LeRoi E. Hutchings |
Born: Aug. 3, 1920; in Northfield, MN
Died: May 20, 2014; in Oak Park
Inventor, bridge expert, athlete and theater angel LeRoi E. Hutchings passed away peacefully at home in Oak Park on May 20, 2014. He was born August 3, 1920, in Northfield, MN to Jessie F. Hetzel and LeRoi E. Hutchings, Sr., and lived most of his life in Crystal Lake and Mt. Prospect, IL. A Ph.D. in chemical engineering, he was in research at Pure Oil Company (Crystal Lake), Great Lakes Carbon Corporation (Elizabethton, TN) and UOP (Des Plaines) and held 70 patents. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in engineering at the University of Michigan in 1943 and 1944 and his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, where he met his wife of 57 years, Mary Jo Calnan, who passed away in 2008.
They have two daughters, Mary Hutchings (William) Reed (Chicago) and Donna C. Steele (Oak Park). He is also survived by three grandchildren, Amy (Matt) Wolski (Naperville), Sarah L. Steele (New York City), and Peter W. Steele (formerly St. Charles); and one nephew, Fabian (Jana) Beltran (Ann Arbor, MI).
A man of many interests and talents, he was an expert bridge player who invented the game ThreeForBridge, and earned numerous trophies in golf, tennis and bowling. As additional hobbies, he tailored women's clothes, built model ships, designed furniture and also enjoyed sailing and gardening. He was a founding supporter of Steel Beam Theatre, St. Charles, IL.
Services will be private. Memorials may be made to Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174.
Published in the Northwest Herald on May 25, 2014