Henry C. Sutton, 69, a retired employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, died Friday at his home in Washington after an apparent heart attack.

He had been with the CIA and its Predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services, from 1941 until retiring in 1969.

Born in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Sutton had been and active member of the Austrian Social Democratic Party and head of the White Collar Workers Union in Corinthia province in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

When all political parties were outlawed in Austria, he went under ground to continue active work with the Social Democrats.

Mr. Sutton eventually was arrested and imprisoned for his political activities. He was later among those released in a general amnesty by the Austrian government.

In the late 1930s, he fled to Paris just before Austria fell to Hilter. He headed an Austrian refugee organization in Paris, then fled to Portugal just before the German invasion of France.

Mr. Sutton came to this country in the early part of 1941, settling in New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was assigned to the OSS and sent to London.

He returned here after the war and became a naturaliz citizen.

There are no immediate survivors.