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Leon "Pete" Dell Sutherland

June 16, 1938 ~ April 24, 2020 (age 81)


Leon Dell “Pete” Sutherland, 81, of Woodland, passed away on April 24, 2020 at the Blodgett Campus of Spectrum Health. 

He was born on June 16, 1938 to Merle and Velma (Schlappi) Sutherland in Lake Odessa, MI.   On May 9, 1959 he married Gloria Neeb and she survives.  Leon proudly served his country in the Army as a Radio Operator in Korea. For twenty years he faithfully ran the Honor Guard for Jackson Muchler Post 4461. He worked for GM in the Skilled Trades until his retirement.  Leon was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer.  Leon will be remembered for his patriotism and his good nature.  He absolutely enjoyed doing random acts of kindness including buying cookies for children and giving money for a newborn’s piggy bank.  Leon would see a need and find a way to fill it, expecting nothing in return.

Leon is survived by his loving spouse Gloria, Daughter, Shelly (Jeff) Dickinson; Son, Leon (Danielle) Sutherland; grandchildren: Amy, Adam (Liz), Ryan (Hayley), Caleb (Brandi), Abby (David), Jason, Marcus and Megan, 5 great grandchildren, siblings: Scotty Keusch and John (Linda) Sutherland.

He was preceded in death by: Daughter, Lori Lee Sutherland, Father, Merle Sutherland, Sr., Mother, Velma Myrtle Sutherland, siblings Merle Sutherland Jr, Milo Sutherland and Alma Kruger

 A private burial will take place in the Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery, with a public celebration of Leon’s life to take place later.


Memorials are suggested to the VFW Jackson Muchler Post 4461 or the Nashville Baptist Church. Online condolences can be given at

John 10: 27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.

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