Monday January 15,2018 Gerald L Hutchison, 90! holding hands with his wife of 70 years passed away at Montgomery Place in Independence, KS. Cremation has taken place by request of the family at Loran Fawcett Chapel of Neodesha, KS. A Private family graveside service will take place at Valley Cemetery in Parsons, KS.
Born April 23, 1927 the son of George L and Leona (Brown) Hutchison began life in rural Chanute, KS during the depression. Because the one room country school house didn’t have enough students he was sent to school a year early. Gerald went to Chanute High School where he played both Basketball and Baseball – he was better at Baseball – his father wouldn’t let him play Football because he was afraid he would get hurt. He graduated High School with a scholarship to play Basketball and Baseball at McPherson College in the spring of 1944. At this time WW ll was in full swing. Hutch was too young to enlist in the Navy without parental approval and his Father who fought in WW l wasn’t about to give his blessing.
Because most of the older boys were in the service Hutch got the chance to start on the Basketball team and he made the most of it. To quote from his college annual “Individual scoring honors were achieved by Gerald Hutchison, young freshman ace, with 244 points.” That year McPherson only had 3 losses- 2 of which to Wichita State University. They recorded 13 victories including 2 wins over Emporia State Teachers College. The team did well enough to be invited to the National Invitational Tournament in Kansas City – but were unable to accept.
After his first year of college Hutch – now old enough not to need his Dad’s permission – enlisted in the US Navy. Before the supply ship he was aboard made it to the Pacific theater the war was over. Hutch came back to McPherson to finish up his BS Degree in Mathematics. He graduated in spring of 1949 and took his first teaching job in western Kansas that fall. It was in the fall of 1953 that Hutch accepted the job of Math Teacher and Assistant Basketball and Football Coach in Neodesha. He was excited to take the job. Hutch was head Basketball coach from 1961 to 1971 – during which time his team won 71[%] of their games. The 143 victories they accumulated made Hutch the winningest Basketball coach in Kansas.
In 1972, with his Master’s Degree Hutch became the first Athletic Director in Neodesha High School. This was the time that Title Nine required the implementation of Girls Athletics – which put a huge strain on budgets. Few people realized that Hutch coached Jr High for 34 years. He especially loved working with the Jr High kids – and he had a real knack for it. Over the years Hutch literally had thousands of students in his math classes. The last few years he actually had grandchildren of some of the students he had in the first years at Neodesha. By the time he retired from teaching in 1988, he had already given up running the swimming pool in the summer and became a volunteer campground host for the Forest Service in Colorado. After he retired Dee and Hutch continued to travel extensively for many years. They have seen all of Canada and all but three states in the US and made another set of friends. Hutch is probably the only person you know that actually walked to and from work – including going home for lunch – his entire career. He never lived more than two blocks from where he worked.
Hutch is survived by his wife Dolores (Dee) of 70 years of the home. Survivors also include two sons Gary L Hutchison and wife Diana of Garden Plain, KS. and Craig D Hutchison and wife Roxann of Chagrin Falls, OH., 2 Grandchildren Garren L Hutchison and Adam Hutchison, 4 Great Grandchildren Sean, Ashley, Kylie, Gareth L Hutchison and one great-great grandchild Kobe Hutchison, and hundreds of former students and athletes. Hutch is proceeded in death by his parents and one brother Wayne D Hutchison and one sister Helen Bruce and 3 Grandchildren Jennifer, Christin and Nathan Hutchison. Memorials can be made to the Gerald L Hutchison Scholarship Fund and can be left at Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha, KS. On – line condolences can be left to the family by going to www.loranfawcettfuneralhome.com
Coached with Hutch near the beginning of my career ... learned a great deal! Thanks Hutch! Rest In Peace!
Dutch SchoenfeldtMuncie, IN
Hutch was my coach, mentor & friend. He will be missed, but I have so many fond memories.
