Jack Hutchison

Jack Hutchison

PAXTON – James R. "Jack" Hutchison, 97, of Sebring, Fla., a former Paxton resident, died at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday (May 21, 2013) at Good Shepherd Hospice, Sebring, Fla.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with the Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.

Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Jack was born Aug. 28, 1915, in the southwest upstairs bedroom of the Hutchison farmhouse northeast of Clarence. His great-grandfather, Samuel Hutchison, purchased that farmland in 1868 and dedicated the land east of the Clarence road for the building of the Village.

Jack attended Clarence elementary school and graduated from Paxton Community High School in 1933. He lettered in football, basketball and track, as well as playing in the band and singing in the Glee Club. He furthered his education by studying Mechanical Engineering at G.M.I. in Flint, Mich., and the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Hutchison was employed by the Inland Division of General Motors in Dayton, Ohio, in 1934. He worked as a toolmaker, foreman, general foreman, divisional plant engineer and General Superintendent, retiring in 1976 after 42 years.

Mr. Hutchison joined his ancestral Clarence Presbyterian Church at an early age, was a lifetime member of the Dayton Masonic Lodge No. 147, the Illinois Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution, and the Ford County Historical Society.

Jack was a licensed aircraft pilot and a past president of the Wright Flyer Corporation of Dayton, Ohio. He also was a past member of the American Society of Tool Engineers and the Society of Plant Engineers. Hutch retired to a small farm in Southern Ohio, where he and Helen raised Saddlebred show horses and Hereford cattle in the summers and wintered in Florida.

In 1992 they moved to Paxton, where they resided in summer months until 2006, when they moved to their winter home in Sebring, Fla.

Surviving Jack are his wife, Helen, of Sebring, Fla.; one son, Robert E. Hutchison, of Belle Center, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann, Heather and Robert II.

Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.