Clair G. “Sam” Sautter, 74

Clair G. “Sam” Sautter, 74, of New Prague, died at his home on Monday, Oct. 25, 2004.

He was born on July 20, 1920, in Lexington Township, Le Sueur County, to Moses and Mary (Deutsch) Sautter and was raised in Le Center. He was a graduate of McKinley High School in Le Center.

Clair Sautter and Shirley Ann Novotny were married on August 13, 1966, in Montgomery and moved to New Prague in 1997. He was the owner/operator of Over-Road Sam Sautter Trucking. Clair was a member of the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Posse and was the recipient of the Million Miler Club Driver of the Year, an award presented by the Specialized Carriers and Rigger Association.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Sautter, New Prague; sons, Jerry (Donna) Morrow, Costa Mesa, CA, Jeffrey Morrow, New Prague, Gregory (Robbin) Morrow, Paris, TX; daughters, Deborah (David) Struckman, Le Center, Lisa (Ronald) Hertaus, New Prague; 11 grandchildren; sister, Marvel Harmeyer, Le Center; sister-in-law, Mildred Sautter, Le Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Moses and Mary Sautter; granddaughter, Gabrielle Morrow; brother, Vernon Sautter; sister, Page Halliday; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Harmeyer and Don Halliday.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Rev. Steven Trewartha will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Kristina Morrow, Adam Hertaus, Dustin Struckman, Cody Stephens, Kenneth Harmeyer, John B. Novotny, James Scheffert Jr. and Mark Vale. Honorary casketbearers will be his grandchildren: Jill, Wendy, Matthew, Brooke, Calli and Austin Morrow, and Samantha Hertaus.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague and at church, one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

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