Freshman Football 73-74
Rick BrummettSuffolk, VA
My Dear Dee, Gary, Diana, Craig and Roxie,
What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful life well lived. We shall miss that great smile always present when you walked into the room where Coach Hutch would be seated. We treasure our visits with Coach and you, Dee, whenever we were in Neodesha and especially when you traveled the winters to south Texas, and in Colorado not too many years ago. You were always the gracious hosts and made us feel so welcomed. We pray for peace and comfort for each of you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. We will miss him too. Much love to each of you, Peggy and Jerry
Peggy and Jerry KrampotaAlvin, TX
Hutch was a wonderful man and one of the reasons I became an educator. He could put the fear of God in a person one minute then show the greatest love the next. I really looked forward to visiting with him whenever I came back to Neodesha. I would guess that by now he has organized a basketball team in Heaven and explaining the weave!
Mickey PondBranson, MO
You have a lasting legacy in the yourhs-who were blessed to call you Coach/Teacher/Friend. We saw you recently, at Klink’s big Birthday Bash at the Methodist Church. You looked marvelous and sounded just as we remembered.
Rest in peace, knowing that you were loved and admired. You will be missed but we will continue to carry you with us and attempt to live life, as you did, to the fullest.
Tommy & Tammy ParishNixa, MO
My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Dee, and your entire family. We have lost a man who meant so much to this community and all who live in it. As a student of NHS, I have a vivid memory of Hutch. He seemed to stand at the top of the main staircase watching all of us to assure we were walking the line. We weren't afraid of him, but we behaved because we didn't want to disappoint him. Years later when I became his peer on the staff of U.S.D. 461, my respect for him grew. He was always working to improve the system for students and faculty alike. What a guy! He will be missed, but certainly not forgotten. May our God grant you comfort, peace, and strength in the coming days.
Judy CliftonNeodesha, KS
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of "Hutch"! I was sort of expecting this news after hearing from you at Christmas time. It was always a great pleasure to have gone to school with "Hutch" and to have been with the two of you at our many class reunions.
It was almost a year ago that I lost Mary Lou and know what you are going thru.
My thoughts and and love to you and your family!
Warren E. AlfordChanute, KS
Sorry for your loss. He was a inspiration to everyone who knew him Prayers
Sherry GardnerCaney, KS
Dee and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hutch will be missed by
many. Always enjoyed visiting with you.
Shelby/Janice HowardNeodesha, KS
Thank you Hutch for caring about the kids you taught. I enjoyed your classes and always felt you wanted only the best for your students. RIP. Heaven gained another angel. Prayers for your family
Judy Umbarger DoubWichita, KS
Dennis RedingtonBixby, OK
First I would like to say how sorry I am for the loss of your Husband, Father, and Grandfather.
Hutch was such an amazing teacher, coach and man. I looked up to Hutch and listened when he had advice to give. My whole family was a fan of Hutch and I knew when I went to Junior High he had taught or coached most of my family. He will truly be missed! They don’t have men like Hutch anymore!
I know he will watch over you all!
Wendy Bryant Riley
Wendy rileyLee’s summit, MO
I am so sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. I enjoyed being part of the faculty with him at NHS for the 19 years I was there teaching Home Economics (Miss Leipersberger at that time)
May all your wonderful memories help ease the sorrow.
You have my sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers. Lois (Leipersberger) Staley
Lois I StaleyClay Center, KS
Mr Hutchison was an awesome man I had him in 7th
grade General Math excellent coach exellant teacher
Sorry for his loss he will be missed.
Harriett Leisa Cook CallarmanAltoona aka Neodesha, KS
He was my favorite teacher I will never forget him and his sense of humor he was a great person
Susan mishlerChanute, KS
Sorry for the loss of your Husband, Father and Friend to all.
Pam Cottrell VidrineForest Hill, LA
You will be deeply missed! Thoughts and Prayers to your family..
Belinda Kochindependence, KS