Thomas H. Sutterer, 82, of Perryville passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at his residence.
He was born June 9, 1938, in Perryville to Eloy and Iola (Moll) Sutterer. He and Geraldine “Gerry” (Kiefer) Sutterer were married Aug. 22, 1959, at St. Mary’s of the Barrens. She survives in Perryville.
Tom was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Army as counter intelligence in Berlin.
Tom’s lasting legacy is that he was a community builder. Tom’s professions include: From 1973-1979, he was the vice-president of a large corporate lumber and home building center. From 1979-1988, he managed a local building components and roof truss plant. Tom’s most distinguished career was a Building Contractor where he built over 30 custom homes in the community.
He also served many prominent roles within the community. He served on the Planning & Zoning Commission, Labor and Housing Task Force. His devotion to growth for Perry County was evident by his service with the Lions Club, Rotary Club, City Council and 10 years with the IDA Board. During his tenure, they acquired TG (U.S.A.), Solar Press and NPS Corporation as aggressive Perry County Employers. He also served on the Perryville Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce, where he was instrumental in bringing the higher education center to Perry County. In addition, Tom served as presiding Commissioner in Perry County from 1999-2006.
Tom loved spending time with his family and friends. He lived life to the fullest, playing cards, spending time at the family cabin, and camping. Tom left this world a better place than he found each day of his life. He was loved by many in the community and his infectious smile and personality will be dearly missed
Survivors include two sons, Keith Sutterer of Haslet, Texas, and Kurt (Sandra) Sutterer of Grand Rivers, Ky.; one daughter, Deanna (Jeff) Kline of Perryville; two brothers, Gerald Sutterer of Perryville and James Sutterer of Perryville; one sister, Suzanne Gabriel of Chesterfield; six grandchildren; Nicholas, Lauren, Chris, Kyle, Jennifer, and Jessica; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Michael Sutterer.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. and 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov, 21, 2020, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Geders C.M. officiating.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Vincent de Paul Education Foundation or Perry County Community Foundation.
Family has requested that all attending, please wear masks.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandyoungfuneralhome.com.
Ford & Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.