Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Reese Mart Hutcheson, USA, Retired

January 5, 1946November 2, 2012

Chaplain (LTC) Reese Mart Hutcheson, USA, Ret. went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at the Temple VA Hospital surrounded by his loving wife, family, friends and colleagues.

He was born to Edrie and Mart Hutcheson on January 5th, 1946 in Camden, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Ingrid Hutcheson, who he married in 1985; daughters Shannon Gordon and Susan and husband Andy Lockhart of Van Buren AR; stepdaughters Beatrix Paden and Jeanette and husband David Finney of Florence TX; three sisters, two brothers, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Upon graduation from high school, he attended Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Agriculture. He was then accepted to the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee where he found his true calling and obtained his Masters in Divinity.

Chaplain Hutcheson joined the US Army in 1983 and began a 22 year career serving this great nation and all of those called to do so. During this service he was stationed with the 54th Signal Battalion - Ft. Hood TX, 160th Signal Brigade - Karlsruhe FRG, USAG - Ft. Meade MD, l " Cavalry Division - Ft. Hood TX, Third Signal Brigade - Ft. Hood TX, 293rd Base Support Battalion - Mannheim FRG, First Armor Training Brigade - Ft. Knox KY and 89th MP Brigade - Ft. Hood TX. He was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1994 and 1995, and to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. He loved the men and women he served with as if they were family.

He retired in 2005 after a long and distinguished career marked by many honors including the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. Upon retirement, Chaplain Hutcheson continued to give his time to many organizations helping those in need including the Kairos Prison Ministry.

He was an avid gardener and loved to photograph wildlife and spend long hours on his family farm in Arkansas. He also enjoyed smoking his pipe, talking with friends, a good meal and a great book.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 6th at Crawford and Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Services will be held at 11 :OOam on Wednesday, November 7th at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Killeen with graveside services following at 1 :OOpm at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery. A luncheon for family and friends will be served at the VFW Post 9192 on Wolf St. at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ALS Association ( or the Second Chance Animal Shelter (


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Reese Mart Hutcheson, USA, Retired

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Amy Wagnon Layne

July 14, 2016

We are all so sorry to loose such a great man way to early in life! He was a great uncle and was such a joy to be around! Love to all the family!

Charles Smith

November 27, 2012

I first met Reese in Paragould in the early 70's. His first pastorate my first job as a cop. I came to Van Buren a year after he did. Until he went active duty in the Army he was perhaps the best friend I had in the world. Through his Army years our only contact were Christmas cards and a few visits but I will always hold a special place in my heart for Reese. Few people have the ability to touch the very souls of people as he did. We had some interesting adventures together and I look forward to seeing him again. May God bless and watch over his family

Rob Endter

November 8, 2012

I am blessed to have served with Reese at the Altar of St. Martin's as a LEM. The times he was there for my family and my church family. He will always hold a special place in my family's heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. As so many have said, he is in a better place. Thank you for being a great Pastor and friend. Rob and Evi Endter

Henryk Zaleski

November 7, 2012

Rest in peace Padre.

For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud

November 7, 2012

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Chaplain Reese Mart Hutcheson our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Chaplain Hutcheson. And to Chaplain Hutcheson it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom while serving as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. Chaplain Hutcheson, you are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Chaplain Hutcheson's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

5J Hospice

November 7, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers our with your family at this trying time. Please know that we are thankful to your family for allowing us to get to know Mr. Hutcheson and that he is considered a part of our family. He will truly be missed by all.

Jim Varnell

November 6, 2012

Your love and wisdom will always be a memory in my mind . May God comfort the family in your departure to his heavenly home. Thank you so much for the dedication to your God,country and family.
Sir I salute you and your life.
Jim Varnell

Gordon Maroney

November 6, 2012

Our prayers at St John's Camden Arkansas are with you in your sorrow. I met Reese at Southern State College and always looked forward to visiting with him when he visited St. John's

Rev Gordon Maroney

November 6, 2012

Ingrid, Otto and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Reese was a remarkable man and the best neighbor anyone could have asked for. I'll never forget when Otto and I had our 20 year wedding anniversary party in our back yard in October of 2011. I looked up and there was Reese walking up to us with his bible in hand ready to renew our wedding vows. Otto and Reese set it up as a surprise to me...and what a wonderful surprise it was! It was a real pleasure to have known him. I admire you so much for taking such awesome care of Reese during his difficult days. May God Bless you and your family!
Laura & Otto Wiederhold

Sam Hutcheson

November 6, 2012

Reece. My cousin. Member of Tulip Creek Swim Club. Big Game hunter. Servant to many. Honored and decorated Army Chaplain. My comrade-in-arms. No more battles. He is missed.