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Richard Lenn Sutterfield

Rich passed away at his home in Otsego, Michigan Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  He was born May 27, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, son of Lenn and Judy (Wilson) Sutterfield.  He graduated from Wyoming Park High School and earned his B.A. of Finance at Michigan State University.  Rich was a Branch Examiner for LPL Financial Services.  He was a loving husband and father.  He championed and was endlessly devoted to his sons, Matt and Clint, and was known by friends and family for his charm, humor and quick wit.  Richard was, is, and forever will be remembered as a fan of all things Michigan State.  He was an avid “Sparty” fan.

Survivors include his wife, Tracey; sons, Richard “Matt” Sutterfield and Clinton Sutterfield of Otsego; stepchildren, Morgan Wilson of Troy, Michigan and Taylor Kern of Orlando, Florida; stepfather John Perham of Manchester, TN, stepmother Nancy Sutterfield of Sanford, Michigan, stepbrothers, Rod Miller of Sanford and Mitch Miller of Poulsbo, WA, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his beloved dog Olive.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Judy Perham and father Lenn Sutterfield, grandparents Richard and Dorothy Wilson and Homer and Lillie Sutterfield.

Services celebrating the life of Rich Sutterfield will be held at a later date .

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rich may be made for suicide prevention to Gryphon Place, 3245 South 8th Street, Kalamazoo, MI  49009 or to the Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance, P.O. Box 124, Douglas, MI 49406.

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Frank Coffenberry

August 13, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Words can’t sufficiently express how devastated we are to have learned the sad news. I hope you know that all of you are in our thoughts. Everyone who worked with Rich loved being around him because he created a comfortable and fun environment everywhere he went. His sense of humor was always appreciated. Everyone here at work who knew him knew that he loved his family more than anything else. You will remain in my thoughts daily and those of us who were lucky enough to work with him will never forget him and the positive impact he made in our lives.


Carol Chaney

August 14, 2020 at 9:33 am

Well said for all of us who worked with him on our Branch Exams Team. Our deepest condolences to your family.


Mercedes Tafao

August 14, 2020 at 10:48 am

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care.


Tom & Deb Smalla

August 13, 2020 at 2:36 pm

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs,


Judy Stull

August 13, 2020 at 5:04 pm

Tracy, Matt snd Clint,

I am so sorry for your loss

My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Roxanne Pedersen (Streeter)

August 13, 2020 at 5:26 pm

My prayers to you and your families. So very sorry for your loss.



August 13, 2020 at 6:49 pm

I am so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you



August 13, 2020 at 7:49 pm

Rich, you were were a great friend and a source of constant comedy. Rest In Peace my friend.


Sharron Smith

August 13, 2020 at 7:51 pm

Tracey, words cannot express my sorrow for you in reading this. I am sending love and hugs for you and your family. God bless each and every one of you as He welcomes Richard into his loving arms. Peace. Sharron



August 13, 2020 at 8:03 pm

Tracey words can not express my sadness for your loss of Richard.. You are an amazing women and will get thru this with all your strength and grace. You are in my thoughts and prayers my friend…


Steve Lick and Tammy Brown

August 13, 2020 at 8:40 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Rich was a great neighbor. Our thought and prayers are with you.


Fran Seebeck

August 13, 2020 at 9:58 pm

Tracey, Our collective hearts are so sorry for your loss. You are very special to us & we are sending our love, sympathy & prayers. May our loving God hold your hand & your heart as you work through your hurt & sorrow. We Love You. & pray for you & your entire family❣️


Chaya Stoughton

August 13, 2020 at 10:52 pm

Tracey, Matt, Clint and Lisa,

I am so sorry to hear about Cousin Rich. My heart is heavy for you all as he was such a sweet, funny person to have close to you. He couldn’t have been prouder of Matt and Clint and all you have done so far. Praying for strength and hope for you all.

Love, Scott, Chaya (Moore) Stoughton

Sara and Ryan


Greg Jacobs

August 14, 2020 at 8:09 am

I am so saddened to hear of Rich’s passing. I had the opportunity to work on the same team with Rich for a year, and spent 4 days with him in Minneapolis last year on business. Rich was a good man, and I offer my condolences to his family and friends, as I lift you up in prayer during this time of grief.


Louis Kelley

August 14, 2020 at 8:15 am

My deepest sympathy is with you at this time. I know words cannot comfort you. Surround yourself with the love of your family and the fond memories you shared with Rich. I will pray for your comfort.


Tim and Marcia Quigley

August 14, 2020 at 9:33 am

Tracey and Family,

Tim and I are sending our love and prayers to you!


Pat Wilson

August 14, 2020 at 10:17 am

My heartfelt condolences and sympathies at hearing the sad news of your loss of Rich. My prayers for you all is that God grants you comfort and strength now and in the days ahead to sustain you. Remembering the happy and fun times will also sustain you. May Rich rest in peace in the arms of our heavenly Father.


