GENE ALDEN HUTCHINSON
Gene Alden Hutchinson was born September 27, 1947, the son of Glen and Doris (Vanderflute) Hutchinson in Leon, Iowa. He passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 71.
Gene was raised in Mount Ayr and Diagonal, Iowa, with the exception of four years when his parents moved the family to Dade County, Florida. He graduated from Diagonal High School in 1966. Following graduation, he attended Central College in Pella on a basketball scholarship until he enlisted in the United States Army, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Following the Army, he attended the Des Moines Police Academy and served as a police officer in Des Moines and later for a few years in Texas. Upon returning to Iowa he enjoyed working in the fur buying business with his father and brother, later moving to Hopkins, Missouri. He loved telling stories of their adventures traveling the country buying fur. Later, he returned to complete his education and received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University in 1987. He was recognized as National Academic Scholar, graduating Suma Cum Laude. Following graduation, he loved working with children and families and was especially proud of the young men who spent summers with him and became part of the family, retiring in 2009. Gene had the ability to share many wise words of advice. He tried to live life by three phrases: never quit; never look back and never let fear hold you back. He was united in marriage to Terry McClelland on January 14, 1998, in Orient, Iowa.
Gene enjoyed traveling and seeing the country in his motor home and spending winters in Las Vegas. He loved sports, especially college basketball and going to Kansas City to see the Royals play. Gene was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan and loved attending NASCAR races. Aside from his family, the love of his life was his “puppies”, his three boxers, Maxwell, Marley and Mia.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn, and brother, Eddie Hutchinson.
He is survived by his wife, Terry Hutchinson of Orient; children, Teresa Hutchinson of Des Moines, Melissa Moreno of Austin, Texas, Eddie Hutchinson (Laura Beth) of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Nicole Richardson (Donald Griggs) of Beulah, Colorado, Ronald Hutchinson (Alyssa) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jordan Ingram (Matt) of Winterset, Jillian Jensen of Orient and Jentry Hutchinson of Orient; mother, Doris Hutchinson of Creston; 18 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister, Jo Ann Rathe (David) of Creston; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery with full military graveside rites will be conducted by the Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post No. 5357. Mr. Phil Price will officiate the service. The family of Gene Hutchinson wishes to express their gratitude to all the kind and caring staff at Mercy Hospital and for all the acts of kindness shown to them in their time of sorrow and invites you to join them for a luncheon at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Orient following the services at the cemetery.
Open visitation will be at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield on Wednesday, May 15 from noon to 7:00 p.m. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, May 15 at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Gene Hutchinson memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.
Am very sorry to learn about Gene. He and I had some great times growing up. He was always pulling tricks on me and then laughing like crazy because I feel for them. One Fourth of July Gene his brother Ed and I went to Missouri for fireworks. Gene was lighting cherry bombs and tossing them out the window of his dads truck. One did not make it out the window and and went under the seat. We all were deaf for a week after.