John B. Sutton, died Friday night, June 30, 2017, he was 80.
A Rosary service will be held Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel at Trout Funeral Home, Dick Robinson, deacon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, will officiate. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Carson Krittenbrink as celebrant. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.
John was born on March 16, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wis., the youngest son of David Joseph Sutton and Dorothy Ann Kircher Sutton. His family relocated to Ponca City when he was 12 years old to open the Lincoln and Mercury Dealership. He graduated from Ponca City High School in 1955.
On Jan. 1, 1960, he married Mary Martha Monsour and they had three children. He was the president of Sutton’s Lincoln Mercury for the majority of his career, then he happily took on a new role as the director of the Marland Mansion and Estate, a role that fit his passion to serve his community. John was the Ponca City Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1975 and Volunteer of the Year in 1978, which speaks to his commitment to help his community, which he did in a variety of roles over the years. He was past president of the Chamber of Commerce, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge, NW District Elk of the Year 2007, Ambuc National Big Hat president, chairman of the Kaw Lake Association, Camp Fire president and director of Camp McFadden, just to name a few. He was also president of the Grand Prix Races that were held at Lake Ponca over the July 4th holiday and one of the key people who helped bring the National Moto-X Races to Ponca. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, served on the Country Club board, the hospital board, was president of The United Way and helped to start Crime Stoppers. He was the major fundraiser for several community projects including Peach Tree Landing and the Ambuc Pool. He worked so diligently in all these endeavors to make Ponca City a better place for all to enjoy.
He is survived by his daughter, Marty and her husband Jeff Garner, of McKinney, Texas; his two sons, Mark and his wife Janice, of Murrieta, Calif. and David and his wife Kimberly, of Garland, Texas; eight grandchildren, Jarad Garner and his wife Loran, of McKinney, Emily Scruggs and her husband Noah, of Shreveport, La., Anna Alexander and her husband Dustin, Jenny Alexander and her husband Daniel, all of Ruston, La., Madison and Morgan Sutton, of Murrieta, Olivia and Conner Sutton, of Garland and five great grandchildren, Jaden Garner, of McKinney, Ezra and Alyza Scruggs, of Shreveport and Garner and Garyson Alexander, of Ruston; a sister, Ann McIlhargey, of Lethbridge Alberta, Canada and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 39 years, Mary; his parents; his brother, David J. “Bud” Sutton; his wife, Mary; his sisters, Dorothy A. “Dode” Sutton, Betty E. Kappele and her husband Tom; three brothers-in-law, Mike McIlhargey, Jim F. Monsour and his wife Jacque and Jack A. Monsour and his wife Connie.
Casket bearers will be, Jarad Garner, Bobby Gibson, Steve Giddens, Gary Miles, Bill Rutz and Will Wanner. Honorary casket bearers will be the members of the Ponca City Ambucs and Elks Lodge.
The family has asked, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to Camp McFadden, Inc. P.O. Box 1495, Ponca City, OK 74602 to build an Amphitheater named after Mary and John Sutton. The family will be at John’s home 2229 El Camino.