Jack E. Sutherlin passed into his promised eternal life on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Gilbert Mercy Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona from a week-long battle with COVID-19 Virus.
He was born in Michigan City, Indiana, to Fred J. and Norma (Tilden) Sutherlin, on Aug. 4, 1946. Jack graduated in 1965 from Elston High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam in 1967. Jack was a decorated veteran who served with honor and distinction.
In January 1968 he married Jacqueline (Strieter) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Porte, Indiana. Their union was blessed with two children, Jeffrey (Alexandra Krause) Sutherlin, Gilbert, Arizona and Allison Sutherlin (Timothy) Sternberg of Perrysburg, Ohio. He was blessed to be a grandparent to six grandchildren; Christian Sutherlin, Myka Sutherlin and Gabriel, Joshua, Benjamin and Samuel Sternberg.
Jack worked as a journeyman electrician for NIPSCO in Michigan City, IN for 19 years before moving his family to Arizona in 1987, where he was employed by Salt River Project as a journeyman substation high voltage electrician until he retired in 2010.
He is survived by his wife Jackie of 52 years and one sister, Patricia Stanley of Knox, Indiana. His parents and brothers Richard and Robert preceded him in death.
Jack was a strong family man who loved coaching Little League Baseball as well as girl’s and women’s softball. He loved studying American military history. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan and enjoyed woodworking in his home workshop. He was an active member of Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert, Arizona; he and Jackie worked diligently to honor our many church veterans every year at special Veterans Day services. Jack was firmly grounded in his Christian faith. He took great delight and love in watching his six grandchildren grow and become fine young citizens with bright futures ahead of them. He was a wonderful and highly dedicated husband and father and a most loving grandfather who loved God, family and country. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. Although Jack was taken from us suddenly, he is at peace with his Lord now with no more battles to fight. May God grant rest to his beautiful and gentle soul.