Kenneth Anderson Hutchinson
September 8, 1932 – October 13, 2020
Kenneth A. Hutchinson (09/08/32 – 10/13/20)
Ken Hutchinson passed away in Port Charlotte, Florida on Tuesday, October 13. He was 88.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 44 years Patricia, his niece, Lynn (Alan) Grier of Lakeland FL, his nephews John Smallwood of Baxter Tennessee and Ken Smallwood of Sault Ste Marie, his great nephews and niece Trevor and Austin Smallwood and Melissa (David) Post and great-great nephews Noah and David Post Jr. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Mariruth and brother-in-law Morris Smallwood who passed in 2014 and 1991 respectively, his nephew James Smallwood who passed away in 2007, his mother and father-in-law James R (Bob) and Catherine who passed in 2010 and 2012 respectively, and his sister-in-law Joanne Morgan who passed away in 2011.
Ken was born on September 8, 1932 to James Borland and Frances Hutchinson. He grew up in Duggar Indiana but moved with his family to Michigan when he was 14. He attended Cass Technical High School and then Wayne State University, where he received his bachelors, masters and PhD in Chemistry.
Dr Hutch, as he was fondly known to his co-workers, had a long and distinguished 30-year career at Detroit Edison. During his early days at Edison, he was sent to Oakridge National Laboratories for a year to study nuclear engineering. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing softball with his friends. In 1972, he was honored with the Alex Dow Award, Edison’s highest recognition for excellence. He was a long-time member of the Association of Analytical Chemists and in 1985 was presented with the Anachem Fellow Award.
Ken was a natural philosopher, who loved to entertain his friends with witticisms. He loved the land and enjoyed working on projects at his homes in Dansville Michigan and Port Charlotte Florida, where he and his wife wintered for the past 18 years. After retiring, to ensure that he was up to date on all the Michigan building codes, Ken obtained his Michigan builder’s license. Never idle, he also studied Mandarin Chinese at Schoolcraft College and studied Spanish while wintering in Florida.
Private funeral arrangements are being handled by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home in Port Charlotte, Florida. Go to www.kays-ponger.com and click on the Port Charlotte location to leave a memory or condolences for the family. Donations in memory of Ken can be sent to Ingram County Animal Shelter, 600 Curtis Street in Mason 48854 (517) 676-8370 or Charlotte County Computer Group Corporation (CCCGC), PO Box 494296, Port Charlotte, FL 33949 (941) 586-0356.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Kenneth Anderson Hutchinson
October 20, 2020
Ken and Pat have been longtime neighbors here in Port Charlotte, Fl. We know Ken to be a friendly, caring individual with a keen intellect and sense of humor. Our deepest sympathies to Pat and family. Sincerely, Shirley and Art Donaldson
October 16, 2020
My fondest memory of my Uncle Ken was that he is a true Christian by heart. Always helping those in need. I always called him Uncle and since a young girl he had a nickname for me of Lindy. And becoming friends on Facebook, he always loved the "Good Morning "photos I would share on his page. I knew he loved to write poems and one day he surprised me by writing a poem on one of the "Good Morning" photos I put on this page. And from that moment on I always shared a" Good Morning" photo on his page so that I could read his poem. They were my highlight of the day. Uncle, you will be missed so by your family here, but I also know you have found a new home with Jesus and your family members in Heaven. From your Niece Lindy and her husband Alan. Love you always!
October 15, 2020
I’m sorry to hear of Dr. Hutch passing. I cannot forget the time, as a young engineer, I asked Hutch to identify a powdery substance I had come across at a power plant. He looked at it, touched it to his tongue and pronounced his verdict. I was amazed and stunned.