HUGH SAUTTER

Hugh Frank Sautter, longtime resident of Perrysburg, died on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at his home in Lake Wylie, South Carolina. He was 97. Mr. Sautter was born on October 26, 1920, in Bowling Green, Ohio, the son of Hugh Floyd and Helen Hughes Sautter. He graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1938 and attended Bowling Green State University before joining the United States Army in 1942. During World War II Mr. Sautter served in the 76th Infantry Division and the Army Medical Administrative Corps. Soon after graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1945, he was transferred to the Army Air Corps where he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After the war in 1946, he was put on reserve status with the Air Corps. In 1947, he graduated from the Medical Field Service School Officers Course at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Sautter remained on reserve status until 1957, when he was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force Reserve. Hugh Sautter spent most of his working career with the Sun Oil Company, Toledo Refinery, Oregon, Ohio. He was a machinist before becoming a foreman in the metals division. He moved into a management role in the maintenance planning department and was on the team that began the use of computers to plan the running of the refinery. He remained in planning until his retirement in 1981. He married Eileen G. Freimark of Martin, Ohio, on January 21, 1948. They resided in Toledo until 1953 when they moved to a house Hugh’s father built on Locust Street in Perrysburg. Hugh and Eileen Sautter were married for nearly 61 years until Eileen’s death on January 14, 2009. After her death, Hugh moved to Martinsville, Virginia, to live with his daughter and her husband. In April 2017 he relocated to Lake Wylie Assisted Living near his son’s family.Mr. Sautter is survived by a sister, BerthaJean Hedges of Perrysburg. He also is survived by a daughter, Diane S. Adkins, and son-in-law, Dr. David Adkins, of Stephens City, Virginia; a son, Terry G. Sautter, and daughter-in-law, Kelly Sautter of Lake Wylie; five grandchildren: Rev.Kristin (Sandy) Whitesides of Stephens City, Virginia, Katie (Shamus) Brennan of Washington, D.C., Andrew Sautter, Brian Sautter and Michael Sautter, all of Lake Wylie, and two great-grandsons, Isaac Whitesides and Samuel Whitesides. Mr. Sautter was a faithful member of Zoar Lutheran Church, Perrysburg for many years. While he resided in Martinsville, he attended Starling Avenue Baptist Church where his son-in-law was the pastor. He belonged to the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Zoo and was active in the Sun Retirees organization. He enjoyed attending Detroit Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens games. He was very interested in automobiles, engines, and motors and in his retirement years traveled around the Midwest to attend gas engine shows. He was an early adopter of home computing. Hugh didn’t like to sit still and was an avid daily walker well into his 90s. He enjoyed making new friends wherever he went. A celebration of the life of Hugh Sautter will be held at Zoar Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 3, at 11 a.m. Visitation begins an hour before the service at the church. The family asks that memorials be made to Luther Home of Mercy Foundation, P.O. Box 187, Williston, OH 43468; Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 East Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg, OH 43551, or Starling Avenue Baptist Church Community Meals Fund, 932 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112.

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