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Gerald Paul "Jerry"  Hutchison

Gerald Paul "Jerry" Hutchison
  • June 6, 1953 - June 20, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing.My sincerest sympathy, Nancy Hutchison Carr Aronovitz6JFgN ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Aronovitz - Rochester, MI

“Jerry was a one-of-a-kind friend and co-worker, and he was always able to make me laugh. His big smile was infectious, and even when we were working...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Linda Morrison - Battle Creek, MI

“My sympathy for your loss and complicated end of life illness. He was a good Dial-a-ride manager for Marshall ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Dianna DeYoung - Marshall, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry's family. Jerry was one of the people that really made us feel welcome when we first moved to Battle Creek. ...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy McGlynn - Friend

“We are so sad to hear of Jerry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Beth and his family. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“Beth, Merideth and Lindsey, I am so sorry for this tremendous loss in your life. Your write up of Jerry's life was beautiful and a wonderful...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Craig and Diane Leatherman - MI

“So sorry to hear this. Jerry was a client when I was at WBCK years ago. I liked working with him and his positive spirit. May he Rest In Peace. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Arlene Tannis - Battle creek, MI

“Our family is sorry to hear of Jerry's passing your write up was very special and said it all so eloquently. He was a great communicator and genuine...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Diana and Tom Cole - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry for your loss. My memories of Hutch girl back baby years, the fondest of those of when we went pheasant hunting in the thumb with my brother...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Jordan - Shelby Township, MI

“I was so sorry to hear that Jerry had passed. I knew Jerry from our Rock Steady boxing class. He always had a smile on his face and at times, he came...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Debbie Beard - Marshall, MI

“Beth, Lindsey and Meredith: We are so sad that Jerry has passed. We will always remember Jerry for his fun-loving spirit and wonderful good nature....Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Paul & Jean Kline - Battle Creek, MI

“Beth, Meredith, Lindsey and entire family- My deepest condolences to you all. My heart it broken by this news. Jerry was always do pleasant to talk...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Lisa Johnson Redman Agency - MI

“He was the absolute best dance partner iv ever had from rocking out to the queens jamming to some disco or a nice slow dance to Louis Armstrong (what...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Ellen Geove - Battle Creek, MI

“I had the pleasure of working with Jerry, in fact he's the one that interviewed and hired me for the City of Marshall as a dial-a-ride driver. There...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Juanita Main - Marshall, MI

“Always enjoyed visiting Jerry,Beth & family when in Mi with Claire.Dearth Leaves a Heartache No One Can HealLove Leaves a Memory no One Can...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Joyce Hearn - Daytona BeachShotes, FL

“I worked with Jerry at the City of Marshall Dial a ride he was an Amazing boss and a friend to all that knew him he always talked about his family ...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Sandra Faulkner - Battle Creek, MI

“Deepest condolences to the family on the passing of Jerry. He was such a huge help when I started the grants at BC Transit. He will be missed. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: COLLEEN BOHN - Richland, MI

“Jerry-Was a wonderful and kind man. We worked creatively on various programs throughout the years-he always looked for ways to a yes. Will be...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Jim Blocker - Battle Creek, MI

“Jerry and I worked together quite a bit when he worked for the City and I was new to the City. I remember him so fondly as someone who was always so...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Sarah VanWormer - Richland, MI

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Gerald "Jerry" Paul Hutchison, loving husband of 42 years to Beth Hutchison, beloved father to Lindsey and Meredith Hutchison, grandfather, brother, uncle, son, and public servant, died on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was 67. The cause was Lewy Body Dementia.

Jerry Hutchison served the Battle Creek community for over 31 years at Battle Creek Transit. Jerry began his career as a Transit Planner and served the latter half of his career as Transit Administrator and Manager, retiring in 2010. At Battle Creek Transit, Jerry was best known and highly respected for his tenacious work ethic and compassion. He was a devoted advocate for the elderly and persons with disabilities, working tirelessly to write federal grants to obtain funding for local initiatives. Additionally, he served as a legislative liasion to implement regulations mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Jerry's colleagues remember him for his commitment to serve others, his sense of humor, and his infectious positive and optimistic approach to life.

