0214 – SAGLE (ID) BRANCH / VAY (ID) BRANCH : Sutton, Ray K – Funeral Eulogy (2005)


by Wayne L. Gunter (2005)
file date: 2006-06-19

description of work:  The funeral eulogy for Ray Kenneth Sutton delivered Saturday, March 5, 2005 by High Priest Wayne Gunter.  Ray was a member of the Sagle (ID) Branch of the Community of Christ, at the time of his passing,  and served as the last pastor of the Vay (ID) Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints before it was disorganized and the church building sold.  tags:  Ray Kenneth Sutton, Ray Sutton, Wayne L. Gunter, obituaries, funeral eulogy, eulogies, Vay Idaho, Ed Sutton Sr., Julia Sutton, Sandy Twitchell, Scott Gammon, Carol Gilson, David Gilson, Dale Hartley, Edna Bossom, Sherry Kelley, Lawrence Kelley, Joe Sutton, Roy Sutton, Ed Sutton Jr., Craig Sutton

The words of Jesus:.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, who come unto me; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  And blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.  And blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.  And blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.” [Matthew 5].

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; …I go to prepare a place for you… And I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, you may be also.” [John 14:1-3].

You, who are Ray’s family, knew him far better than I, but the man who I got to know in the early 1960’s was a man who possessed these qualities of which Jesus spoke..

1)  He was poor in spirit.  That is, he was humble and meek.
2)  He was full of mercy; pure in heart and peaceable.
3) He possessed a gentle quietness of spirit, and was patient and cheerful.

If the words of Jesus are to be believed, then such a man

–  shall obtain mercy
–  shall inherit the kingdom of heaven
–  shall be called a child of God, and
–  shall see his Father face to face.

We have gathered here, in Seneacquoteen, to show our respect for this man whose life was lived out among us.  This grave is an earthly memorial to the man we knew, but let us all remember – now and in years to come – he is not here!  Ray has returned in spirit to the God who gave him life.  He is God’s son, and from God he will receive an eternal reward..

Through the prophet Moses, our Father in heaven has revealed that:.

“This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”.

The prophet Alma also made known that:.

“Now is the time, and the day of our salvation; therefore, if we shall repent and harden not our hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto us.  For behold, this life is the time for [all] persons to prepare to meet God.” [Alma 16:227-228].

Ray has completed the course.  By laying down this earthly body, he has been born unto eternal life..

Ray was the first son, and eldest child born to Ed and Julia Sutton – on April 30, 1924 – in Sperry, Oklahoma..

He passed from this life on March 2 2005, and would have been 81 years of age on his next birthday..

In 1934, the Sutton family moved to Missouri where they lived until 1940.  Their next move would be to the sunshine state of California..

While living in Oklahoma and Missouri, Ray attended school – completing 8 grades.  He went to work in California and helped his family make it through the depression years..

In 1943, Ray was drafted into the U.S. Army-Air Corp and served in England, France and Germany.  He was honorably discharged in 1946..

After the war, Ray returned home and drove a milk truck and drilled wells with his father and brothers.  But he was most proud of driving his own logging truck..

In December 1953, Ray was baptized by Sandy Twitchell, who is here today, and became a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He was ordained a priest in 1956.  After moving to north Idaho, Ray would become pastor of the Vay, ID branch of his church..

Ray never married, but he loved children – and always enjoyed his brothers and sisters and their children..

He continued living at the family home, on the banks of the Pend Oreille River, after the passing of his parents until 1983.  Fishing and searching for arrowheads were just a couple of his favorite memories..

Ray moved to Kootenai, ID in 1983, where he lived until poor health made it impossible for him to live alone..

He then moved to an apartment – made just for him – at the home of his sister, Carol Gilson, and her husband, David – in Sagle – where he lived until his death..

Ray appreciated spending time with his caregiver – Scott Gammon.  He also enjoyed visiting with friends that he made at Yokes, and watching “Jeopardy” and “The Wheel of Fortune” on television.  He would sometimes go for long rides in his power chair – taking his dogs along for the walk..

Ray is survived by one brother, Craig Sutton, who lives in Clark Fork, ID, and four (4) sisters:

– Dale Hartley of Ukiah, CA
– Edna Bossom of Ponderay, ID
– Carol Gilson of Sagle, ID
– Sherry Kelley who lives on Gold Creek Road north of Sandpoint, ID.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed, Sr., & Julia Sutton, and three (3) brothers – Joe,  Roy  &  Ed, Jr..

Ray was loved and respected by everyone who met him, and will be especially missed by his brother, sisters and their families..

And now we say goodbye to the man who was both family and friend to each of us.  Until we meet again in the kingdom of God, let us not forget the life of Ray Kenneth Sutton.  Let us pray..


Into your presence has lately come the spirit of our brother, Ray.  We thank you for the gift of his life among us, and for those qualities of his personality and his spirit that have enriched our lives.  We know that his reward of eternal life is assured..

Father, we also pray that your spirit of peace may flood over members of his family to comfort them at this time of separation.  If there are tears of sadness, may those tears be turned into tears of joy, realizing that in heaven – there is great rejoicing every time  a son returns unto his Father. May your children on earth find cause to rejoice with our brothers and sisters who dwell in heaven..

We pray that the glorious day of your return to earth may not be delayed long, that this period of separation may be short, and that all who die in Christ will be resurrected to new life and a perfect frame, in your own time..

To you, Father, may all glory be given.  In the name of your son, Jesus, we pray..


~ by saintshistorychannel on January 2, 2008.

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