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Clifford Earl Sutton
June 6, 1940 - February 7, 2011
Clifford Earl Sutton, 70, of Everest, Kansas, went to be with our Lord Monday, February 7, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the Horton Community Hospital. He was born on June 6, 1940 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of Clifford J. & Margaret Vinson Sutton.
Cliff was raised by his father and mother until the age of 11 when his father, Clifford Jerome Sutton, was killed in an automobile accident. His mother continued to raise him until he joined the Army at the age of 18.
At 18 Cliff went to Boot camp and AIT. Afterwards he returned to Council Bluffs, IA where he married Margaret Patricia Wallace on October 18, 1958. In this year of his life his first child, Clifford James Sutton was born followed by Kelly Patricia Sutton, Christopher Blaine Sutton, Blaine Colton Sutton and Arielle Ashley Sutton who is currently attending Benedictine College on an ROTC Scholarship.
During Cliff’s prestigious Military career, he accomplished many things some men only dream of. Clifford’s career began in the Army as a Military Policeman. He later transferred to Infantry then Ranger Special Forces. During this time he also became an Airborne Ranger Master Parachutist. Cliff was one of the last people to hold the rank of Spec 6. This rank was later removed.
During his time as a Ranger and while deployed in Vietnam, he was deployed as a Green Beret and attained the Rank of Captain. After the Vietnam War, Cliff was caught in a reduction in force. He then went into CID and achieved the rank of CW2. During Cliff’s many deployments with the Army, his family was stationed at several posts stateside as well as overseas, Okinawa and Germany.
In 1979 Clifford retired from the military in Washington State. He later joined the King County Police Force and became a decorated Police Officer. In 1991 Clifford and Margaret decided to move back to their home towns in Kansas and Iowa to raise the last of their two children.
Clifford became very active within the community and with his children. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts of America where Blaine was fortunate enough to obtain Eagle Scout. Clifford also drove for Brown County School District Bus services and also was quite proud of his children’s accomplishments within school, church and the community. He also drove Ambulance for Horton Community Hospital with great pride.
In November 2009 Clifford was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. He went through 3 bouts of chemotherapy as well as 3 rounds of Radiation. During these treatments he was also diagnosed with Adrenal Gland cancer, Brain Cancer and a Cancer mass on his back.
His loving grandchildren could not be thanked enough for their love and support throughout this trying time. They loved him like their dad and he was quite a mentor to them. How fortunate for all to have developed this special bond and how proud are we as a family to have such wonderful support.
A special heartfelt thank you to an extended member of our family, Zach Buettgenbach, who has shown tremendous support and love in helping the family with his care through this difficult time.
With the loving and selfless support his wife Pat has shown through the years, Clifford truly was a blessed man. She was the pillar of strength past and present. She was a wonderful mother and wife.
“If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again”. Clifford will and always has been the love of her life. We will miss you and carry on your love and legacy to your wonderful great-grand-children who will miss you deeply. May god bless you, we love you!
Survivors include his devoted wife of 52 years, Margaret of the home; two daughters, Kelly Galietti of Everest, Kansas and Arielle Sutton of Atchison, Kansas; three sons, Clifford J. Sutton of Olympia, Washington, Christopher Sutton of Gig Harbor, Washington and Blaine Sutton of Everest, Kansas; brother, Frank Sutton of Covington, Washington; seven sisters, Melissa Larchick of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Linda Sutton of Jacksonville, Florida, Helen Sutton of Jacksonville, Florida, Kathy Syzsmanski of Prineville, Oregon, Paula Adame of Topeka, Kansas, Jennie Sutton and Joannie Hall of New York; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren and dear friend, Zach Buettgenbach.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jodi Hall and a sister Marsha Yeshnowski. A Memorial Mass was held on February 10, 2011 at the St. Leo's Catholic Church in Horton, Kansas. Inurnment was at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.
The above information includes details online here at the time of this posting.
Cemetery details are per the Veteran's gravesite locator here.