LEXINGTON—Funeral services for Rip Richard Hutson, 82, of Lexington were held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Lexington United Met ho dist Church in Lexington with Rev. Lance Richards officiating. A committal service was scheduled for 4

Hutson p. m. Wednesday at Montaque Cemetery in Cleveland.

Mr. Hutson died Sunday, Feb. 12, at Burleson St. Joseph Health Center in Caldwell with his family in attendance.

He was born on Feb. 17, 1929, in Beaukiss to Forrest Munson and Bertha Lee (Oppelt) Hutson.

Mr. Hutson joined the U. S. Army on Jan. 11, 1951, and served during the Korean Conflict. He received a Pur ple Hear t for wounds he received in battle and was honorably discharged on Oct. 10, 1952, obtaining the rank of corporal.

He married Evon Billings on Oct. 24, 1953, in Houston.

Mr. Hutson was retired from A lcoa’s Rockdale Operation, where he had been employed as an overhead crane operator in the potrooms and was also an area rancher.

He was a member of Lexington United Methodist Church and Lexington Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Hutson played the piano, guitar and fiddle and enjoyed vacationing and traveling, especially w ith his children and grandchildren.

He was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix or build anything. He particularly enjoyed rebuilding old tractors and antique autos and would show them at area antique shows and parades.

Mr. Hutson was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Evon Hutson of Lexington; three children, Denyce and Hollins Spence of Rockdale, Judy and Larr y Spitzenberger of Giddings, Rusty and Janice Hutson of Lexington; six grandchildren, Dallas Spence of Dallas, Kayla and Erick Gilbert of Fairfield, Jennifer and William Brown of New Braunfels, Michelle Spitzenberger of College Station, Eric Hutson and Amy Morgan of Elgin, Natasha and Donnie Wofford of Elgin; seven great- grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Evan and Eli Gilbert of Fairfield, Caleb Hutson, Kelsi, Kaytin and Wesley Farris, all of Elgin; and two brothers, Harold and Ruth Hutson of Blue, Guy and Carolyn Hutson of Blue.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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