Robert Gordon Hutchison

Robert (Bob) Gordon Hutchison, age 82, Loma Linda, passed away on Saturday morning, July 17, 2021 at his home with family by his side.

Bob was born February 16, 1939 in Clay City, Illinois, son of the late Robert Franklin Hutchison and Hazel Bernice (Stanford) Hutchison. He graduated from Clay City High School, and then graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, with a degree in Journalism. He then served in the United States Army for two years.

In January 1965, Bob married the love of his life, Barbara Jo Adams, and resided in the St. Louis area for almost ten years. He then lived in Sullivan, Missouri, where he and Barbara raised their four children. Bob experienced a fulfilling 30-year career at Maritz Motivation, INC, Fenton, MO. After retiring, he and Barbara moved to Loma Linda in 2004 to be near family in Joplin.

Bob was a dedicated family man, and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and brother- and sister-in-law, Jim and Kathy Adams. He was an active member of his community, serving on the Loma Linda Board of Trustees, as well as his church, serving as deacon and volunteering in various outreaches. His passion was sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by helping those in need. He did this through his involvement with Gideons International, Watered Gardens Ministries, Mission Joplin, Life Choices crisis pregnancy center, and benevolence outreaches through his church. In his free time he enjoyed spending time with friends and neighbors, playing golf, gardening, and corresponding with loved ones. More recently, he developed greeting cards for various occasions, which he often sent to family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Doyle.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Jo (Adams) Hutchison; children, Christine Paynton and husband Calvin of Wylie, Texas; Susan Crumley and husband John of Marion, IL; Robert Kim Hutchison and wife Crystal of Royersford, PA; and Alison Hillard and husband Rob of Carl Junction, MO; grandchildren, Garrett Paynton and wife Brittney, Matthew Paynton and wife Haylee, Megan Paynton, Samantha Paynton, Morgan Hutchison, Sydney Hutchison, Aidan Hillard, Cate Hillard, Julia Hillard, Rachel Hillard, Alanna Crumley, and Jaydon Crumley; great-grandchildren, Carter and Maverick; sister, Kyma Johnson and husband Gary; several nieces and nephews, and his favorite aunt, Wilma Knowles.

Funeral service will be Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Park Baptist Church, 730 S Range Line Rd, Joplin, with Gary Allen and John Crumley officiating.

The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Thursday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob’s honor to Watered Gardens at Parker Mortuary, Forest Park Baptist Church, or by visiting wateredgardens.org.

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