CHEYENNE, WYO. — Richard Gene "Dick" Sutherlund, 72, Master Sergeant USAF (ret.) of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away on Dec. 20 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz.

Dick was born April 19, 1944, in Reed City, a son of the late Roy and Viola (Mervyn) Sutherlund. He married Beverly H. Cram on May 2, 1965. He graduated from Reed City High School in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1963, serving honorably for 20 years until his retirement in April 1983. He then worked for (Rockwell) Boeing International and retired from this position in April 2007.

Dick is survived by his wife, Beverly Sutherlund; two children, Dawn (Ron) Williams and Steve Sutherlund; grandchildren, Elisha (Adam) Jenkins, Erin Williams, Ryan Williams, Brian Muller, Shane Roush, Brandon (Kasie) Sheridan, Brady (Laura) Sheridan, Sara (Travis) Jett and Tyler Lewis; several great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Sutherlund, of Big Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, David Sutherlund; and sister, Donna Rolston.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reed City, with Pastor Dawn Pooley officiating.