Sutton C. Lauinger
November 25, 1988 ~ July 15, 2023
Sutton’s Funeral Mass can be viewed below starting at 2:00 PM Thursday, July 20, 2023.
Sutton Lauinger was welcomed into heaven with open arms by his mother on July 15, 2023 surrounded by his family and friends.
We will get this out of the way early; Cancer took our beloved Sutton. In Suttons case it goes back to a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the summer of 2009. After 14-plus years of treatments, anxiety, pain, and occasional moments of hope it came down to a brutal new diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia that made it impossible for his body to no longer carry on. He never lost one battle but instead had battles stacked against him that made it impossible for his body to continue the fight.
Sutton was welcomed into this world on November 25, 1988 by the most caring and loving parents; Arnie and Stacy Lauinger, and his big brother, Jardie Lauinger. Sutton grew up enjoying hunting, fishing, and going to the lake with his family and friends. He had a passion for his dogs, Norman, Boz, and Bruce. He graduated from Fargo South High School in 2007 and went on to North Dakota State University to earn his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2012 despite fighting his ongoing cancer battle. After graduation, Sutton started his career at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch making a huge impact on so many young individuals. He grew his career in helping others by becoming the Volunteer and Development coordinator with Make-A-Wish North Dakota. Finally, he found his niche as a Business Development Specialist for Kinetic Leasing. Where he built lifelong relationships with his colleagues and customers. The Kinetic family was very supportive and understanding of the difficult challenges he faced.
While in college, Sutton had planned to go out for a fun night but instead spotted a girl in a purple dress and called dibs. That day in April of 2009 changed his life forever. Two short months after meeting the love of his life, Sutton was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sheena never left his side through the multitude of hospital stays, doctor appointments, and the dreaded test results. Obviously, this continued for many years until the best day came which happened on August 27, 2016 where Sutton and Sheena became one. The most beautiful day surrounded by family and friends, a day they didn’t have to worry about anything but their true love to each other. The saying goes, “first comes love, next comes marriage, and then comes the baby in the baby carriage.” Through the help of medicine, the couple had their miracle baby boy Conrad David Lauinger on July 9, 2021. The day that gave Sutton his proudest title, Daddy.
This isn’t how Sutton expected his final chapter would be written. He had dreams like everyone but had a lot of them. The most important dream he wanted more than anything in life was to raise his little boy, Conrad. He wanted to be his daddy.
His time on earth was shortened by far too many years. He dreamed of many more years with his wife, the one that supported him throughout every step of his brutal journey. Sutton had a long list of “To-do’s”, so many more years of hunting, woodworking, building his dream car, raising and supporting his family or buying something that he absolutely needed for himself. One of the last things Sutton wrote on his to do list was to start a non-profit to help others like himself fighting cancer to get into clinical trials. It just shows even when he was fighting the most impossible battle, he remained selfless and was still looking forward to help others. Sutton had a big impact on everyone he met through his big smile, loud laugh, and ridiculous jokes. He will never be forgotten as being the life of the party. Sutton maintained his courage and held so strong throughout his fight to be with his family and friends.
Conrad will never forget his daddy and the love he had for him.
Sutton is survived by his wife, Sheena; son, Conrad; father, Arnie; brother, Jardie (Lydia); nephews, Julian and Elliott; father-in-law, David (JoLynn) Houkom; mother-in-law, Deb (Todd) Florey; brother and sister-in-law, Seth (Haylee) Houkom; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and good buddies.
Sutton was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Stacy; uncles, Joe and Jim; grandparents, Rose, Conrad, Richard and Karen; cousin, Steve; and friend, Andy.
The family would like to thank everyone for the ongoing support and prayers these last 14 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions in Sutton’s name can be made to his family via https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-sutton-lauinger-and-family