Robert Ayers Hutchison – Dodge City Daily Globe

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February 25, 1932 – November 13, 2022 Robert Ayers Hutchison, 90, died November 13, 2022, in the arms of his beloved wife of 69 years, Pat, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Randy (Debie), of Centennial, CO, and his son Jim (Sondra), of Hutchinson, 6 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Robert Ayers Hutchison was born on February 25, 1932 in Greeley, CO to Carl and Clemma (Hutchison) Ayers. Bob’s mother died of pneumonia two days after he was born. Since Carl had 5 older children to care for, he asked Clemma’s brother and his wife, Hartzel and Bertha (Converth) Hutchison, to care for Bob until Carl could make arrangements to care for him. from him at a later date. It wasn’t long before Hartzel and Bertie loved Bob as their own. Bob was raised by his aunt and uncle on their modest farm 16 miles northwest of Dodge City. He graduated from Dodge City High School in 1950 and Fort Hays State University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1969, he earned a master’s degree in teaching from Western State University in Gunnison, Co.

The Albert Wasson family farmed a few miles from the Hutchisons. Bob had known this family for several years. He was in love with their daughter, Patsy. They married on August 23, 1953, three months after Patsy graduated from Dodge City High School. Bob has spent his life as an educator, teaching industrial arts at Garden City, Tribune, Flagler, CO and Eagle CO. In 1964 he switched to teaching 6th grade when they moved to Aurora, CO where he taught for the next 15 years. Bob has always loved automobiles and has spent many years in the auto repair business. Bob and Pat then moved to Gunnison, CO where they enjoyed their love of snowmobiling in the winter and 4 wheeling in the summer. They then returned to Dodge City and then settled in Hutchinson where they have lived for 17 years. Bob was a Para in the Hutchinson School District until 3 years ago when he finally retired.

Bob was an exceptional husband, father and grandfather. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with Seth Hamilton officiating. The memorial service can be viewed online by going to Robert’s obituary and selecting the “Click here to view the memorial service” link. The cremation has taken place. Friends can sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elliott Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested at First Christian Church- Dodge City, c/o Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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