James Hugh Sutherland, 88, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada on June 10, 1933, to Joseph and Elna (Robertson) Sutherland. He attended a one room school in McDonald, Manitoba and was a life long learner. Jim’s many jobs included helping with the animals on the family farm, working with neighboring farmers, doing crew work for the initial survey for the Trans-Canada Highway east of Portage, hauling ice and water, and buying and selling trucks, tractors, and anything with an engine. On April 4, 1959, he was united in marriage to his soulmate, Joyce Ellwood and the partnership began. Jim went on to work for InterCity Gas and the family was transferred to Cloquet, MN. Jim and Joyce moved to Red Wing in 1979, where they owned and operated the Sterling Motel. Travel was a big part of their lives, wintering in Florida with their fifth wheel and rentals for more than 20 years. They were always open to adventures. Jim was a member of the Red Wing Collectors Society, a past member of the Golden K’s, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was a good friend to all. He loved his family dearly and took great pride in his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He most recently enjoyed car rides through town, down around the river, and through the countryside looking for eagles, swans and pelicans.
The family wishes to recognize the many health care providers of Mayo Clinic, Red Wing Hospital, St. Crispin’s, the Red Wing First Responders and the those at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Joyce. He is survived by daughter, Mary Jane (Monty) Lundberg; two sons, James Sutherland, Jeff (Lynn) Sutherland; six grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) Lisson, Cameron Lundberg, Emily (Brandon) Goetsch, Scott (Rachel Dickson) Haffley, Maddie Sutherland and Ella Sutherland; four great grandchildren, Ada, Monroe, Piper, and Griff; brother, Donald Sutherland; sister-in-law, Gwendda (Lawrence) Harrison and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel with Debby Bradley officiating. Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Shriners Hospitals for Children or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com
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