The Duncan Banner
Billy “Bill” Gene Suttle, 87, of Duncan, passed away on Sunday morning, March 23, 2014, at Duncan Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at First Baptist Church in Duncan with the Rev. Dick Greenwood officiating. Burial will follow at Duncan Cemetery under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the funeral home.
Bill was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Antlers, to Lonnie “L.T.” Tempest Suttle and Bessie Hughes Suttle. He graduated from Antlers High School in 1944, and was drafted into the Army in July of 1944. During his time in the military, he attained the rank of corporal while working in various army field hospitals in the United States.
After being discharged in December, 1946 he attended the University of Oklahoma receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in the summer of 1950. At OU, he was a member of The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, playing the saxophone, and a member of the RUF/NEKs.
He taught school at Rattan for three years before coming to Duncan in 1954. In 1955, he received from OU a Master of Education in Secondary Education.
He taught ninth grade general science for 16 years before becoming the assistant principal at Duncan High School for six years. One of his many adventures was to travel to the Kennedy Space Center to witness the launch of Apollo 13 and the Saturn V rocket.
After teaching, he went to the Duncan Junior High School as principal and later became the director of maintenance and purchasing for the Duncan Public Schools for several years before retiring in July of 1985, after 36 years of service in the school system.
After retiring, he traveled with his wife and friends. Bill enjoyed being outdoors. He raised Angus cattle and gardened as a hobby.
While living in Duncan, Bill and his wife were members of the First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Bill enjoyed singing bass in a quartet that performed at church functions. In his youth he played the piano on his baby grand piano that was destroyed in a tornado while he was a student at OU.
He was also a member of the Rotary Club. One of the things he enjoyed during his later years was going for drives. He especially enjoyed driving past the new youth shelter because he was so happy to have helped by donating the property on which it was built.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lorene Suttle of the home; his son, Mark Suttle and his wife Loretta of Duncan; his daughter, Sharon Moffatt and her husband Jerry of Duncan; his grandchildren: Joshua Suttle, Joseph Suttle, Jonathon Suttle, Samuel Moffatt and Jackson Moffatt; and his great-grandchildren: J. Brody Suttle, Grace Suttle and Imogen Suttle.
Pallbearers will by Joshua Suttle, Joseph Suttle, Jonathon Suttle, Samuel Moffatt, Jackson Moffatt and Don Couch.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Sterling House for the kind care they gave to Mr. Suttle the five months he lived there and to the nurses of Duncan Regional Hospital for the care they gave to him.
Online condolences may be made at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.