Richard Hutchings age 94, born in Grain Valley, MO on April 20, 1929, passed away at Hidden Springs of McKinney on November 17, 2023. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years, MaryAnn. He leaves behind his sister, Mary Skaggs, son Gary Hutchings (Cyndi) and daughter Christy Powers (Gordon). Known as Grandpa and Gigi-pa, he also leaves behind his grandchildren, Crystal Hulkewicz (Steve), Jeff Hutchings (Sarah), Jason Hutchings (Paige), Nick Powers (Cassidy), and Max Powers and six great grandchildren, Isaac, Josey, Angie, Hannah, Morgan, and Addelynn.
Richard, also known as Dick, Rich, or Hutch, depending on who happened to be calling or what part of the country he was in, lived a wonderfully long life. He had so many experiences and stories to tell. After marrying MaryAnn in 1950, he was called to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He grew up on a farm in Grain Valley, Missouri and spent his entire working career in Agri Business. He and MaryAnn lived in Florida for several years where he started new plants for Woodbury Chemical in the Miami and Orlando areas. They left Florida and returned to St Joseph Missouri shortly after which Farmland Industries bought the business. He stayed on with Farmland running the acquired business for a few years, then transitioned back to Kansas City to run the Ag Chemical business for Farmland. In the 80’s they moved to Minnesota where he finished his career as an executive at Universal Cooperatives.
He retired in 1990 and he and MaryAnn moved back to Blue Springs for several years and then to Texas, where they lived until their final days. Richard made friends wherever he went and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Bridge and golf were his two favorite hobbies.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by both parents, William Earl and Edith Madeline Hutchings, eight of nine siblings and his daughter, Jana Sue.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hidden Springs Assisted Living and Trinity Hospice for their loving care of our father in his final days.
Richard will be laid to rest in Blue Springs, MO at the Blue Springs Cemetery. The family will hold a funeral service at First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs, 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, MO on Tuesday November 28th. Visitation at 10:30 am, service at 11:30 am followed by a grave-side service. Further information can be found at Meyers Funeral Chapel (www.meyersfuneralchapel.com/blue-springs-chapel) in Blue Springs, MO or at Turrrentine Jackson Morrow (www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com) in McKinney, TX. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.