FLOYD ALLEN SUTTER

Floyd Sutter, of Braham, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.  He was 68 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 5- 7 pm on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.

Floyd Allen Sutter rang in the New Year, with a going home celebration in Heaven, on December 31, 2011, following a valiant battle with cancer.
 Floyd was born to Grace (Reed) and Allen Sutter on February 25, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the youngest of four children – others being Rodney, Beverly, and Robert.
 Floyd attended school in Brooklyn Center, MN, and High School at Minneapolis North.  In his early years, he worked (and was fired many times) for his father at a gas station. It was there that he probably fell in love with cars, but his first love was Donna (Gallup). They were united in marriage on January, 10, 1962.
Floyd joined the United States Army in 1960. He was stationed in Germany before being honorably discharged in 1963. Floyd and Donna settled in North Minneapolis.  Their daughter Michelle was born to them in 1963.  Rebecca was welcomed into the world in 1968. With business aspirations, they moved to Minnetonka, MN, where Floyd, Jr. was born in 1972. In 1977, the family moved to their present home in Braham, MN. 
 Family trips were important to Floyd, and their travels stretched from the west to east coast of the country as well as through the south. History lessons from Floyd on each trip were always free of charge. No two trips were ever alike. The excitement of site-seeing and running out of gas, (at the most inopportune time), were always in order.  As the children grew and began life on their own, Floyd and Donna searched for vacation spots to enjoy each winter. Marco Island, Florida became that paradise.  Always looking to mix business and pleasure, they purchased a few homes and began doing vacation rentals. Floyd handled the advertising and business end of it and Donna complimented his efforts with her artistic touches to the homes. Many memories with family and friends visiting them in Marco Island will be forever cherished.  
 Floyd had many interests and his entrepreneurial ventures bore that out. He obtained a radio operator license and even published and held a patent or two. He bought an airplane and obtained a private pilot’s license (because he didn’t trust flying with someone else in control). He was a carpenter with Palmer Construction, owned a gas station in Minnetonka and a marina and boat repair business. He owned an auction house in Brunswick, then in Braham and Cambridge. He owned discount stores in Cambridge, Braham, Pine City, and Big Lake, MN. His clear passion, however, was cars. He owned many collectible vehicles throughout his life.  He owned several car sales lots, first on Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, then Brunswick, Braham and Cambridge, MN. The car sales venture was a family affair. The kids helped by washing and detailing cars and driving cars from the auction lot to the car lots. Some family misadventures occurred when the cars the kids were driving broke down along the way and when Donna could not remember what vehicle she had driven to the market on any given day.
 Putting all the business ventures and life interests aside, as well as his accomplishments and failings, Floyd had a heart for God that would not be shaken. He was always eager to speak his beliefs – no surprise there – and his love of Christ was always apparent to those that were privileged to be close to him. 
 Floyd Allen Sutter was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Allen, his brother, Rodney and sister, Beverly. He is survived by his devoted wife, Donna, and his loving children, son; Floyd Sutter, Jr. of Cambridge, daughters; Rebecca (Warren) Trygestad of Madison, MN, and Michelle (Randy)  Plageman of Braham,  brother;  Robert (Joyce)  Sutter of Braham, grandchildren; Annika, Grant, and Blake Trygestad, Croix and Matthew Plageman, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and other family and friends also survive

 

18 guestbook entries for FLOYD ALLEN SUTTER

  1. Linda Currier January 3, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Randy and Michelle,

    I am so very sorry for your loss! Unfortunately I did not know Floyd personally but after reading about him I determined that he was deeply loved and devoted to his wife and family. My prayers are with all of you during this time of sadness.

  2. Anita Kvidt January 3, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Randy and Michelle
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and my prayers

  3. Ron Grundyson January 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    So sorry to hear about Floyd. Did not know he had been ill. My prayers go out to you and the family. Floyd was indeed a special person.

  4. Bud Schaitberger January 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Donna and family,
    Sorry to hear of Floyd’s passing. It was always an “adventure” to spend time with Floyd. I didn’t see him too often after high school, but will always remember Floyd as fiercely independent yet a fun loving and caring person.

  5. Ralph Peterson January 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Dear Donna & Family
    I’m so sorry to hear of Floyd’s passing. Even though I haven’t seen Floyd much in the last couple of years, his name comes up on a number of occassions in my conversations with numerous people. I had a very high respect for Floyd and knowing of his love of Jesus Christ makes me respect him even more.
    May God be with you and your family at this time of sorrow and always.
    -Ralph

  6. Art & Edie Kaunonen January 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    To the Floyd Sutter Family

    Sorry to hear about Floyd. Our prayers and thoughts
    are with you Donna and the family.

