Robert L. Hutchins

February 7, 1924April 13, 2013

Age 89, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Lansing MI. “Hutch” was born February 7, 1924 to John and Edith Hutchens in Lansing MI. He graduated from Eastern H.S. where he was the drum major for the state champion Boys Marching Band. Hutch was a veteran of WWII, proudly serving in the Marines on Guadalcanal and Okinawa, earning a purple heart. He became a licensed mortician in 1949, then a Michigan State Trooper in 1951, retiring in 1974. In 1975 he became a City of Lansing Court Officer and was later appointed Magistrate of 54A District Court, holding that position for 8 years before retiring for a second time. Hutch (also known to many as “Bones”) enjoyed playing his ‘rhythm bones’ for anyone that would listen and was a member of the Senior Class Band for many years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and was very proud of his family. He touched the lives of many people and will be truly missed. Hutch was preceded in death by a son, Paul (1985), his first wife Iva Lea, eight siblings; Margaret, Gertrude, Mildred, twin sister Elizabeth, John, Roy, Paul, and Charles. He is survived by his wife Helen, children; Sandra, Renee (Brett) Morton, Robert (Mary), Carol, David, stepdaughter Cheryl, six grandchildren; Aaron, John, Paul, Katherine, Christian and Jarrod, two great-grandchildren, Caden and Cassidy, and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 900 East Michigan Ave., Lansing. Funeral Services will be at 12 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michigan State Police Fallen Troopers Memorial Fund, 1715 Abbey Rd., Ste. B, East Lansing, MI 48823 or, The Lansing Safety Council, 3315 S Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 in memory of Robert L. Hutchins. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  • Funeral Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Larry Dorin

April 27, 2013

Helen & Family,
I am sorry for your loss of Hutch. I always enjoyed my visits with him when we walked at the mall, playing cards and visiting at the table. My condolences are with you.

Joel Clark

April 24, 2013

Bob and my Mother, Shirley Rowe Clark, were the last two first cousins of the Hocking Family. We were sorry to hear of Bob's passing just today. May God give comfort to the bereaved. And may God be glorified and praised.

Tom Ley

April 23, 2013

To Sandy and her Family,

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I have some fond memories of Mr. Hutchins. He always made me feel apart of your family and yet,at the age of 18 and dating his oldest daughter, I was definitely intimidated and knew my place. May the memories of your parents, through the strength and closeness of your family, always live on.

Bill & Nancy Wagner

April 22, 2013

My dear Helen & Family:

Nancy and I were so sorry to hear of Hutch's passing. Our condolences to you and your family. We are still in Florida or we would have been at the service. He will be dearly missed by all of us and we pray for comfort for you and your family in this time of great sorrow. Our Love always to you and your family.

Nancy Arnold

April 22, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of this man's passing. He was one of my favorite people while employed with the MSP. He was always kind and gracious to me. One of my favorite peole. My best to his wife, Helen. He was a wonderful man who made me laugh!! Thank You Hutch. Love to All!

Karri Smit Lambert

April 20, 2013

So very sorry to hear of Hutch's passing. He was such a great man and touched so many lives with his humor and kindness. Rest in Peace Hutchie Bunker.

Joe & Kathy Speybroeck

April 19, 2013

Just heard about your dad's passing. So sorry we were not there. Great memories of our softball days in Michigan. He was fun to be around and we will never forget him playing the bones at our wedding!... All our love to you and your family.

Marsha Curtis Boyer

April 18, 2013

"Hutch" was a good friend to my father; Lou Curtis. I remember him well. My Mother; Marj Curtis; passed away last month. She would have been 89 on May 1.My condolences to your family and friends.

Pat Mort

April 18, 2013

Hutch was one of the first enlisted members of the Department I met when I started in Records...he and Aren Huiskens were great examples of what I thought State Police should be. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tony Thias

April 17, 2013

I'm Tony Thias and a member of the Sr Class band. As a fellow band member it was such a pleasure to have Hutch with us providing the rhythm with his bones. He always had a big smile and a wonderful sense of humor that was contagious. At rehearsals we would exchange humor often. I would ask that we play Lady of Spain often as Hutch and his bones provided beautiful rhythms that the piece called for. Fortunately we recorded a disc. I listen to it often in my travels.
I was happy to visit Hutch at the Nursing home and share in the good times we had bringing music to seniors.
If Hutch will be honored with a military funeral it would be a privelege to play taps.
My sincerest condolences to all of his family and friends.