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Donald J. Sutherland dies at age 84

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Donald J. Sutherland, age 84 of Portage, Ind., formerly of Chesterton, Ind., passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, in Portage, Ind.

He was born March 8, 1929 in Chesterton, Ind., to Kenneth and Gladys (Bancroft) Sutherland.

He was married on November 16, 1962 in Miller, Ind., to Phyllis (Hyde) Sutherland.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Donald is survived by his children, Tammy (Pat) Niesen of Woodridge, Ill., Brian (Michele) Sutherland of Valparaiso, Ind., and Brenda (Scott) Fleming of Portage, Ind., and Terry (Stan) Kilarski of Two Creeks, Wis.; grandchildren, Chris and Katie Niesen, Brendan Sutherland and Kristy, Stanley and Marcus Kilarski. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Donald retired in 1987 from US Steel as a pipefitter after 39 years of service. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1949. He coached and volunteered his time for Portage Little League. He enjoyed home projects, remodeling and attending his grandchildren’s activities.

There will be no services. Arrangements are being handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind.

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Posted 10/15/2013