Our beloved father, Thomas Hutchison died peacefully Tuesday evening, May 14, 2013. "You can't keep a good man down" was his life's motto, and his exceptional courage in battling his long and debilitating illness was truly remarkable.
Born in Barnesville, Ohio on March 10,1924 to William Asbury Hutchison and Vesta McLaughlin Hutchison, Tom was one of seven children enjoying his formative years on the beautiful family farm, "Mound Hill".
He was a wonderful storyteller and graciously shared many of his marvelous recollections to the delight of family and friends.
As a member of "The Greatest Generation", he was patriotic and proud to serve his country in World War II. An Eight Air Force pilot, he flew his B24 Liberator, "Jonah" on submarine patrols over the Atlantic. After the war, and attending University of Pittsburgh, he was able to continue his love of flying as a flight instructor. A successful 38 year career in the aircraft industry with North American Aviation and Rockwell International also allowed him to utilize his extensive knowledge of aeronautics and his lifelong passion for airplanes.
Friends will remember his quick and big smile, kindness, integrity, generosity of spirit, and zest for life. He was an avid golfer and he loved nature and gardening. He enjoyed traveling in the US and abroad in his retirement years. He was a founding member of the Reynoldsburg Methodist Church where he resided for over 50 years, a Master Mason in Lodge 340, a member of the National Management Association Rockwell International where he was given many awards and recognition, and a member of the Rockwell Golf League.
Tom was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 50 years, Carol Marie Brannen Hutchison, who passed away in 1998.
He is survived by his three daughters, Beth (Bill) Jaquith, Diane (Brian) Linke, and Kathy (Robert) Navarro; his grandchildren, Tyler Navarro and Elizabeth Linke, who mourn his loss; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends at Cotner Funeral Home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio on Saturday, May 18 from 10-11 a.m., where will be a short memorial service following the visitation.
A graveside service for family and friends will be held at Ebenezer Cemetery, Bethesda, Ohio at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Central Ohio Hospice.
Messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.cotnerfuneralhome.com.