Howard Otis Hutchins

Posted February 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Howard Hutchins, 77, Rockville, passed away at Cedar County Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013.

He was born in Raytown on Nov. 2, 1935, the son of Harley and Ruth (Rodgers) Hutchins. The youngest of eight children, Howard grew up in Kansas City. After a wild and turbulent youth, he matured during his years as a member of the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department. While working there, he received a commendation for meritorious service. In 1985, he retired as a Captain in the department for which he was very proud. He always said he loved his job because he could drive as fast as he wanted and never get a speeding ticket.

After his retirement, he began a second life in Taberville. He kept busy with children and grandchildren as he became known as the local gardener and weed (and sometimes grass) killer. His efforts were commemorated with a “Howard Hutchins Day” celebration including full costume. His tailor made neon outfit is still talked about at the Taberville Park.

His hobbies included painting, hunting and visiting with friends.

The last love of his life reconnected him with his relationship to God. And, for this we are grateful.

Howard was a man well loved, as his three marriages affirm. As a result, he is survived by two daughters from his first marriage – Lois Hutchins and Joyce Kalousek; became a second father to Lisa Jacobs and Teddi Handley when he married Betty Dell; and was thought of as an honorary father by Starr Marshall, Misty Preston and Deonne Marshall upon his marriage to their mother, Bernice Strickler, who survives. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were held on Sunday, Feb. 17, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Pastor Sam Masten officiating. Burial followed in Taberville Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Steve Koshko, Travis Oehring, Kevin Jacobs, G.C. White, Chad Schenker and Mike Handley. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Oehring, Bob Daly, Murle Barbour, John Tosatto and Jr. Oehring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kidd’s Chapel Church and left at the funeral home.

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