.

  • Raymond C.  Lope

    Raymond C. Lope Co-Owner, Funeral Director

  • Michael J. Lope CCO

    Michael J. Lope CCO Co-Owner, Funeral Director

    Michael J. Lope is a licensed funeral director and co-owner of the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home. After attending high school in the Detroit area, he then earned a business degree at Michigan State University. A move to New York City led to a successful sales position dealing with top level law firms and their attorneys. After just three years working with Document Technologies, Inc. Mike attended American Academy McAllister Institute for mortuary school in New York City.

    Mike was licensed in 2006 and began working with his family at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home. He currently works at both family funeral homes in Utica and Royal Oak. In addition, Michael is a member of MFDA and NFDA. He is also involved in the community and served on the boards of MFDA District 6, the Metro Detroit Youth Clubs the Gerald C. Friend Memorial Scholarship, and the Downtown Development Authority in Utica.

    In his time off Michael enjoys golfing, skiing, hiking and camping. He is a parishioner at Holy Name Catholic Church with his wife Christine and his two children Andrew and Ashlyn. He and his family are committed to maintaining a family owned and operated funeral home that is a progressive and innovative leader in burial and cremation services.

  • Jim Sullivan

    Jim Sullivan Funeral Director

  • Richard P. McLaughlin  CFSP

    Richard P. McLaughlin CFSP Funeral Director, Pre-Need Counselor

  • Robert B.  Stockton CFSP

    Robert B. Stockton CFSP Operations Manager, Funeral Director

  • Sherry A.  Marshall CFSP

    Sherry A. Marshall CFSP Funeral Director

    Sherry was born in Detroit and raised in Riverview. Graduated from WSU Department of Mortuary Science and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1984. Member of NFDA, MFDA, past President of MFDA District 6 and American Academy of Certified Funeral Service Practitioners since 2001. She is the Past President of the Warren Morning Kiwanis Club and received the George F. Hixson Fellowship Award. Past member of Royal Oak Kiwanis Club and current member of South Oakland Kiwanis. Sherry met her husband, Barry through Kiwanis and they married in 2001. They enjoyed traveling, especially several visits to Alaska, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks, and for many years had annual trips to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to canoe and kayak. She is a Notary Public.

  • Richard S.  Bollini CFSP

    Richard S. Bollini CFSP Operations Manager, Funeral Director

    Richard was born in Detroit and raised in Warren, Michigan. He graduated from Warren Mott HS before attending Wayne State University, where he received his degree in Mortuary Science. He married his wife, Lisa A. Bollini in 1992. Together they have a wonderful son, Marco R. Bollini.

    Resident of Sterling Heights, Michigan since 1993. Member of St. Peter Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Usher Club, San Marino Social Club, MFDA, NFDA, Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and Notary for State of Michigan

  • Dustin N. Hughes

    Dustin N. Hughes Funeral Director

  • Allison Voorhess

    Allison Voorhess Funeral Director

    Allison is a second-generation funeral director following in the footsteps of her late uncle, John Voorhess. She attended Lutheran High School North before earning her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Albion College. Allison then attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Illinois, where she proudly received the Albert E. Worsham Memorial Award for highest academic honors. A resident of St. Clair Shores, she enjoys volunteering her time by fostering cats and walking dogs for her local animal shelter. Allison is committed to serving families with kindness, compassion, and attention to detail.

  • Jack  Clock CCO

    Jack Clock CCO Funeral Director

    Jack is a fifth generation funeral director who grew up in Whitehall, MI. Jack has a B.S. in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University and a B.S. in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University. Jack has been with the company since 2016. In addition to his funeral director’s license, Jack also holds a crematory operator’s certification and has extensive knowledge of the cremation process. In 2018, Jack was one of just 50 funeral directors in the nation selected to participate in the National Funeral Director’s Association’s “Meet the Mentor” program. In his free time, Jack loves fishing, watching Detroit sports, and spending time with his wife, two children, and his retriever.

  • Patty  Bucchare

    Patty Bucchare Support Staff, Funeral Director

  • Michelle O'Hara

    Michelle O'Hara Director of Advanced Planning

    Over the past 6 years, Michelle has been guiding families through the pre planning process. Whether it be burial or cremation, she assists with creating a plan that best fits each individual family. Michelle graduated from Rochester University in 2012. She is an active member of St. Augustine in Richmond, where she resides with her husband Jon, sons Henry and Teddy and their labradoodle Sydney.

  • Lora  Braun

    Lora Braun Support Staff

  • Joe  Slawek

    Joe Slawek Funeral Assistant

  • Leo  Niedzwiecki

    Leo Niedzwiecki Funeral Assistant

  • Dave Witulski

    Dave Witulski Funeral Assistant

  • Marcie Niedzwiecki

    Marcie Niedzwiecki Funeral Assistant

  • Dennis O'Donnell

    Dennis O'Donnell Funeral Assistant

  • Hope Wilson

    Hope Wilson Funeral Assistant

  • Karen  Schollenberger

    Karen Schollenberger Support Staff

  • Kenneth  Kemp

    Kenneth Kemp Funeral Assistant

    In Memory of
    1942 ~ 2021

  • Shelli Adams

    Shelli Adams Support Staff

  • Paul Meschini

    Paul Meschini Funeral Assistant