Bernard M. Suttler, 74, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation official who was active in Masonic organizations in Alexandria before moving to Georgia last year, died of renal failure Tuesday in a Gainesville, Ga., hospital.

Mr. Suttler was an inspector, staff aide, and attorney with the FBI. He joined the FBI in 1936, and worked in New Orleans, Little Rock, and Richmond. He served in Washington from about 1940 until retiring in 1973.

In addition to his staff work he often represented the FBI as a speaker at church and civic events across the country.

He was a 33rd degree Mason and a member of Alexandira-Washington Lodge No. 22. He was a past venerable master of the Alexandria-Washington Consistory of the Scottish Rite and a past potentate of the Kena Shrine Temple in Alexandria.

Mr. Suttler was a native of Atlanta. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned a law degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Law in Atlanta. A resident of Alexandria from 1942 to 1978, he belonged to Christ Episcopal Church there.

Survivors include his wife, Adine Goodloe Suttler of Gainesville; a son, H. Goodloe, of Cambridge, Mass.; a daughter, Bernadine Boek of Redwood Valley, Calif.; a sister, Jean Hudgins of Smyrna, Va. and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Scottish Rite Crippled Children's Hospital in Atlanta.