Hubert W. "Buck" Hutchins, 86, of Newfoundland, died Monday morning at home. He was the husband of Joan Shaffer, at home.
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Born in Waymart, son of the late Burton and Minnie Bucklish Hutchins, he had resided in Newfoundland since 1949.
Buck owned and operated Buck's Leathercraft from 1949 until the day of his death. He opened his first shop in Waymart in 1946, following in his father's footsteps in a business established in 1911. A master craftsman in leather, he made special leather goods for General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Ronson Corp., the New York City Policy Dept. and made hat bands, chin straps and badge cases for the Pennsylvania State Police.
A 10th generation family that came to Plymouth Plantation in 1638 aboard the Friendship, he was a direct descendent of John Church Hutchins, a Minuteman at the battle of Lexington Alarm.
A graduate of Waymart High School, class of 1944, he entered the Army in April 1945 and served with the 88th Blue Devils Infantry Division in Italy. He was a member of VFW Post 509, Tobyhanna.
Buck was a baseball legend in Wayne County, playing for more than 20 years in the Wayne County Amateur League with his identical twin, Hobe. It was diffficult to tell which one was pitching and which one was catching. Buck was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame ip 1994.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert and wife, Colleen Hutchins; Lafayette, La.; and James and wife, Lisa Hutchins, Blakeslee; four stepchildren, Grace Krzan, Dunmore; Chris Shell, Scranton; Geraldine McGraw, Lakewood; and Frank Karwoski, Scranton; his twin brother, Hobart "Hobe" and and wife, Mary Lu Hutchins, Franklin, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Margery Hutchins, Grand Rapids, Mich.; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jared; a sister, Alice Allen; and brothers, Wilson, Merlyn and Burton Jr.
The funeral with military honors will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Arthur J. Frey Funeral Home, 201 LaAnna Road, South Sterling.
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 6, 2013