KILMARNOCK—Warren Douglas Sutherland, 73, of Kilmarnock passed away May 28, 2022.
He was born in Washington, D.C., to Archie and Estelle (Hogan) Sutherland. He graduated from Bladensburg High School and the Community College of the Air Force and attended University of Maryland.
Warren married Martha “Marty” J. Moone in 1969 in Forestville, Md. He joined the United States Air Force in 1967. Warren was stationed in South Korea during the Pueblo Crisis in 1968 and served multiple assignments to Thailand during the Vietnam War. His 24-year Air Force career saw him and his family change duty locations eight times including a total of 12 years spent in England and Germany. Warren retired from the Air Force in 1990 as the first sergeant of the 1st ACOMM Wing on Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb. Within a week of his military retirement, he started work for Schneider National as an over-the-road truck driver and training engineer for 10 years and then Werner Enterprises for five years as a dispatcher.
Marty retired in 2011 from the National Park Service. They moved to the family home in Kilmarnock. However, this home was just a base of operations for them as they continued their love of traveling. From 2011 until his passing, they visited friends and family scattered throughout the United States including Hawaii, Alaska and every winery in between. One of his favorite trips was taking the kids, their spouses and grandchildren back to Germany and England to visit places where Doug and Carol had grown up. Since his retirement, Warren closed every email and conversation with his favorite saying “Every day is Saturday”. He truly lived as if every day was Saturday.
During the time in Kilmarnock, Warren joined Marty’s childhood church, Kilmarnock Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and also chaired the cemetery committee and the constitution and bylaws committee. Both Warren and Marty served the local community in various volunteer missions. He was so proud of both of them managing the Kilmarnock Baptist Church Food Pantry.
“God, Country and Family” were very evident in Warren’s life. Family meant everything to Warren. He never missed an important moment in his children’s lives and was just a phone call away when a family member needed him, sometimes just to talk through a problem. He always had advice to help.
Warren is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marty Sutherland; his son, Doug Sutherland; daughter, Carol (Dan) Flynn; grandchildren, Payton Flynn, Brittney (Brandon) Pecha, Danny Flynn, Michelle Sutherland, Nolan Ford and Nick Flynn; great-grandchild, Benji Pecha; his brothers and sisters, Anita Sutherland-Millmann, Mel (Vicki) Sutherland, Mike (Daisye) Sutherland, Birgit (Andy) Leneweaver and Sheila (Dodd) Parrish; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Kilmarnock Baptist Church with a light lunch afterwards in the fellowship hall.
Donations in Warren’s memory can be made to the Kilmarnock Baptist Church Food Pantry, Kilmarnock Baptist Church Woodlawn Cemetery, P.O. Box 99, Kilmarnock, VA 22482; or to a charity of your choice.
Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.