Some people get the party started – others (you know the ones) seem like they were born to shut it down. Edwyn Elon (known by many as Elon) Sudduth WAS the party – and there couldn’t have been a more perfect day than Independence Day to introduce the world to such a celebration.
Elon was born in Topeka, KS, on July 4, 1932, the youngest son of Mildred M. Sudduth (Jones) and Charles Sheldon Sudduth.
He attended and graduated from Washington Grade School, East Topeka Junior High, and Topeka High School.
For several years, he worked alongside his father and older brother, Charles, in the family janitorial and maintenance business, Sheldon Sudduth and Sons. Following that, he served as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Shops in Topeka, KS.
When the Midwest became too small to contain him, he moved to Seattle, WA, where he completed a dental assistant apprenticeship before “landing” at Boeing Airline factory, from which he retired after 37 years.
Elon owned his life like a champ – but he shared it generously with those he loved. And if you were one of those people, boy were you lucky.
From his first marriage, to Betty Tumbleson, two sons were born: Edwyn Elon Sudduth, Jr. (deceased), and Rodney Lance Sudduth. He later married Clara Barber Taylor, and from that union he gained his daughter, Marsha Yvonne Taylor-Holland.
He is survived by three sisters, Nadine Blackwell, Sharon Sudduth, and Valerie West (Frank); a son, Lance Sudduth (Pamela); a daughter, Marsha Holland (Robert); three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, who love him tremendously and will miss him dearly – but will always carry a little bit of the party in our hearts.