Paul Leo Sutton


(July 26, 2006)

Funeral services for Paul Leo Sutton, 80, who died Wednesday, July 26 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell, were conducted Friday, July 28 at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell.

He was born in Guernsey May 17, 1926, to Olive and Leo Sutton. He liked to recall that when he was 8, his family moved from Casper to Shoshoni by covered wagon.

He graduated from high school in Lander in 1944 and then served in the United States Army for two years. After military service, he enrolled at the University of Wyoming, graduating with a B.A. degree in business in 1951.

He worked at the Great Western Sugar Company in Lovell as a bookkeeper for 19 years. He moved to Cheyenne in 1971 and worked as a bank auditor for the state. A year later, he accepted a position as business manger for the school district in Riverton. In 1973, he went to work for Texaco in Casper. He retired in 1983 and returned to Lovell.

He married Jeanne Benton in 1944. They had three children, Sharon Lee, Thomas Luther and James Lynn. They divorced in 1954. He then married Ruth Lenore Webb, and they had two children, Douglas L. and Barry Lane.

Paul enjoyed his family, working on the farm at Lovell, fishing and boating on the North Fork of the Shoshone River and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ruth; his daughter, Sharon Osborn and husband Jerry of Buffalo; two sons, Tom Sutton and wife Becky of Missoula, Mont., and Doug Sutton and his wife Mary of Casper; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers Connie Sutton and wife Marianne of Powell, Lawrence Sutton and wife Maxine of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ira Sutton of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and sister Eleanor Connolly of Moore, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, James and Barry.

Memorials may be sent to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, 1732 S. 72nd Street West, Billings, MT 59106.