Lori Marion

August 14, 2020 at 11:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. It was a pleasure working with Rich over the past couple of years. Even though he was a Sparty, I will miss our friendly rivalry. May you find comfort in the memories you shared.


Chelsey David

August 14, 2020 at 11:22 am

My prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I had the privilege of mentoring Rich while he was new to LPL! We went on a few Branch Exam trips together and during those times he always spoke of his love for his family! His face lit up when talking about his beautiful wife! Rest peacefully, Rich.


Janet and Greg Shawaryn

August 14, 2020 at 1:08 pm

I am so sorry. We knew Rich back when the boys played soccer. He always had a big smile as he watched. He was so proud of his boys. We’ll be thinking of you all and praying for you.


Ron and Linda Moore

August 14, 2020 at 8:38 pm

We were so sorry to hear about Rich.

Our love goes out to Tracey, Clint, Matt and Lisa and all family and friends that loved him. We wish you peace and strength.


Carol Brill

August 14, 2020 at 11:21 pm

Tracey, Matt, Clint and Lisa,

I’m so sorry.

Rich loved all of you, but Matt and Clint were his pride and joy. He didn’t miss many of the boy’s games. Hot pool auditoriums, rainy baseball diamonds, freezing football stadiums, or sleeting soccer fields… Rich was there watching Matt and Clint.

Vacations!!! Rich was there too. He took the boys from Myrtle Beach to the Florida Keys…enjoying every minute of each trip.

Many fun memories will comfort breaking hearts for all of us.

Stay Strong.

God is holding all of you.


Amy Hebler

August 15, 2020 at 8:16 am

I am so sorry to hear this. I worked with Rich when he lived in Minnesota. I know how much he loved his family and I can’t imagine how you are feeling. I absolutely loved his sense of humor and I will miss his FB posts and comments…and our Words With Friends games! My heartfelt condolences to you all.


Patti Brown

August 15, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Lisa, Matt and Clint, I am so very sorry to hear about Rich. He loved his sons and was exceedingly proud of them through soccer and their scholastics. No words can take away your loss, but please know Collin and I are sending you our love and prayers.


Cindy Jubenville

August 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Matt & Clint,

You are so young to lose your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. There are no words to convey what is in my heart and to adequately ease your suffering. Please reach out if you need anything. Love you both!



Kyla Johnson

August 17, 2020 at 2:13 pm

Your family is heavy on my mind.


Diahn lehmkuhl

August 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Tracy, Lisa and those wonderful sons rich was soooo very proud of. The last time we saw the boys was at Judy’s memorial. At times like this it is difficult to put into words the pain and sorrow you are feeling. We hope you have such wonderful memories to help you find some peace with our Lords help. Sending warm , thoughtful thoughts of you all, coming from Arizona. With love to you all. Diahn and Jack Moore Lehmkuhl ❤️


Jerry Miller

August 17, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Please accept our prayers for comfort and wisdom during this difficult time


Richard Anderson

August 17, 2020 at 10:49 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Jarrid Brill

August 18, 2020 at 5:55 am

So sorry about the loss of Rich. He will be missed.


Bonnie Reed

August 20, 2020 at 2:16 pm

So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by his LPL friends, our deepest condolences go out to his dear family.


Joyce Alexander

August 20, 2020 at 5:16 pm

I was so saddened to hear about Rich. He was such a wonderful person with a great sense of humor! He will be missed. My prayers are with Rich’s family.


Pam Mule`

August 21, 2020 at 12:01 am

Sending my sincerest condolences and prayers for healing. I pray that you find peace in the loving memories you shared with Rich. Rich’s LPL family will miss him dearly.


GIna Schiming

August 23, 2020 at 3:32 pm

Tracey we are thinking of you, your family and friends during this tough time. We have made a donation to Gryphon Place, what a great organization. Love you, Scott, Gina, Zach and Kayla Schiming


Phyllis Knoop

August 24, 2020 at 9:34 pm

Tracy, Matt, Clint and Lisa

We were so saddened by the call from John that cousin Judy’s son Rich had passed away. We last saw all of the family at Judy’s memorial. Know that Rich is now at peace with Our Heavenly Father. Time will replace the pain of sorrow with the warmth of fond memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mart and Phyllis Knoop


Becky Monnier

October 9, 2020 at 8:27 pm

I am so sorry to just now be hearing about Richard. My deepest sympathy to Matt & Clint as no child needs to lose their parent. He always talked highly of you both. I met Rich after his divorce with Lisa & have been friends since. I was in contact up until or about his final days guessing. He was always a funny guy with bad knees that I teased him about. He was always there when you needed him. I never thought I would find this. May you Rest In Peace now.


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