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Hubert W. "Buck" Hutchins

Hubert W. (Buck) Hutchins, age 86 of Newfoundland, died Monday morning at his home. He was the husband of Joan Shaffer, at home.

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 Corporation, the New York City Police Department 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 Post 509 VFW, Tobyhanna.
Buck was a baseball legend in Wayne County, playing for over 20 years in The Wayne County Amateur League with his identical twin Hobe, it was difficult to tell which one was pitching and which one was catching. Buck was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

In addition to his wife Joan, he is survived by two sons, Robert (Colleen) Hutchins, Lafayette, La. and James (Lisa) Hutchins, Blakeslee, Pa. Four step-children-Grace Krzan, Dunmore; Chris Shell, Scranton; Geraldine McGraw, Lakewood and Frank Karwoski, Scranton. His twin brother Hobart "Hobe" (Mary Lu) Hutchins, Franklin, Tenn., sister-in-law Margery Hutchins, Grand Rapids, Mi and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jared, sister Alice Allen and brothers Wilson, Merlyn and Burton, Jr.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 8 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday 4-7 p.m. in the Arthur J. Frey Funeral Home, 201 LaAnna Road, Village of LaAnna, South Sterling.

Published in Wayne Independent on Mar. 6, 2013
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