Keith Leon Hutchins (1933 - 2018)


Keith Leon Hutchins was born on Feb., 10, 1933, in Redfield, Iowa. He passed away on Dec. 19, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska, at age 85.
As a United States Marine Corps Sergeant, Keith served in the Korean War.
Keith was a longtime Alaskan who followed the oil industry from Southern California to the Kenai Peninsula in 1965. After a short stay in Cooper Landing, Alaska, he and his family built a home on Beaver Loop Road in Kenai, Alaska.
Keith enjoyed the adventure he always found in Alaska. He hunted and fished, exploring the lakes and trails across the Kenai Peninsula. He took his river boat up the many tributaries around the Skilak and Tustumena Lakes area. He worked on the oil platforms on the Cook Inlet and on the North Slope. He eventually retired from ARCO in 1991, and became a "snow bird" traveling between Sedona, Ariz., and Kasilof, Alaska. Keith loved to travel and was often planning a road trip. During his lifetime he must have driven the Alcan Highway at least 100 times. His last trip, at the age of 83, was cut short due to the death of his wife Melinda in 2015.
Keith is the son of George and Gretta Hutchins. He had one sibling: his older brother, Galen. He is the father of Keith Hutchins Jr., Shelly Hutchins, Teri (Hutchins) Hogue, Lori Hutchins-Fuller, Kami Hutchins (Froehlich) and Suzi Hutchins.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 13, 2019
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