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He was born on November 26, 1946 in Basile, Louisiana and was raised by Eva Miller. After graduating from Westlake High School in Westlake, Louisiana he met Sandra Kay Minnameyer. The couple were united in marriage May 29, 1971 in Columbus, Ohio.
Jerry worked as an accountant with Swan Rubber Hose and Stillwater Medical Center. During this time, he was also a Real Estate Agent with Homes of America.
Following a move to Brooken Cove, OK he and his wife owned and operated Pete's Place General Store. After returning to Stillwater in 2003, he worked at Oklahoma State University Book Store and most recently at Walgreen's.
He was a champion for the Boy Scouts of America and served as Cub Master of Pack 44, and attended Leadership conferences at Woodbadge and Philmont Scout Reservation. He was presented the Silver Beaver Award for his years of service and dedication to Cub Scouting. Jerry was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Knights of Columbus and was instrumental in organizing the Stillwater Soccer Association, the Stillwater High School Parent Teacher's Association and Project Graduation for Stillwater High School.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Eva Miller and his wife, Sandra Sutherland.
He is survived by two sons, Edwin Earl Sutherland II and wife Jennifer Lynn; Eric Louis Sutherland and wife Amanda Annette; five grandchildren, Hayden and Oliver Sutherland, Kyndell, Drake, and Pacey Sutherland; one sister, Jane Bazinet of Deerfield Beach, Florida and cousin, Donald "Corky" Meek of Westlake, La.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Canterbury which was of special interest to Jerry and his wife, who loved providing meals for these young OSU students.
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