Leonard Edward McCutcheon
May 5, 1930 – June 25, 2018
Leonard E. McCutcheon passed away early Monday morning June 25, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife June Lois Stansell McCutcheon. He is survived by his four children, Cheryl Bradley, Ray McCutcheon, David McCutcheon and Mary Browning. He had 7 grandchildren, Chris Bagnall, Katie Holcomb, Michael McCutcheon, Cody McCutcheon, Jared Hudgins, Tyler Hudgins and Andrew Browning. He had 4 great grandchildren, Kinsley Hudgins, Julia Hudgins, Trent McCutcheon and Brock McCutcheon. Leonard is also survived by his sister Virginia Tingley and a brother Jimmy McCutcheon.
Leonard was born on May 5, 1930 in Carlsbad, NM. He graduated from Artesia High School in 1948. He was in the army for 2 years. After returning home from the army Leonard married June Lois Stansell on August 8, 1954. A year later in September they had their first of four children, Cheryl Lynn McCutcheon. Following her was Leonard Ray, David Tull, and finally the fourth Mary Lynn in 1966.
They lived in Artesia, NM for most of their young married years, eventually moving to Big Spring, TX in 1971. Leonard worked in the oil fields for Leonard Nichols Oil Company until it sold to Chevron whereupon he became a foreman.
Leonard retired from Chevron in 1976 and purchased a Texaco oil distributorship in Big Spring, TX. He ran it until it closed in 1992. While running the Texaco distributorship, June and Leonard opened a men's clothing store in Big Spring in 1984. All the while keeping an eye on their family ranch in Ruidoso, NM.
After closing both the clothing store and the distributorship, Leonard moved to Ruidoso where he spent most of the rest of his life. He will be remembered as the nice man that would sit and talk to anyone. It could be said that when he spoke to someone he was never speaking to a stranger. To him they were all friends in their own right.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 1pm-9pm CST at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 2pm CST. A graveside service will be held at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, NM on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 2pm MT.
- Cheryl Bradley, Daughter
- Ray McCutcheon, Son
- David McCutcheon, Son
- Mary Browning, Daughter
- Chris Bagnall, Katie Holcomb, Michael McCutcheon, Cody McCutcheon, Jared Hudgins, Tyler Hudgins, and Andrew Browning, Grandchildren
- Kinsley Hudgins, Julia Hudgins, Trent McCutcheon, Brock McCutcheon, Great Grandchildren
- Virginia Tingley, Sister
- Jimmy McCutcheon, Brother
- Visitation Sunday, July 1, 2018
- Memorial Service Monday, July 2, 2018
- Graveside Service Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Leonard Edward McCutcheon
June 29, 2018
My Proudest Moment
The proudest moment that I remember of my dad was at a Texaco Distributorship regional meeting in Lubbock, TX. This was a meeting where all the Texaco oil distributors came to hear all of Texaco’s latest programs and decide which they would participate in. We had sat through the first day’s meetings and were having a drink with our regular Texaco rep and a new industrial sales rep.
As we sat there and talked, the new industrial rep seemed very interested in our two biggest oil accounts, even asking if we could arrange for him to meet them. Dad said it could possibly be arranged, but asked why he was so interested. The new rep proudly told us that his job was to go to these bigger accounts and try to get them on direct delivery from Texaco. If they did this, that would mean bypassing us completely in the sales process. He was blatantly asking us to take him out to these accounts to introduce him and help sell without us. My dad calmly said well what would I get out of this proposition? The new rep said that we would get a commission, about a measly 3% of the sales.
Now as everyone knows my dad did not like confrontation and went out of his way to get along with everyone. This was especially true when dealing with Texaco. He would do things for them that really did not benefit us very much, but he wanted to be a team player. That fact about his personality made what followed even more shocking.
The rep tried to reinforce his point by saying that Texaco could sell to them cheaper and better than we could, so we might as well just go along with his plan. Dad thought for a moment, and said “Are you sure about that?” The rep smugly replied of course, they could sell it cheaper than we could buy it. My dad just calmly looked at him and asked “Can you give it away? No? Well I can”. The rep didn’t know how to reply to that, and that was the last we heard from this rep about meeting our customers.
June 28, 2018
Poem named Safely Home
I am home in heaven, dear ones
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
in this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
every restless tossing passed.
I am now at peace forever,
safely home in heaven at last.
There is still work waiting for you,
so you must not idly stand.
Do it now, while life remaineth,
you shall rest in God's own land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home.
Ah, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!