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 Ray Sutphen

Ray Sutphen

Birth
Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa, USA
Death 12 Feb 1989 (aged 99)
Villisca, Montgomery County, Iowa, USA
Burial Villisca, Montgomery County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 92767877 · View Source
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Funeral services for Ray Sutphen 99, Villisca, were held February 15, 1989, 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Villisca, with the Rev. Sandra Wainwright officiating. Burial was in the Villisca Cemetery, Villisca.
Ray Sutphen, son of Henry and Mary Schoefstahl Sutphen, was born June 17, 1889, at Fort Madison, Ia., and entered into rest February 13, 1989 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Villisca.
He attended school in Fort Madison, and worked his way across the United States with the Barnum and Bailey Circus to the great Northwest where he worked as a lumberjack. Ray returned to Fort Madison where he met and married Emma Oppenheimer on June 5, 1912. In 1985, Ray and Emma were privileged to celebrate 73 ears of marriage.
Ray worked in several hardware, furniture and undertaking establishments in Southwest Iowa, including Adair, Greenfield, Thayer, Creston, Fairfield and Leon where he worked with Frank SladeRay's interest in funeral service was peaked when he began driving a horse-driven hearse in Adair, and following a one year correspondence course from Hohenschuh-Carpenter in Des Moines, he began funeral service work in Adair.
They moved to Villisca in 1922 where he worked with Edward Fessler Furniture and Undertaking. Later Ray and Havey Eno bought the business and were in partnership for three years and in 1940 Ray bought the funeral business and moved to the present location of Sutphen_Beaty Funeral Home. His son, Paul, joined the family business in 1946 and Ray retired in 1959. Ray had been a funeral director for over 50 years and was also a 50 year Mason and Eastern Star member.
He was preceded in death by his wife Emma; a grandson Ray; a great-granddaughter Stephanie; three brothers, Arthur, Edward and Forest, and a sister, Cora Wagner.
Ray is survived by his sons, Paul and his wife Helen of Villisca, and Robert and his wife, Patricia of Natchez, Wa.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Louis Koch and Zelma Sutphen, both of Fort Madison.

Villisca Review: Feb. 16, 1989 Page 10



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 92767877
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Sutphen (17 Jun 1889–12 Feb 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92767877, citing Villisca Cemetery, Villisca, Montgomery County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Ozarkcheryl (contributor 47529375) .