Date of Death:  March 21, 2023

Service Details

Visitation will be held Friday, March 24, 2023 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, with a celebration of life beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Derl Keefer officiating. He will be laid to rest in Brick Chapel Cemetery in Greencastle, Ind.

Obituary Notice

Richard Dale Sutherlin Jr., 71, of Three Rivers, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born February 13, 1952 in Greencastle, Ind., the son of Richard Sutherlin Sr. and Evelyn Cornelia (McBride) Sutherlin.

Rick worked as a dispatcher for P&P Transportation.

He loved his grandchildren and the Kansas City Royals, and enjoyed traveling to baseball stadiums.

Rick coached Little League and was involved with the Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge #24 in Three Rivers, Three Rivers Band Boosters, the Three Rivers Community Players, and Phil Gamma Delta. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife, Mercy Balogo Sutherlin; son, Richard (Erica) Sutherlin III of Three Rivers; daughter, Katarina Sutherlin of Three Rivers; grandchildren, Mackenzia Sutherlin, Helene Elise Sutherlin, Ricky Sutherlin IV, Caleb Johnson, Ezekiel Dunifin, Julian Sutherlin, and Noah Dunifin; sister, Linda “Beth” Woodard.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Ellis.

Additional Information

Donations in Rick’s memory may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. A wonderful man, my son Gabe and I thought the world of Rick. He always had encouraging words to say. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for all the family. Annette Curtis and Gabe Fuller

  2. We’re very sad to hear that Rick passed away, we met Rick and Mercy at a Filipino American Alliance get together about 20 years ago. Such beautiful people and memories over the years, Rick would always say grace before we ate at some of our events. We will miss him a lot and he had the love of God in his heart, Rick and Mercy loved their family and spent as much time as possible with their grandchildren. I knew Rick when he worked at P & P transportation since I work at metal technologies in Three Rivers and he was responsible for getting our deliveries to the foundry on time. God bless Sutherlin family we love you!

  3. So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. My dad and I enjoyed seeing him and talking sports and especially Baseball with him when he came in to the shop in all of its locations. I appreciate him coming to see me when I was in the hospital last summer. Sending condolences to his family. Rest in peace our friend Rick, you are in a better place now.

    Scott Irwin
    Dennis Irwin

  4. Uncle Rick I don’t think you realize what an impact you had on everyone. You will be missed!! I love you to the moon and back. The General will look out for everyone and of course take charge when needed!! Your politically correct Niece

  5. We’re so sorry to hear this news. Rick was such a good man. Always had a smile and warm greeting. He’ll be missed, but heaven is a bit brighter.

    John and Barb Kroggel

  6. We are sending our prayers & deepest sympathy. Rick was an amazing husband, father & grandfather. He will be greatly missed! May God hold you in his arms & give you comfort. Love Mel & LeRoy Muffley

    • God knows a good man when he sees one. Obviously he needs Rick to do the wonderful things in heaven that he did so well on earth. And we know he will. Just as he was the terrific Shepherd of his flock of children and grandchildren here on earth we can already see him shepherding others in heaven. Thanks Rick for sharing all of yourself with so many. Rest in peace.

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