Floyd was born to Grace (Reed) and Allen Sutter on Feb. 25, 1943 in Minneapolis. He was the youngest of four children – others being Rodney, Beverly and Robert.
Floyd attended school in Brooklyn Center, Minn., and High School at Minneapolis North. In his early years, he worked (and was fired many times) for his father at a gas station. It was there that he probably fell in love with cars, but his first love was Donna (Gallup). They were united in marriage Jan. 10, 1962.
Floyd joined the United States Army in 1960. He was stationed in Germany before being honorably discharged in 1963. Floyd and Donna settled in North Minneapolis. Their daughter Michelle was born to them in 1963. Rebecca was welcomed into the world in 1968. With business aspirations, they moved to Minnetonka, Minn., where Floyd, Jr. was born in 1972. In 1977, the family moved to their present home in Braham, Minn.
Family trips were important to Floyd, and their travels stretched from the west to east coast of the country as well as through the south. History lessons from Floyd on each trip were always free of charge. No two trips were ever alike. The excitement of site-seeing and running out of gas, (at the most inopportune time), were always in order. As the children grew and began life on their own, Floyd and Donna searched for vacation spots to enjoy each winter. Marco Island, Florida became that paradise. Always looking to mix business and pleasure, they purchased a few homes and began doing vacation rentals. Floyd handled the advertising and business end of it and Donna complimented his efforts with her artistic touches to the homes. Many memories with family and friends visiting them in Marco Island will be forever cherished.
Floyd had many interests and his entrepreneurial ventures bore that out. He obtained a radio operator license and even published and held a patent or two. He bought an airplane and obtained a private pilot’s license (because he didn’t trust flying with someone else in control). He was a carpenter with Palmer Construction, owned a gas station in Minnetonka and a marina and boat repair business. He owned an auction house in Brunswick, then in Braham and Cambridge. He owned discount stores in Cambridge, Braham, Pine City, and Big Lake, Minn. His clear passion, however, was cars. He owned many collectible vehicles throughout his life. He owned several car sales lots, first on Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, then Brunswick, Braham and Cambridge, Minn. The car sales venture was a family affair. The kids helped by washing and detailing cars and driving cars from the auction lot to the car lots. Some family misadventures occurred when the cars the kids were driving broke down along the way and when Donna could not remember what vehicle she had driven to the market on any given day.
Putting all the business ventures and life interests aside, as well as his accomplishments and failings, Floyd had a heart for God that would not be shaken. He was always eager to speak his beliefs – no surprise there – and his love of Christ was always apparent to those that were privileged to be close to him.
Floyd Allen Sutter was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Allen, his brother, Rodney and sister, Beverly. He is survived by his devoted wife, Donna, and his loving children, son; Floyd Sutter, Jr. of Cambridge, daughters; Rebecca (Warren) Trygestad of Madison, MN, and Michelle (Randy) Plageman of Braham, brother; Robert (Joyce) Sutter of Braham, grandchildren; Annika, Grant, and Blake Trygestad, Croix and Matthew Plageman, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and other family and friends also survive.
A Memorial Service was held Thursday, January 6, 2012 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope officiating. Music was provided by Pam Theline, Ross Benzen, and the PS 150 Gospel Bluegrass band. Inurnment was in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery with Military Honors by the Cambridge American Legion Post #290. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.