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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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William “Bill” Sutherland

William “Bill” Sutherland, age 75, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on April 16, 2023, at the Carrington Heath Center with family members nearby.

Bill was born in Wisconsin, and was adopted at a young age by Gene and Ruth Sutherland. They later moved to Arizona for his sister, Linda’s health.

After his parents divorced, his mother met and married Norman “Bud” Sims, a Columbus, North Dakota, farmer; and they moved to Columbus when Bill was 14 years old. He was active in football and baseball during his high school years at Columbus High School.

Later Bill enlisted in the US Navy serving aboard the USS San Pablo, stationed at Philadelphia, PA, and received the National Defense Service Medal.  After he was discharged from the Navy, he enrolled in the auto mechanics course at Wahpeton’s State School of Science, which is where he met his bride to be, Phyllis. They were married July 21, 1967.

Being a multi-talented individual with many interests and a gift for acquiring new skills and accreditations, Bill held different jobs throughout his life that coincided with his interests in cars, electronics, home improvement, and wildlife. Locally he worked at McCurley Chevrolet, for the City of Carrington’s street department, several shops in the area as a repairman, and Carrington Extension Research Center as a technician for the fish farm project. He also owned and operated two businesses: Bill’s TV and Appliance and most recently Carrington Computers, becoming the local computer guru.

Nearing his retirement years, Bill worked part time in the electronics section of Menards in Jamestown for about five years. Tired of the long and sometimes dangerous commute, Bill chose instead to work part time first for New Rockford’s Dollar General Store, then Carrington’s as it opened. After a few years, Bill discovered a new interest in gardening and retired from the major retail world to open Dakota Girl Gardens, raising and selling bedding plants, garden produce, and fresh Christmas trees.  He loved to raise plants and flowers from seed and watch them grow.  He ran the garden business until his death.

Bill enjoyed the outdoors, but especially loved fishing.  He received a plaque from the Game and Fish Department for landing a “Whopper” northern pike many years ago. Bill always loved science fiction entertainment and technology, frequently “geeking out” with his family members over the latest great tv/movie find or the newest computer acquisition. Bill was also very fond of cats, often incorporating his rescue cats into his places of business. He saved his most recent rescue cat, Marco Polo, from a busy highway.  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and furry felines.

Bill is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, David; daughters, Penny and Jackie; granddaughter, Faith; and his beloved cat, Marco Polo.  He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather and sister.


Bill’s Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 1:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

A Burial will take place at Highland Home Cemetery in Jamestown, ND.


Posted Condolences:


  1. Phyllis and family, we are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a very intelligent, kind person and will be missed. Our thoughts are with you.

  2. Phyllis and family, Our deepest sympathy to you all. Hugs

  3. Our condolences to all of Bill’s family. He was such a wonderful and talkative guy. Always so knowledgeable.

  4. Phyllis and family,
    My heart goes out to all of you for Bill’s passing. I will remember the fun memories with Jim,Bill,and myself.May God comfort you at this time

  5. So sorry to hear of Bill passing away. Was a good neighbor and friend. Thoughts are with the family !

  6. Phyllis and family. We are so sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was such a special friend to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed. May your memories get you thru the hard times and know friends are there for you. Hugs. Linda and Roger

  7. Sorry for your loss Phyllis and kids.

  8. Phyllis, my thoughts and warm wishes are with you and family as you heal from your tragic loss. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. Know that you always have people surrounding you with love….(((hugs))))

  9. Phyllis I was saddened to her of Bill’s death. I am sorry for your loss. Lifting you and your family up. Corean

  10. RIP Bill. Gonna miss getting plants and chatting wirh you.You were a great guy with good advice. Thoughts hugs and prayers to Phyllis and family for comfort and peace.

  11. Phyliss and family, so sorry for your loss. Bill was a very intelligent man with a wide range of knowledge. I enjoyed visiting with him and the greenhouse and when he fixed my computer! He will be missed by many.
    Steve and Marlene Schimelfenig


  13. My heart goes out to Phyllis and family. I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Uncle Bill about computers and electronics at family functions. He is gone but not forgotten. Love you guys!

  14. Sorry to hear about your loss. He will be greatly missed.

  15. Sending prayers for peace and comfort. Bill was a special many with many talents. He will be missed.


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