Jerry graduated in 1973 from Midland High School in Midland, Michigan and in 1977 he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Urban Development Transportation Planning from Michigan State University. In 1994, Jerry was awarded a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He was also a Battle Creek Community Leadership Academy graduate, as well as a 1992 Dale Carnegie graduate. Jerry began his professional career as a Transportation Planner in Green Bay/Brown County, Wisconsin in 1978. During Jerry's career, he served on many state and local committees, including the Michigan Public Transit Association Board of Directors and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transit Local Advisory Council and Local Coordinating Council. Jerry ended his career serving as Transit Manager for the City of Marshall, Michigan. In all, he worked over 35 years in the field of public transportation and city government administration.

Jerry was born on June 6, 1953 in Midland, Michigan, a twin and the seventh of eight children raised by Ira and Mary Hutchison. Jerry grew up in a loving, close-knit family; he loved to find the humor in all things. Living in such a large family gave him endless opportunities to do just that and to make a home of love and laughter when he had his own children and grandchildren.

The loves of Jerry's life were his wife, Beth, and their two daughters, Lindsey and Meredith. Jerry and Beth first met at Michigan State University in 1975 when they attended a McDonel Hall dormitory dinner. Oddly enough, their first date was a horse rodeo at Michigan State where he told Beth he was a twin, one of eight children, and wanted to go to clown school in Colorado. And so began their courtship and a lifelong partnership. Jerry and Beth Ann Matonic were united in marriage on August 26, 1978, at St. Valentine Catholic Church in Redford Township, Michigan and traveled to Europe as their first major trip together. Jerry and Beth were blessed with nearly 42 years of marriage. The foundation of their marriage and family life was built on love, friendship, and partnership.

Jerry was the best father Lindsey and Meredith could have asked for. He loved them deeply, and treasured every moment he spent with them. He challenged Lindsey and Meredith to be curious about life and the world. Jerry supported them steadfastly and always encouraged them to pursue their dreams. He was a loving, kind, funny, sweet, and comforting father. To be able to fully convey the kind of man and father Jerry was, in words, is impossible. He lives on within us.

The weeks spent in Beulah at Crystal Lake each summer were a sacred family event (a family tradition Jerry's parents began when he was seven years old). Over years of beautiful northern Michigan summers, a treasure of Hutchison family memories was created, with Jerry at the forefront. Jerry loved to scuba dive and regaled his family and friends with stories of diving shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and the Caribbean on family trips, sharing his wonder at the brilliant colors of marine life. Beth, Lindsey, and Meredith will also always remember the years of their explorations around the United States on family trips, with Jerry belting out songs in the car. Jerry also loved to read and would say he felt lost without a good book.

In 2015, Jerry and Beth were blessed with their first grandchild, Hensley Ann. Hensley brought Jerry immeasurable joy. He absolutely relished his role as 'grandpa,' and loved playing with Hensley every chance he got. Hensley delighted in dancing with Jerry and growing tomatoes together. He loved Hensley as he loved Beth, Lindsey and Meredith: unwavering, and with all his heart. In 2019, grandson Lincoln Paul was born. In honor of Jerry, Lincoln was given Jerry's middle name. Though late in his disease, Jerry loved to hold and kiss Lincoln.

Jerry was a gentle, kindred spirit. He always had a twinkle in his eye. Jerry hugged intensely. When he saw you, he smiled with love and delight. He emanated warmth and kindness; he made everyone feel special. He had a beautiful, strong speaking voice and a terrible, but loud, singing voice. Jerry will be remembered for his positive, always optimistic approach to life; keen and oh-so-quick sense of humor; generous kindness; enormous love of both children, adults and Golden Retrievers; and above all, devotion to his family.

Jerry had a public servant's heart for the community and for making a positive difference. In addition to his public administration career and work with the elderly and persons with disabilities, Jerry served as a community volunteer with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) as registrar and coach, as well as with the Cereal City Festival and World's Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek. Jerry especially enjoyed volunteering at St. Joseph Elementary School where he read to students in Beth's classroom and others. He will be remembered for his genuine interest in the children and teachers' lives and his bright spirit.

During Jerry's