James Howard “Jim” Sutherlund, age 79 of Malvern died Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Hot Springs. He was born on April 10, 1935 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Folke Sutherlund and Minnie Erickson Sutherlund. Jim was a United States Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He was an officer with the Malvern Police Department from 1976 until 1993 during the mayoral administration of Bill Scrimshire. Jim served under three Chiefs of Police: Laney Phipps, Linden Davis, and Richard Taft. He was considered “Malvern’s Finest” by those who knew him, especially his family. A very well respected man who loved to tell good CLEAN jokes to make people laugh, he will surely be missed. After his retirement from the force, he worked as a security guard well into his seventies. A Christian in his later years, he was ready to meet his Savior! A doting father who loved his children, his wife says he wasn’t good at discipline because he didn’t want them to be upset with him. They definitely were not!
He is survived by his wife, Linda Robinson Fuesling Sutherlund, to whom he was married on April 11, 1975; by his children, Betty Sutherlund Benson of Missouri and Marty Sutherlund of California; Amber Fuesling Sims, Lora Fuesling Burton, Bryan Fuesling, an adopted son Robert Peoples; a brother-in-law, Walt Robinson (Mae), two sisters-in-law, Joy Wright (Delmus), and Lena McClung (Glenn); 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Jim was also preceded in death by a brother, Roy Sutherlund, and a sister, Betty Sutherlund Fritz.
His funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon, December 18, 2014 at two o’clock at the North Malvern Assembly of God Church with Brothers Keith Pennington and John Abbott officiating. Music will be provided by Brother Paul and Elaine Grigsby and Brother Roger and Donna Wall. A visitation at the church will precede the service, beginning at one o’clock. Interment will follow in Big Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, David Abbott, Colton Abbott, Jeremy Abbott, Adam Franklin, James Hansen, and Caleb Fuesling.
Honorary pallbearers are: Blaine Fuesling, Sophia Fuesling, and former fellow officers of the Malvern Police Department.
Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.