Sutto, Julius, Spaulding Township, Michigan

On June 11, 2010, after a brief illness, Julius Sutto, passed from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant. Age 94 years. Julius was born in Port Huron, Michigan on April 28, 1916. He moved to Saginaw County with his parents at an early age where he grew to manhood on the farm. He graduated from Clio High School and attended Flint Junior College. On May 18, 1935 he married Irene Gulas. She predeceased him October 25, 2004. He is survived by two sons, Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Sutto, New Orleans, LA; J. Donald Sutto and huis wife Barbara Saginaw, MI; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Ronald’s wife, Jean Ann, four sisters and two brothers have also predeceased him. Shortly after their marriage in 1936, Julius and Irene operated the German Village Restaurant and Night Club and later a neighborhood grocery store in Saginaw. However, the love of the land drew him back to the farm. In 1941 he purchased his first parcel of 20 acres in Spaulding Township where he continued to purchase adjacent land as it became available. While he retired from active participation in the farm in 1964, he remained involved in its operation. His commitment to public service began in 1946 when he was appointed Justice of the Peace in Spaulding Township. Two years later he was appointed Township Supervisor where he served for 16 years. During his tenure as supervisor a volunteer fire department, on which he served for 12 years, was organized and a new township hall was constructed. He was a charter member of the Michigan Township Association and served as President as well as Chairman of numerous committees of the Board of Directors. Upon his retirement he was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Association. While on the County Board of Supervisors for 16 years, he was elected chairman of the 55-member board. When the office of Controller was created in 1964, he was the unanimous choice to fill the new position. While serving as County controller he received nationwide recognition by being named in the 1967 edition of outstanding Civic Leaders of America and in the 1975 edition of Who’s Who in Government, both nationwide publications. In 1974, he was elected President of the State Association of County Administrative Officers. During his administration as Controller Saginaw County undertook the most extensive capital improvement program in it’s history with the construction of a Social Services building, a Juvenile Detention Center, a Child Receiving Home, a County Jail and Court House as will as the purchase of a new Health Department facility. After his retirement from county government in 1978, he became active in the United Way, serving 14 years on its Board of Directors. While on the board, he was the recipient of the Harry S. Lund Volunteer Award. Upon his retirement from the Board of Directors of the United Way, he was named Director Emeritus. He was a member of the Tri-County Council of the Navy League and served on its Board of Directors. He was a member of the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum. (In 1971 he was a guest of the Navy on the S.S. Saginaw LST in Norfolk, VA during its shake-down exercises) In 1971 he received a Presidential Citation for 20 years of Service on the Selective Service Appeal Board for the Eastern Federal Judicial District of Michigan. In 1960 he served on the Tri-County Committee that was successful in bringing about the creation of Delta College. He was an ordained Elder of Countryside Trinity Church. In addition to serving on various committees of the local church he served on numerous committees at the Presbytery level and on the finance committee at the Synod level. Funeral Services will take place at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Countryside Trinity Church, 4690 Weiss Road, Saginaw. Rev. Dr. Rhashell D. Hunter and Rev. Kenneth Parker will officiate with burial in Spaulding Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-9;00 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2010 and then at the Church from 10:00 a.m. Thursday until the time of the funeral service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Countryside Trinity Church Memorial Fund, Saginaw Rescue Mission or the United Way.