Gifford G. Sutherland

April 1, 1936 - Oct. 21, 2011

Gifford G. Sutherland of Waukesha died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at his home at the age of 75. He was born in Cumberland on April 1, 1936, the son of Clarence and Dorothy (nee Lewis) Sutherland.

He was a 1954 graduate of Cumberland High School and then followed his parents to Waukesha. On March 2, 1957, he married Joyce Rohde from Shell Lake in Cumberland. He was employed by Iron Range in Minnesota, Speeds, Dick’s Appliance, Ulness Appliance in Pewaukee and then Sears of Waukesha, where he worked for 25 years. Gifford was a longtime member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher. He loved to travel and enjoyed camping, canoeing, hunting, fishing and being outdoors, and in his later years traveling with his mobile home and telling many jokes. He was an avid bowler and loved country music and dancing with his wife. Gifford was known for his wonderful sense of humor and could fix almost anything. He had four children who loved him very much.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Joyce of Waukesha; their children, Juliann (Aaron) Kjenaas of Park Rapids, Minn., Wendy (Richard) Clark of Waukesha, Debora Sutherland of Eagle and Michael Sutherland of Los Angeles, Calif.; and granddaughter, Emily Rose Kjenaas. He is further survived by his sister, Joyce Swanson of Fridley, Minn.; sister-in-law, Lois Meyers; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many fun-loving friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Alex Clark; brother, Marvin; sister, Delores (Don) Mork; brother-in-law, Anthony Swanson; his father; and his mother and step-father, Curtis George.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1052 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Larry Gates will preside. Graveside services will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Kitchen Fund (address above).

For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.