Joseph D. Sutton died of stomach trouble at St. Joseph’s hospital yesterday morning after an illness extending from last March. He had been in poor health for about four years. J.D. Sutton was one of the most widely known men in the insurance business in the Central West, having been general agent for the Washington Life Insurance company for the western half Missouri since 1883. Mr. Sutton was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, April 10, 1847, being 54 years old at the time of his death. In 1877 he became associated with the now defunct Continental Life Insurance at Detroit as special agent for Michigan, and a short time afterward joined the Connecticut Mutual Life in a similar capacity. In 18[unclear] became connected with the Washington Life Insurance company and divided his time between Michigan and Indiana. The excellent manner in which he represented this company in Indiana resulted in his appointment as general agent for the western half of Missouri with headquarters at Kansas City in 1883. Mr. Sutton was one of the founders of the Kansas City Life Underwriters’ association and its success was largely due to his efforts. He never failed to represent the association as a delegate to the convention of the national association of life underwriters. As president of the association Mr. Sutton’s administration was markedly progressive. He left a wife, a daughter, Josephine, aged 11, and a son, Edwin, aged 17. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family home on Woodworth avenue. Rural Lodge A.F. and A.M. will have charge of the funeral services.
Source: Kansas City Star, November 4, 1901.