  7. Jodi Wilson January 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Dear Donna – Floyd’s life may have been short in years, but never in experience and the great ways he touched people. Always a good comment – even the last time we visited. I want to tell you how he came shopping for a Christmas gift for you last year – – – so cute and so devoted to you! What a great obituary. Love and prayers to you and your family. Enjoy the time as you say your good-byes during the next few days. I will see you in the Spring.

  8. Chris Grote January 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear about Floyd. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  9. Randy Plageman January 4, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    My Pops- always ready , willing, and able to help family and friends. Did a lot of things anonymously; most people wouldn’t believe what he’s done through the years if they knew. The thoughts and prayers folks here and in person have expressed are greatly appreciated! He’s my father, friend, mentor, fellow joker and Believer. The torch will be carried on Pops. I love you.

  10. Patty Rice and children January 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Dear Donna and Children
    So sorry for your loss. Floyd was one of a kind and once you met him you never forgot him. He had a great smile and an even better “chuckle” for a laugh. He will truly be missed.
    My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  11. Wayne & Kathy Nelson January 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Donna and family: Just know you are in our prayers, especially during the days ahead.

  12. Kelly Litchfield January 5, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Floyd Jr.

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. My deepest sympathy.

  13. Sharon Skavlem January 5, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Donna and Family
    I am so sorry we lost Flody at such an early age- He always had the BEST stories to tell- would always make you laugh-he had such a sense of humor- I will miss his daily emails- Knowing his Faith in Jesus Christ I know we have a Guardian Angel looking over us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Marvel Snyder January 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Donna and family
    Floyd was such a great guy, I love his storys. He would always make you laugh, He was a great captian when we went boating. We always look forward to see you guys in FL.
    Words can not express our deep sympathy. He will be missed,but he will be watching over us.

  15. Linda Dahl Rooney January 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Donna —
    I’m Gene and Shirley’s daughter. I was so saddened to hear of Floyd’s passing. What both of you mean to my family is beyond words. Floyd was always there for my Dad, offering support when Dad was sick, and both you and Floyd were family to my Mom and Dad. We heard many stories of the dogs, Marco Island, the cars, your beautiful garden… When my family came to visit you were both so gracious to share your pool with my kids and their cousins. The past year was difficult for both your family and mine, but through it all my mom and dad always talked about Floyd being such a fighter, as I’m sure he was until it was his time to go. Please accept my family’s deepest sympathies, and know that my mom and dad are always there for you for whatever you may need.
    Blessings, Linda Dahl Rooney and family

  16. Diane Myers (Weezy) January 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss!!! I knew Floyd through my late husband Trebor. I bought my favorote car from Floyd – he was a great guy!! I am sure tht Floyd and Trebor are in heaven talking “cars”!! He had told Trebor years ago that he named his business “Rettus” (Sutter spelled backward as Trebor is for Robert) he told Bore if it was good enough for Robert it was good enough for him. I had talked with Floyd a couple times after Bore passed in March and am sorry I did not know he too was suffering. I do believe they are both in a wonderful place, but it sure sucks to be without them here!!! May the spirits and the angels hold you and keep you strong today and always!!! God Bless, Diane Myers a/k/a Weezy

  17. Danielle,Jeff, and Daniel Pollitt January 19, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Dear Miss Donna & Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We’ve known Mr. Floyd for quite a while and will always remember his stories and what a great friend to our family he was. My father always remarked about the fun he had with Floyd and while we will so dearly miss them both, we are very Thankful for the time and blessings we shared while they were here. We can’t wait to see you in Florida and miss you, terribly.
    Love,
    Danielle, Jeff, and Daniel

  18. Donna Peterson February 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Sorry to hear Floyd is gone. What a joy to know!!! I bought my favorite car from him. He was such a fun sweet man. I could always tell he was a man with many “hats” but was not aware he was into so many things.He will be missed in the area. I remember the first time I came to his shop at the Y, He asked my name and he said that’s my wifes name…Ill always remember it. He always had a moment to give my husband and I CRAP anytime he seen us. What a MAN!!!
    Sorry for your HUGE loss. God be with your family now and forever!!!

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