Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 12, 2014

Melvin Duane Sutfin

TRAVERSE CITY — Melvin Duane Sutfin, 75, of Traverse City, passed away Jan. 10, 2014, at Munson Medical Center. Melvin was born on April 25, 1938, to Eugene and Dortha (Maneval) Sutfin in Petoskey.

Melvin honorably served his country as a member of the United States Army.

On May 13, 1961, Melvin married Betty Hopper in Epsilon.

For 34 years Melvin was employed by the Lear Corporation, where he was a tool and die maker, machinist and repairman. Following his retirement in 2003 his family surprised him with a wonderful celebration.

In his spare time Melvin loved to sail. He also enjoyed listening to music and played several instruments including the harmonica and guitar. Melvin also liked to sing in the church choir.

He and Betty were devout members of the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church for many years.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty; their children, Randy (Cindy) Sutfin, of New Orleans, La., and Carol (Phillip) Popa, of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Joshua Sutfin, Brandon Sutfin and Allyson Popa; brother, LeRoy (Martha) Sutfin, of Petoskey; sister-in-law, Rose Sutfin; and several nieces and nephews. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carl.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home, from 3 until 8 p.m. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, with visitation held one hour prior. A luncheon will be held at Bayview Wesleyan Church following the service. Graveside services, where Melvin will receive full military honors, will take place in the spring at Curtiss Cemetery, east of Petoskey.

Memorial contributions in honor of Melvin may be directed to Traverse Bay United Methodist Church or Epsilon United Methodist Church.

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