CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Alton Sutter, 78, died May 16, 2002, at Chateau Girardeau.
Born Aug. 15, 1923, in Puxico, son of the late Alfred and Addie Rucker Sutter, he had lived in Puxico most of his life and moved to Cape Girardeau in 1994. A member and a deacon of the First Christian Church in Puxico, he was the owner and operator of the Puxico Mercantile for many years. He was also a charter member and a past officer of the Puxico Rotary Club, the Masonic Lodge and had served as a Scoutmaster for Troop 370. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a charter member of Puxico VFW Post 7822 and served on the Puxico Board of Aldermen for two terms.
On May 5, 1947, he married Carrie Ward who survives of Cape Girardeau.
Other survivors include: two sons, Stephen A. Sutter of Puxico and Douglas W. Sutter of Erie, Pa.; and one granddaughter, Nicole Sutter.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Isa Kleeman on Dec. 13, 1991, and Celeste Menees on May 7, 2002; and one grandson, Thomas Sutter on Dec. 16, 1986.
Visitation begins at 4 p.m. today at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico, where VFW services at 5 p.m. will be followed by Masonic rites.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Wesley Wright of Cape Girardeau and the Rev. Wiley McGhee of Puxico will officiate.
The Veterans Honor Guard of Butler County will conduct military graveside rites at the Puxico Cemetery.