Robert Bruce Suiter Sr., 92, rural Benton County and most recently of Cumberland Pointe Health Campus, passed into the arms of Our Lord Jesus on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Cass County to the late Charles and Susie Kathryn (Hook) Suiter. He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Burris, on May 2, 1946. She preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2015.
Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army during his senior year at Adams Twp. High School (Carroll County) and entered into active service on Dec. 6, 1943. Bob was part of the second wave of the Normandy invasion, a member of the 79th Infantry and a staff sergeant and machine gunner. He was in the campaigns of Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe, including France, Germany, Holland and Czechoslovakia. His military service medals included two Purple Hearts, an EAME Theater ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.
Upon discharge, he returned home to Cass County in March 1946, where he and his wife began farming. In 1957, he also farmed in Benton County until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the Raub United Methodist Church.
Bob enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially fishing. He often went to Minnesota and Canada on fishing trips with friends and family. During retirement, Bob and Margaret spent their winters in Parker, Arizona, McAllen, Texas, and Kingsville, Texas. Bob learned to fly and received his private pilot's license in 1971. He flew his own planes until 1996.
Bob and his wife were dedicated to their family, including daughters, Joyce (Mike) Lantz, Kokomo, and Linda (Gregg) Sutter, Lafayette; sons, the late Bob Jr. (JoAnn), and Tom (Patty), Earl Park; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Raub United Methodist Church. Interment will be at the Earl Park Cemetery.
The family will have visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Bob's life may be made to the Raub United Methodist Church.
Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Published on July 14, 2017