REECE “HUTCH” HUTCHINGS, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Hospice Home. Born January 11, 1922, in Sparta, Tennessee, he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17, becoming one of the first members of the 101st Parachute Battalion serving in Japan, Germany, Philippines, the Azores and Chambley France. He was also a flight engineer in the Berlin Air lift Crisis and later retired from the Air National Guard, after 25 years of service. He was an avid archer, sportsman and co-owner of Waynedale Sportsman Shop and Hutch’s Shoe Repair with his wife “Pollie”.
He is survived by his daughters, Roberta C. “Bert” Hutchings of Boulder, Colorado and Pamela S. Frane of Fort Wayne; beloved companion, Helen Hearn of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Stef (Jeff) Hanyzewski and Nikki Wyant, both of Mishawaka and Stacee Frane and Patrick Frane, both of Fort Wayne; 10 great-grandchildren; and many other nieces and nephews, living in Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor “Pollie” Hutchings, in 2001; parents, Charalie W. and Mattie Hutchings; brothers, Will Ed Hutchings, Charlie Francis Hutchings and Willard Cecil Hutchings; and sisters, Iva Ray Hobbs, Jo Marie Patterson, Ruby Lee Yates and Martha Christine Yates.
Funeral service was Wednesday, March 11 at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. Calling was Tuesday, March 11 at the funeral home. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens, with military honors.
Memorials to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
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