Joe Sutton

Mar 06, 1950 - Apr 03, 2021

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Joseph L. Sutton, 71, of St. Charles, died Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his wife and kids. He passed from complications of the long-term effects of Agent Orange exposure, while serving his country in Vietnam. Joe was born March 6, 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester...

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May 15

Memorial Gathering

Saturday, May 15, 2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

VFW Post 1215

2775 43rd Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901

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Joe Sutton

March 06, 1950 - April 03, 2021

Trina April 12, 2021

It’s hard to put into words what the last 32 years meant. It’s hard to fathom just what the human mind, body and soul can withstand. I’ll be forever grateful that I got to assist in his last year. We kinda knew when we got the double diagnosis (ALS-FTD) what that meant, we just didn’t know how far we would have to go. It stretched my faith, only to have it completely restored in the end. I will forever be grateful for knowing this sensitive soul. He legally adopted me when I was teenager and he taught me that a man can stay and more than that, wants to stay. He had a way with my mom that no one at the time could possibly understand, not even me. He weathered her pain and my trauma and just told me over and over again “I love you.” And not only did he tell me but he showed me all the time just that. I can’t remember when I started calling him Dad, he could tell you. At the time it just felt natural. I watched him with Cole and I think I just realized what an incredible man he was. I gathered all the ways in which he chose to be there for us and I cherish them. Our blended family wasn't always easy, there are a lot of strong people you helped raise, but loving you was the easiest part.
In the end I called him Pops. He looked at me funny one day and asked why do you call me that, why don’t you call me daddy? I told him you’re Christie’s Daddy and I’ve decided you’re my Pops. And he said “ok”. No competition, just acceptance. That’s who he was, accepting of people. So Pops, thank you, thank you for being the father I needed and the father you were to me. Thank you for the complete acceptance of my mom and I, you were the miracle we needed. Watching you two become a team and accept each other’s strengths and weaknesses was life affirming. Until we meet again. I love you.

Loretta Jenson April 11, 2021

Remembering Joe with love and prayers for all in the days forward. Dick and Retta

Eric Weihe April 9, 2021

I remember many years ago as a kid going to visit Joe and Cole with my dad (Ryan). Joe took us out fishing on his boat and we had a great time. With Joe as a guide we actually caught fish. My dad and I are worse fisherman than hunters, and knowing us, this means that Joe was clearly an exceedingly patient and good teacher. I wish I had more memories like the weekend I had with Joe and Cole. Hopefully everyone can remember the good times with Joe and come together to find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Ryan Weihe April 8, 2021

A funny story about my brother-in-law Joe. Back in the days when I was courting his sister Connie, I was at the farm and when I was ready to leave my car wouldn’t start. I opened the hood and saw that the distributor cap was loose. I immediately went over to Joe’s car and loosened his distributor cap. The next time I was at the farm Frances told me the next morning she looked out the window and Joe and Bob were pushing Joe’s car down the driveway trying to get it started, Joe who could put an engine together blindfolded and me who didn’t know the difference between Freon and Antifreeze had pulled the wool over his eyes. Everything was good. A couple years later Joe, Christie, and Patrick were part of my wedding party!!

Ashley Cullen (Weihe) April 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Joe was a kind big brother to my mom and she always had fun stories of them growing up. I know she loved him and his kids dearly. He will be missed.

Jaclyn Schulte (Weihe) April 7, 2021

Joe was a quiet and kind uncle. I loved the many family picnics we had at his place growing up. He had such a welcoming smile. You'll be missed uncle Joe!

Mark Lund April 7, 2021

Joe and I were always hitting the back roads of White Water. There was always laughter from the time we left until we would arrive back home knowing that we were going to be in trouble.😄 We spent a lot of time deer hunting together and having the best time of our lives. You will missed my friend but you will never be forgotten. I will raise a 🍺 time to time for you. Love you.

Pam April 7, 2021

Joe was loving, kind, gentle and understanding, as a husband, a father and a grandfather. We were the yin to each other’s yang. I know how loved I was. I know how lucky I was to have him for 32-1/2 years. I will miss him forever.

Joe Lund April 6, 2021

Joe was a rare breed you’d have to travel far and wide to find someone as easy going as him. He will be missed.

Flossie Lund April 6, 2021

Joe was a good man and a funny character!! I was blessed to have known him and had him as a brother in law.

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