OBITUARY

Name:    Robert Jacob Sutton

From:  The Angola Herald, Angola, Indiana
Date:  Wednesday, December 20, 1950   

Robert J. Sutton, son of Roswell and Emma Jane Sutton, was born in Scott township, May 25, 1880, and departed this life December 17, 1950 at the age of 70 years, 6 months, and 23 days.  He attended the normal school at Tri-State College, after which he farmed for a short time. 

In his young manhood, he married Jennie M. Haley, who passed away August 9, 1940.  There survives from this union one daughter.  On August 16, 1941, he married Mrs. Pearle Spangle, who survives. 

About 1907, he joined the federal postal service, first as a substitute and city letter carrier, then as a rural carrier.  He pursued this career for 42 years, about 40 of which were spent on Angola Rural Route 3, and two years on Rural Route 2. He loved this work, and brought it to the full measure of loyalty and devotion, quitting only by compulsory retirement at the age of 70 years on May 31, 1950.  His friendly and courteous manner and willingness to go out out of his way to please, endeared him to the hearts of his patrons.  He was well-known as a respected citizen of the community, and was affectionately called "Uncle Bob" by scores of children and grown-ups alike. In his early years, he studied law in his spare time, and was admitted to practice law at the Indiana bar.  

He was a member of Angola Lodge No. 236, F. & A. M., and Eastern Star Chapter No. 78, and all York Rite bodies.  He was active in the Steuben County Rural Letter Carriers' Association, serving as president of that organization for two or three years.  He was a member of the Angola Christian Church, serving as deacon for the past eight years.  He was very popular in his capacity as receptionist, and his presence at the "head of the stairs" will be missed by all who knew him.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, Delevan and Orville.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearle Sutton; a daughter, Mrs. Burton Handy Jr., of Kansas City. Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Clarence Hanselman, of Angola; one granddaughter, and many nephews, nieces, and a host of friends.