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Stephen Duane Hutchinson

1958 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Stephen Duane Hutchinson Obituary
"Have you ever heard a joke so many times you have forgotten why it is funny? Then you hear it again and remember why it was funny. You remember why you loved it in the first place. That was our father's final joke. Our father's life was that way, he told the story so many times he became the story and that is how his life will live on. In telling the story of our dad's life things don't always make sense, but that is just the kind of story it is." – Big Fish. Dir. Tim Burton. 2003.
Stephen "Pops" Hutchinson was born on November 26, 1958, in Lafayette, Indiana. He lived a good life in Kentland, Indiana, starting a family. Though it seemed that the small town was just too small for his ambitions. And for some time he wandered through the desert on a horse with no name. He missed the rain and finally settled with his family in Crystal River, Florida. There he found that time stopped and when it began again he had found love when he least expected. He married Heather Hill on April 14, 2012. From there he was able to see his children grow and begin families of their own. He felt the joy of being "Pappa" for many grandkids.
On January 30, 2016 he expended the last of his nine lives at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. At his time of rest he was surrounded by the love of his family. We will remember to tell his story so that he is not forgotten. His legacy will live on and the Hutchinson Clan will continue to grow and remember Pappa – The Man, The Myth, The Legend.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern time) on Sunday, February 21, at Nature's Resort in Homosassa, FL. If you are able to attend, please send e-mail to hutchinsonmemorial
[email protected] for the resort address. Arrangements are under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home and Crematory, Crystal River.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 6, 2016
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