John J. Hutchings
John J. Hutchings
May 1, 1927 — Feb. 19, 2011
ENID, Okla. — John James Hutchings died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at home in Enid, Okla.
He was born May 1, 1927 in Morris, Ill. to Forrest and Ada (Goss) Hutchings.
John grew up in Plymouth, Ind. and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1945.
John worked for the Indiana Motor Bus Company for 24 years as the Charter Coach Manager. He took many trips to Wrigley Field to see his beloved Cubs play.
He then worked for Tucker Freight Lines for 12 years as a salesman. John worked eight years for Hill Truck Sales selling Freightliners. He retired in 1993.
He married Grace A. Long Oct. 20, 1951 in Plymouth. They celebrated their 59th anniversary in 2010. They have three children.
John and Grace lived in South Bend, Ind. for 41 years. In the summer of 2004 they moved to Enid, Okla. where he helped his daughter and son-in-law in their McDonald’s business. He was the official paper shredder and made sure that everyone in the organization received a birthday greeting.
John was a 50-year member and past president of the South Bend Lions Club, and was a current member and past president of the Enid Noon Ambucs. He was an avid golfer and had two holes-in-one during his golfing days. His only rule on the golf course was that you did not lose your temper and you never threw a club.
He was a proud blood donor in Indiana and Oklahoma donating many gallons through the years. John was an Eagle Scout and was proud when his grandson became one as well.
He is survived by wife, Grace; daughters, Lynn Biddle and husband Steve of Enid, Okla., Cris Dycus and Lester Sellers of Bourbon; and son, Jeff Hutchings and Anna Ricci of South Bend; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, all of Indiana.
Also surviving are sisters, Elizabeth Smith of Orland Park, Ill. and Phyllis Kelsey, Ada M. Petill, Susan Newman, Helen Beedy and Toni Hutchings, all of Plymouth; and a brother, James Hutchings of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Marjorie VanVactor, Mary Jane Pullian, and Ruth Hutchings; and brother, Robert Hutchings.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Plymouth Church of the Brethren, 1130 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services. The Rev. Robbie Keck, pastor of Teegarden First Brethren, will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana, P.O. Box #1274 South Bend, IN, 46624.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the website: www.johnson-danielson.com.
Funeral Director – Randall L. Danielson – 574-936-2829