TWIN FALLS, Idaho — James Robert Hutchings was born in Flat River, Missouri in 1924 and died on July 10, 2015 in Twin Falls, Idaho at the age of 90. Friends knew him as Bob or Hutch. He lived a frugal lifestyle, constantly disciplining himself to live simply. He was employed as a truck driver for many years and after he retired he still loved to drive across the country, following the sun and good weather to wherever he had friends, good fishing and hunting. He was an avid fan of the great outdoors.
Bob attended Flat River High School. He looked forward every year to attending the reunion to see lifelong friends. He enlisted in the Navy and traveled the world, serving active duty at sea during WWII. Most of his life he stayed in contact with good friends from his days in the service.
Bob married Trudy Lewis on November 27, 1947 and had four children. As a couple they lived in Missouri, Texas and finally settled in Phoenix, Arizona before divorcing after 18 years of marriage. He lived again in Missouri, Texas and Arizona before moving to Twin Falls, Idaho during the last years of his life.
His beloved dog, Rawhide, was his constant companion for many years until a stroke and subsequent declining health forced him to give the dog up. Even though Rawhide went to a good home, it broke his heart to let his dog go.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Elzie, his ex-wife, Trudy, four brothers, George, Glenwood, Shorland, and Marion Lee, and one sister, Irene Fahnestock. He is survived by his older sister, Ruth King of Phoenix, Arizona and four children Mike (Diane) Hutchings, Ron Hutchings, Rene (Dennis) Stephens, and Toni Hutchings as well as nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Special thanks to the staff at Woodstone Assisted Living, Ashley Manor Assisted Living, and Horizon Home Health and Hospice for their care during the last two years of his life.
He will be interred in the Marvin Chapel Cemetery near Bonne Terre, Missouri in the family plot along with the many generations of family that homesteaded there in the 1800’s.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel of Twin Falls, Idaho. Condolences may be left at www.reynoldschapel.com.