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2HUTCR81014A.jpg ROGER R. HUTCHINS SWANTON - Roger R. Hutchins, 64, died peacefully on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Fla., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Burlington, Vt., on July 27, 1949, the son of Vernon and Virginia (Lamphere) Hutchins. Roger enlisted in the U.S. Army during Vietnam where he "Served with Valor" with the 173rd Airborne Brigade (BDE). He was the recipient of the Army Commendation with Valor Medal, a Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, a Parachutist Badge, and several expert marksmanship awards. Upon his return from Vietnam, Roger continued his service as an instructor in guerrilla warfare at the Ranger Training Command in Fort Benning, Ga. After his discharge from the Army, he joined the Aviation Company, Vermont Army National Guard in South Burlington. He initially served as an OH-6A Helicopter mechanic and crew chief. He then progressed to becoming the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Aircraft Refueling Section. His leadership and the service of his section was "noteworthy," and contributed to the outstanding record of the Vermont Army National Guard Aviation Safety Program. In 2008, he retired from the military as a Sergeant First Class (SFC) with over 25 years of service. Roger married Brenda (Dubuque) Hutchins on March 19, 1983, in Burlington. He and Brenda previously owned Sam's Unfinished Furniture in Burlington following his retirement from the Blodgett Oven Company. Roger loved his family and friends and he enjoyed spending time with them. He especially enjoyed playing ball with his grandchildren in the backyard, as well as fishing, tubing and boat rides on Lake Champlain. One of his favorite pastimes was laughing and joking while comparing fish stories off his dock with his family and friends. He loved life and everything in it, whether it be sitting on his deck listening to the birds sing, watching the squirrels chase each other in the front yard or the fish jump in the lake. He always took note of and deeply appreciated everything nature had to offer. He enjoyed hunting, traveling in his RV with Brenda by his side and watching the NASCAR races with his family and friends. He could often be seen in the winter months traveling across the frozen lake on his ATV chasing after the "big fish", which he loved to catch and share with his mother and family. Roger took great pride in serving his country and in his "life time" friends he felt honored to serve alongside. In addition to Brenda, Roger is survived by their children, Wendy Hutchins of Hampstead, N.H., Corey Hutchins and wife, Kendra, of South Burlington, Donald Richards of Milton, and Cheri Williams and husband, Bobby of Baltimore, Md.; and their grandchildren, Dustin, Chelsea, Meghan, Jaylin, and Jordan, and one more on the way. He is also survived by his mother, Virginia (Hutchins) Arnold and her husband, Bill Arnold of South Burlington; his sister, Maxine Burritt of Shelburne; his brothers, Vernon Hutchins and wife, Rachel, of Charlotte, and Gary Hutchins and wife, Linda, of South Burlington; and by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was predeceased by his father, Vernon Hutchins; and his father- and mother-in-law, Reginald and Arlene Dubuque. Roger's family would like to honor him by having visiting hours in the Minor Funeral Home in Milton on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. He will be buried in the Vermont Veteran's Cemetery in Randolph with full military honors on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at 1 p.m. Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Vermont Charitable Foundation, 789 National Guard Rd., Colchester, VT 05446.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 10, 2014
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