Services and burial with military honors were held at Glen Abbey Cemetery in Chula Vista, Calif.
Born May 17, 1912, in Shackelford, he was the son of the late Thomas Rea Hutson and Lillian Fruillia Faulconer Hutson. On Oct. 30, 1940, in Yuma, Ariz., he married Mary Alice Malott of Herndon, who preceded him in death. He lived in Saline County until joining the U.S. Navy at the age of 18, in which he served for 20 years. On Oct. 6, 1943, his ship the Chevalier was sunk by the Japanese in the Solomon Islands. He received a letter of commendation for his actions that night from Admiral William F. Halsey, commander of the South Pacific force. He worked in civil service in San Diego, Calif., and later the San Diego County Library as a carpenter, building much of the furniture currently in use at San Diego branch libraries. He coached Little League baseball and enjoyed quail hunting with his son and horseback riding, riding for many years in parades with Bar-O Riding Club in San Diego.
Survivors include one son, William "Bill" Hutson and wife Debra of Sherman Oaks, Calif., one granddaughter, Daniella Hutson of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and one nephew, Robert Wayne Peterson of Marshall.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Paul Mark Hutson; and one sister, Agnes.
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