HERMANSVILLE - Robert G. Sutherland, 86, of Hermansville, passed away on Friday Nov. 9, 2012, at his home in Hermansville.
He was born on May 18, 1926, to the late Irwin and Irene (Gereau) Sutherland in Hermansville. On Nov. 27, 1945, he married the former Dorothy Betters in Kentucky.
Mr. Sutherland served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army.
Later he worked as a detective on the Kenosha, Wis. Sheriff's Department for 12 years. After returning to Hermansville, he purchased and operated the I.G.A. store.
Thirty-one years ago, Bob and Dorothy started serving with The Mission of the Holy Spirit. Their work has been primarily caring for the poor in Mexico.
Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, two children: Starlit A. Ernst and Donald R. (Diane) Sutherland, two sisters: Iva (Walter) Love and Genieve (Leroy) Floriano, one sister-in-law: Betty Sutherland, four grandchildren: Brian R. (Lisa) Ernst, Brenda M. (Thomas) Meyer, Amy (Steve) Dacus and Michael Sutherland, 13 great-grandchildren: Brendin, Camerin, Christian, Sebastian, Randi, Kirk, Angelica, Starlit, Thomas, Connor, Nolan, Kimberly and Aaron and one great great-granddaughter: Hadleigh.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Irwin Sutherland Jr. and William Sutherland and three sisters: Myrtle Freese, Elaine Gardipee and Grace Hayes.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012, at St. John Neumann Church in Hermansville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated following Mass at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at church with Fr. Michael Vichich officiating and Fr. Emmett Norden concelebrating. A luncheon will be held in the church parish hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to: The Mission of the Holy Spirit: P.O. Box 284, Hermansville, MI 49847.
The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Sutherland family with arrangements.
Visit allofh.com to send online condolences to his family.