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George W. Cutchens

September 18, 1927October 12, 2020
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George William Cutchens, a passionate, experienced pilot, took his final flight on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the age of 93. He passed away in his home, surrounded by his loved ones. George was born in Newport News, VA on September 18, 1927. He attended high school in Denver, CO. In 1943, as WWII raged, George joined the Merchant Marines, serving aboard the SS La Placentia, SS Cape Chalmers and the SS Apache Canyon. He later joined the Army Air Corp and retired from the United States Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant. George served his country during WWII, the Korean War and the Viet Nam conflict. He traveled the world during his military service and as a civilian, working as Northrop Aircraft Corporation’s second in command on the King Fahad Air Base in Taif, Saudi Arabia and later in Switzerland as a consultant to the Swiss Air Force. He also worked for Disney helping to construct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and for the Bendix Corporation at Cape Canaveral during the Apollo missions. Sometimes known affectionately as “TFB”, he excelled in tough situations, winning military commendations and the respect of those he worked with. George also loved animals and donated generously to the Humane Society, helping to fund the building of an animal hospital. His favorite place to be was at the airport with his community of close friends who shared a love of planes, most especially Ron Simonton, the only living person who got away with calling him “Georgie”. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his generosity, spirit of adventure and for his willingness to go out of his way to help when people were in need. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lt. Col. Phillip Haug and Dorothy Saunders Haug, loving wife, Delores (Dolly), son-in-law, Terry Crenshaw, and sister, Saundra Haug Spangler. Survivors include his daughters: Paula Crenshaw, Marcia Calhoun (John) and Lora Campbell (Gary) and long-time companion, Barbara Scheve. George is also survived by his brother, Paul Haug and grandchildren: Shange Crenshaw, Amanda Crenshaw Amos, Rane William Robinson, Amy Calhoun Baskin, Joshua Everett Robinson, Crystal Dawn Campbell and Madison Anne Calhoun. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and two granddogs, Sport and Margo.

A visitation for George will be held Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 4 to 6 PM at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, Florida 33759. A funeral service will occur Monday, October 19, 2020 from 10 to 11 AM, 2853 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, Florida 33759. A committal service and burial will occur Monday, October 19, 2020 from 2 to 2:30 PM at Bushnell National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, Florida 33513. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sylvanabbey.com for the Cutchens family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

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George W. Cutchens

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Ann & Mac Rigby

October 19, 2020

George was a very dear and true friend. We have known him for 20 years since first visiting the airpark from the UK. He made Ann welcome at the park while I was getting my private license, one day he took Ann, our son Dale and daughter Annette for a flight where we flew in formation, side by side.
Our friendship endured over the years, we had some wonderful times together. Our visits to Florida will not be the same without George, he was always there for us and we have some wonderful memories. We feel that our lives are richer for having him for a friend.

You have made your final landing George, rest in peace.

Mac, Ann, Dale and Annette Rigby
UK

Caron Race Sintos

October 18, 2020

Thankful for all his help and support while married to my mom. He enabled my son and I to move into a place to live when making the move from Chicago to Florida. Helped facilitate the purchase of condo I'm now in. The visits to Switzerland were great unforgettable memories when he and my mom lived there. Again thankful for his kindness to us.

Sissy Marden

October 17, 2020

Cutch (George) told me stories of joining the Merchant Marines at 16, becoming Chief M/Sgt and working for Northrop. He and my Dad would go fishing and we would have fried fish and hush puppies. They had been stationed together at several air bases. He was a wonderful friend who was there when I needed him but we couldn’t talk politics. He made excellent steaks, spaghetti and beef stew. I will miss our visits a lot.
XOXO Sissy

Rane Robinson

October 16, 2020

We will miss him.

Barbara Scheve

October 14, 2020

Ron Simonton

October 14, 2020

Really going to miss my best buddy!

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