Richard D. Sutton 1943-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs

KINSMAN – Richard Dennis Sutton, 79, died Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at Sharon Regional Hospital, with his family by his side.

He was born on January 24, 1943, the second of five children born to Grace Lavern Fisk and Malry McClung Sutton Sr.

He grew up in Kinsman, living in a two-bedroom house with all five children sharing one bedroom. A lifelong resident of Kinsman, Dick graduated in 1961 from Joseph Badger High School as part of the Consolidated First Class. Dick met his wife, Sharon, through his friend Gino Innocenzi, proposing after dating for 3 months; they married on June 16, 1973.

Dick was a hard worker. He started working at a young age and continued to be active long after his retirement. He barely skipped a beat when he was put on oxygen several years ago and carried his oxygen cylinder with him through fields and woods. In high school, he worked in running, at Bower and Taylor Resurfacing. In the late 1960s he worked at Donnie Davis Lumber, traveling from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, east to Pennsylvania and west to Chardon. Dick knew a lot about trees and walked around the woods, pointing out each species and commenting on the health of the woods. From 1973 to 1983, he worked for General Motors Packard Division, both as a technician and a supervisor.

For 29 years Dick worked for the Township of Kinsman. He worked 14 years as Assistant Roads Supervisor and 15 years as Roads Supervisor, retiring in 2006. He was incredibly proud of the work he did around Kinsman. He has been involved in many projects and some of his favorite accomplishments include building the township park, paving many dirt roads, and working with the summer youth program. Dick was proud that when he retired there were no more dirt roads in Kinsman. He liked the township to be tidy and treated with respect. For several years he maintained the cemetery at the corner of Church Street and State Road and he especially wanted it to be beautiful and treated with respect.

After his retirement, he enjoyed helping the farmers of Heritage Hill by filling in necessary boxes or traveling the country roads to provide reports on the progress of the crops.

Dick grew up with ponies, dogs, cats, chickens and beef cows. He told stories of being chased by a rooster on his way to the outhouse and of a collie named Laddie, who saved his brother Mal when he crawled too close to the road. Dick continued to have dogs and cats throughout his life. He loved to hunt with his dog, Sadie. More recently, he had a large, protective German Shepherd, named Sullivan. For hours he would play ball and throw a stick at Sully.

As a child, family hobbies included ranching 4-H beef, racing fast cars on drag strips like Sunset and Howland, and making maple syrup. Dick started making syrup on the farm at a young age, helping his grandfather, who started making syrup in the 1930s. His family later boiled it on a flat pot that held about 10 gallons and they strained the syrup with heated cream to skim off the particles. Dick, with the help of his brothers, continued to turn his maple syrup hobby into a passion for all things maple. Many young men in the community also worked with Dick to produce the syrup and the sugar shack was a very busy place for many years. In the early 1970s he owned two 6 x 20 evaporators and was one of the largest producers in the state. Dick passed on his passion for maple to his children and grandchildren and for many years three generations worked together to make high quality syrup with the most modern equipment. A modern piece of equipment was a reverse osmosis (RO), the machine that Dick said was the greatest invention of all time. He said it was a “a great invention” and made his life easier – what took 20 hours took only two with reverse osmosis!

Growing up, his family had a large garden and Dick continued to garden throughout his life. He also had a great love for landscaping and growing flowers. When his body wouldn’t let him, he ordered his granddaughters, Analyze and Sophia, and his nephew, Logan, to do what he couldn’t. Dick was a jack of all trades. He could do anything and he had the tools or the equipment to fix anything. If, at the slightest chance, he didn’t have what he needed, he knew who to ask or where to go to get it.

Dick loved his children and grandchildren. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with them and never turned down a chance to bring his granddaughters to their activities, be it lessons, school, sports or loading a horse trailer. .

His childhood friends were George Rosner, Charlie Fenn and Bliss Gilmore. His closest friends over the years have been Carlon Hine and Charlie McGill.

Dick was welcomed into heaven by his parents; one sister, Lynn E. Grover; two brothers, Rollie Dean Sutton and Malry M. Sutton Jr.; mother and stepfather, Martha and Arlie Smyth; and friend, Hugh Baumgardner.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sharon of Kinsman; two children, Jerad R. (Amy) Sutton and J. Nicole (Jeffrey) Phillips, both of Gustavus; his brother, Thomas J. Sutton of Brookfield; two granddaughters, Analyze and Sophia Sutton and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like you to plant a maple tree in honor of Dick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Trumbull County Community Foundation, PO Box 31, Kinsman, OH 44428. No public service will be held.

Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Services of Kinsman handled the arrangements. Share a fond memory or condolences at www.baumgardnerfuneral

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