Wayne Sutton

Paul Wayne Sutton, 69, of Leavenworth, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011, at St. John Hospital after a long battle with a chronic illness.

Wayne Sutton was born, Sept.13, 1941, in Piedmont, Mo., the son of William Paul and Minnie Lee (Scaggs) Sutton.

Wayne was a loving husband to Gladys Ann (Smith) they were married July 14, 1973. A proud father of four children, Mary Elizabeth (Shawn) Dixon, Debra Ann (Matt) Derleth both of St. Louis, Christopher Wayne Sutton and Michael William Sutton; a beloved grandfather to, Josh Derleth, Mandee Sutton, Dillard and Katlyn Sanberg. He is also survived by his sister, Shelby Wodarek; and his many nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and older sister, Sue Griggs.

After graduating from high school, Wayne joined the U.S. Army in May of 1961. He served two tours in Vietnam and Germany. Wayne was awarded the Bronze Star in Vietnam. He retired with 20 years of service. Following his military service he worked at Ft. Leavenworth for 24 years. After retirement from civil service, he and Gladys continued to live in Leavenworth.

He was an avid Dallas Cowboys football and Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan. Wayne enjoyed playing golf, bowling and fast pitch softball. He was the starting pitcher on several league championships. He coached numerous youth sports teams. Wayne was also active with the Boy Scouts. He was an avid motorcycle rider and muscle car enthusiast. In his teens, Wayne was a member of the Gospel Four Quartet. His sister Shelby was the pianist. The quartet sang Southern gospel. His parents took them to perform in various places in Illinois and Missouri, including the old Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis. They opened for some of the well-known gospel groups of that time such as the Statesmen and Blackwood Brothers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his name to the Annapolis Nazarene Church, Annapolis, MO., 63620