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Philip Grayson Hutchison Lt. Col. Ret.


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Philip Grayson Hutchison Lt. Col. Ret. Obituary
Philip Grayson Hutchison, Lt. Col. Ret.
Philip Grayson Hutchison passed away peacefully on the morning of March 11, 2016 at his daughter Mary's home in Red Bluff, CA. Born June 23, 1920 to Eula and Leonard Hutchison in Morrill, NE, he was one of five siblings out on the family farm.

At the age of 18, dad left the farm and headed to Southern California where he began college and drove ambulance for Stone Mortuary in San Bernardino. Not long after, dad entered the United States Air Force as an officer cadet and it was at a stop in Salina, KS where he saw a college sorority beauty by the name of Ruth Eileen Rader. This love-at-first-sight became a marriage of nearly 55 years just six weeks after they met. Dad had a military career spanning 23 years which included a number of significant accomplishments with a remarkable crew flying the B-36's. Their crew was the one of six B-36 planes to fly across the Atlantic from Texas to England where the Queen's husband toured the plane and on occasion, buzzing the Russian Embassy in London. Dad was a Bombardier Instructor at Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque, NM for 3 years during WWII, instructing B-29 bombardiers. Dad was also scheduled to be in on the invasion of Japan the day he landed in Okinawa, but the war was declared over that same day. At the end of his sojourn, dad was responsible for carrying the official war plans to President Kennedy during the Cuban Missle Crisis.

Such was his military career and dad eventually retired in 1964, moving eight children, one cat, mother, and himself to CA via train and car from FL to Sacramento. Our parents settled in Yuba City in 1965 where their ninth child was born, completing our family. Dad spent many years involved with the school board of Holy Angeles School, St. Isidore's Parish, and the Knights of Columbus. He coordinated the annual fireworks booth, organizing Thanksgiving Turkey & Food Basket Program for the needy, and helping to run various parts of the Annual Holy Angeles Carnival. He taught us, as children and teens, the importance of charity and service to others.

After our mother passed away in March 2000, Dad did his best to move forward, but being a widower did not suit him. In 2004, he was blessed with the next most wonderful woman in his life and he married Ginny Upton. Dad moved to Tallahassee where Ginny had lived for decades and remained there until his health brought him back here last April.

Dad is survived by his wife, Ginny Upton Hutchison of Tallahassee, FL; his children: Jay Hutchison of Yuba City, CA; Don (Judy) Hutchison of Sparks, NV; Laurie (late husband Michael) of Collingsville, OK, Linda (Jim) Linker of Tucson, AZ, Barbara (David) Chiono of Marysville, CA, Mary (Donnie) Button of Red Bluff, CA; Jane Hutchison, and Joanne Dominiak, both of Yuba City, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Coral (Bob) Fleming of Ft. Hood, CO. Dad was blessed with 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Eileen and his son, Chris Hutchison.

Services will begin Wednesday evening with The Rosary being recited at 7 pm at Lipp & Sullivan Chapel in Marysville, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 17, 2016 in the afternoon at 2:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow at Sutter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite hospice organization would be welcomed.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2016
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