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Elmer Leroy Sutton

Elmer Leroy Sutton

Elmer Sutton, 104, of Kelliher, MN, died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, MN.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, October 7, 2013 in the Old Kelliher School auditorium with the Rev. Chuck Chaffin officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Northern Point Community Church in Kelliher and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Kelliher, MN. Cease Funeral Home of Blackduck assisted the family with arrangements.

Active pallbearers will be his grandsons, Calvin Mayers, Curtis Storbeck, Wayne Sutton, Todd Sutton and Duane Mayers and friend, Danny Nelson. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Elmer's family.

He was born January 13, 1909 in Wolbach, NE to Harry and Nettie (Fithian) Sutton. He grew up and attended several different schools in South Dakota, graduating from high school in Bonesteel, S.D. in 1932. He had to live at home while attending school and drove the school bus. He married Isabelle Kroblen on June 12, 1935 in Marion, S.D.

After moving to Minnesota, he lived in Alvwood and then in the Saum area for about 68 years before moving into the Kelliher Apartments in Kelliher. He spent his last couple of months at Cornerstone Residence in Kelliher. Elmer worked in the lathe mill in Alvwood then bought a farm near Kelliher. He had a dairy farm for years then switched to beef cattle. He also raised and sold potatoes and hogs. He supplemented his income by tree planting, snow fencing and logging. He worked in the Rennemo Logging Camps north of Waskish in the 1960s where he skidded wood with horses with Joe Pula. Elmer never retired.

He enjoyed attending auction sales, making machinery over and loved farming, always making pets out of his cattle. Once they became pets, he hated to see them being sold. His nephews called him "Elmer Fudd." He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed his grandchildren. Elmer played football in high school and enjoyed sports. He would watch the Twins, Vikings, Gophers and Timberwolves on TV. He always hunted deer until he couldn't walk any longer in the woods. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Kelliher.

He is survived by his children, Lenetta (Ray) Mayers of Kelliher, MN, Belva (Carroll) Storbeck of Aurora, MN and Leroy (Judy) Sutton of Kelliher, MN; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter, Lindsey Mayers; siblings, Letha Sutton of Blackduck, MN, Leonard Sutton of Beaumont, CA, Harold Sutton of Centennial, CO, Earl Sutton of Greeley, Co and Donna Sutton of Blackduck, MN; a brother-in-law, Chuck Stone of Hemet, CA and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Nettie Sutton; his wife, Isabelle (Kroblen) Sutton in 1976; a grandson, Mike Mayers; three brothers, Glen Sutton, Floyd Sutton and Murl Sutton and five sisters, Electa Thoren, Esther Nord Bruns, Opal Michalicek, Florence Bauer and Ruth Warnberg.