The world lost the “best of the best” when Ewing Rudolph (“Rudy”) Hutchins passed away on Dec. 20, 2017, at the age of 94, in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was born March 1, 1923, to Ernest and Mary Lou Harris Hutchins in Ardmore, Okla. Growing up during the Great Depression and orphaned by the age of 10, Rudy learned early on the value of family ties and hard work. As a boy, he worked as a telegram messenger, cotton picker, and drug store “soda jerk.” A WWII veteran, Rudy joined the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theatre during the war. One of his favorite memories was traveling at the age of 82, to Washington D.C., with his nine year old grandson, Joseph, daughter, and son to see the WWII memorial. Rudy attended Texas Christian University before making the Air Force his career for 20 years. After marrying Lucille Marchesi of Denver, Colorado, in June, 1954, they raised three children, Brett, Rebecca, and Holly. The family traveled the world with the Air Force, living in Tokyo, Japan; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tucson, Ari.; and Anchorage, Alaska, before Rudy retired and the family settled in Denver. Upon retiring, Rudy joined the Veteran’s Administration and the family moved to Martinsburg, West Virginia; Grand Junction, Colo.; and Los Angeles, Cali. Retiring for the second time, Rudy and Lucille made their home in Fort Collins, Colo., to be near family.
Rudy was a man who found good in every person. He was a true patriot who deeply loved his country and was very proud of his son’s Air Force career and his Marine Corps grandson, Thomas. He played checkers to win but always coached his opponent in moves to beat him! For years, he and our mother modeled “faith in action” by volunteering in many activities at their parish church, St Joseph’s. Rudy’s generosity of spirit and “treasure” knew no bounds.
Rudy is predeceased by his parents and his wife, Lucille. He leaves a sister, Dorothy Bowman of Kansas; and his three children: Holly (Larry) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Brett (Deanna) of Tampa, Florida; and Becky (Tony) of Fort Collins. He also is survived by ten grandchildren: Matthew Gosch, Brooke Hutchins, Shelby Jones, Nick Black, Meghan Jeffs, William Filener, Joseph Filener, Morgan Hutchins, Thomas Filener, and Elisabeth Filener; and five great grandchildren: Anthony, Scarlett, Hannah, Wren, and Clay. Funeral services were held in Colorado.