John Newton Sutcliffe, 96, passed away on Sunday evening, Aug. 30. He died quietly in his sleep of dehydration after a six-year struggle with dysphagia.  

John was born June 15, 1924, in Davenport, Iowa, where his parents were both in chiropractic school. 

He is the son of Willis Harrison Sutcliffe and Ruth Maria Weary, both of Wheaton, Ill.

John is survived by his widow, Martha Katherine Sutcliffe of Jackson, Ohio; his sons, Harry Willis of Wellston, Ohio, John Henry of Kingston, and James Allen of Big Pine Key, Fla. 

John is also survived by his grandchildren, Kathleen Guinivere Sutcliffe of New Jersey, David Felix Sutcliffe, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and  Tullah June Dash.

John Sutcliffe was a Disabled American Veteran who saw service as a signalman on a landing craft support vessel at Normandy, Italy, and North Africa.

John Newton Sutcliffe was one of the founding members of the Kingston Fire Department. John was a lifelong campaigner for community self improvement. 

In his 40 plus years as a Kingston Resident, John had consistently sought for the most effective use of county resources. His efforts in this regard contributed to the construction of various bridges in the area. In the 1950s John had helped his neighbors in Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood to enforce environmental regulations on a badly polluting factory in their neighborhood. The neighborhood association followed up this environmental victory with a 90% successful campaign to wipe out crime in their neighborhood, this included shutting down a mafia connected tavern and working with Latino street gangs.  

The work with street gangs led to a city wide project among African American youth gang members to be constructively contributing members of their community. John was also active in the California Farm Workers,Texas Farm Workers and the Mexico City Bus Drivers community improvement efforts. 

A viewing will be held from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Kingston Community Church. 

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m.

Burial will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery. 

Funeral services are under the direction of Madison County Funeral Service of Huntsville. 

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