Jim Sutter was born in Marion in 1934 to the owners of a local dairy named Sutter’s Dairy. After graduating from Marion High School and later Indiana University, he returned to join the family business. He took over the thriving business until retirement, then focused on giving back to Marion.
Sutter is still very active in the community, volunteering on the Marion Easter Pageant Board, and remains active with Indiana Wesleyan University, the Boys & Girls Club, Marion Community Schools, the Grant County Family YMCA, and more. Sutter has given countless hours and dollars into making Marion a better place to live. His voluntary commitment and servant leadership were instrumental in the formation of many projects including the YMCA Memorial Coliseum, Indiana Wesleyan University’s tennis courts, the James Dean Birth Site Memorial, the Little Giants Pre‑K Program, and the Gardens of Matter Park, among many others.
With 17 grandchildren, the Sutters remain very busy. Jim also plays tennis on a regular basis in Marion.
When asked to share his thoughts about his community, Sutter replied, “Marion is an outstanding place to live. The educational system in Marion and throughout Grant County is second to none. There is a lot of fire power in our schools. We also have a lot to be proud of, with First Fridays, and many other local activities.”