James Paul Sutton, 88, of Indiana, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Moorehead House. 

He was born in 1927 in Burnside Township, to Paul and Viola Trudell Leamer Sutton.

The family moved to Indiana in 1942 and Jim graduated from Indiana High School. Additionally, he completed a civil engineering course from ICS.

He was employed by PennDOT for 36 years as assistant district maintenance engineer.

Jim attended the Trinity United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Jaffa Shrine, the American Society of Highway Engineers, the Antique Auto Club of America, a charter member of the Punxsutawney Antique Auto Club, the REO Antique Auto Club of America, the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees, the Good Sam Travel Club, and a donor of many years to the Red Cross whole blood, plasma and platelet program.

He enjoyed traveling, camping, woodworking and making computer greeting cards, and was a novice jeweler. A dedicated husband, he spent most of his time with his wife. In the 1960s, Jim and his uncle filled a long-time goal by building a log cabin in the Cherry Tree area. In 2015 his family was able to purchase the cabin.

Jim is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 70 years, Garnet E. Pierce Sutton, of Indiana; one son and one daughter: Charles D. Sutton and wife Connie, of Indiana; and Linda L. Russell and significant other Joseph Whitley, of Creswell, N.C.; three grandchildren: Craig P. Sutton and wife Johanna, of Indiana; Carrie L. Sutton-White and husband William, of Indiana; and Angela D. Russell, of Virginia Beach, Va.; three great-grandchildren: Payton White, Trenton White and Robert Sutton; two sisters, Helen R. Peterson and husband James, of Powell, Ohio; and Phyllis L. Brown and husband Jack, of Butler; a sister-in-law, Margaret Pierce, of Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Christopher L. Russell; his sister Dorothy Sutton Ferencz; his brother-in-law Robert Pierce; and an infant sister, Rosalie Irene Sutton.

Friends will be received from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, when a service will be held at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana, with the Rev. Greg Golden officiating. Private interment will be made in the Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jaffa Shrine, Trinity United Methodist Church, Shriners Hospitals, and the American Red Cross.


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