Alton Sutter, the son of the late Alfred and Addie Rucker Sutter, was born in Puxico on Aug. 15, 1923 and died at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau on May 16, 2002, at the age of 78. Mr. Sutter had lived in Puxico most of his life and moved to Cape Girardeau in 1994. He was the owner and operator of the Puxico Mercantile for many years. Alton was a member and Deacon of the First Christian Church in Puxico, was a charter member and a past officer of the Puxico Rotary Club, the Masonic Lodge, had served as a Scoutmaster for Troop #370, was a charter member of the Puxico VFW Post #7822, was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II and had served on the Puxico Board of Alderman for two terms. On May 5, 1947 he was united in marriage to Carrie Ward, she survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Stephen A. Sutter of Puxico and Douglas W. Sutter of Erie, Pa.; and by one granddaughter. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Thomas Sutter on Dec. 16, 1986; and by two sisters, Isa Kleeman on Dec. 13, 1991 and Celeste Manees on May 7, 2002. Visitation will be held at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico after 4 p.m., Sunday, May 19 with a VFW service at 5 p.m. followed by Masonic services. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Watkins & Sons Funeral Chapel with Rev. Wesley Wright of Cape Girardeau and Rev. Wiley McGhee of Puxico officiating. Interment will follow at the Puxico Cemetery with full Military rites conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard of Butler County and Watkins & Sons Funeral Home of Puxico in charge of arrangements.