After a courageous fight with cancer, John went to be with our Lord on Thursday, June 21, 2018. At his side was his wife of 55 years, Carol and his three children, Mike of Frisco, Shelley Reetz of Mansfield and Lynn Reichert of New Braunfels. He is survived by his children's spouses, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. John was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Chuck Sulzen of Kansas City and his sister, Margie Denk. He is survived by his sisters, Carol, Sharon and Debbie, and their families; his brothers, Chuck and Richard, and their families; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was born on October 8, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri. He married Carol, the love of his life, on December 29, 1962. He graduated from Rockhurst College in 1966. He served his country in the U.S. Army. John worked and retired in 1999 from Northrop Grumman after 30 years of dedicated service. John was deeply dedicated to his faith and spent many years rising at 5:00 a.m. to spend time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He also served many years giving his time to Meals on Wheels and the Arlington Life Shelter. John was a dedicated athlete and sports fan and loved cheering on his Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Texas Longhorns. Many devoted friends with whom he spent many years will miss John. He was an accomplished bridge player and enjoyed many games of Ping-Pong, Canasta, and Pinochle with his family and friends. In particular, he relished his time spent with his grandchildren. He rarely missed an opportunity to attend and support his kids and grandchildren at many sporting events, as well as other school activities. His love for the water began by spending time fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks with his father. Over time it grew to multiple family trips and gatherings throughout the years at the Lake of the Ozarks, the ocean near Carlsbad, CA, and many trips to Boston and the Eastern Seaboard. He leaves a long legacy of patience, love, and happy memories that will last for many years to come. In honor of John's life, memorial gifts may be made to Arlington Life Shelter, 325 W. Division Street, Arlington, TX 76011, (817) 548-9885. Wade Family Funeral Home (817) 274-9233

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  1. My prayers and so much love are with my Sulzen Family now and in the days and months ahead. Your family has always been such a blessing to my family! I will always remember John for his kindness, humor, patience and that wonderful smile! Sending love and support from Kansas. Rest in peace in the arms of Jesus, sweet man!

  2. Please allow me to offer my condolences for the loss of your loved one. Death touches us all, however; we can be assured that you will see “John” again. This is a promise that Jesus made to us at: John 5:28,29. One day we will live in a time where no resident will say “I’m sick”. Isaiah 33:24. We can also look forward to a time when death will be no more. Rev. 21: 3,4. Would you not agree that this will be a wonderful hope for all of mankind? May Jehovah God, grant you with peace and the ability to endure during this time of grief. For more encouraging scriptures, visit and search the word “comfort” and you will find comfort and hope through the scriptures.

  3. Carol and Family we are very sorry for your loss, John was always so happy when we saw him and he had a great heart.


    May time heal your sorrow


    May friends ease your pain


    May peace replace heartaches

    And may warmest memories remain.
    Your all in our prayers

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