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Mr. Robert L. "Bob" Hutson

Mr. Robert L. "Bob" Hutson
  • August 22, 1947 - December 3, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • First Tee of Battle Creek
    7255 B. Drive South
    Battle Creek, MI 49014

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“Not just a classmate but a highly valued teammate, I still hear Bob's laughter as we prepared for a critical game or we were in the heat of a game,...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Vertlee Trice - Grand Rapids, MI

“What a treasure Bob was. We had so much fun at Ottawa Hills. He was a great athlete and I loved watching him play basketball. You could always...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jane Overmire Keller - ROCKFORD, MI

“Just a good friend from My luck Park. We played a lot of ball together.... A friend. Sick Dubridge ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Richard Dubridge - Friend

“Bob was one those people that we "younger" generation of Ottawa Hills athletes looked up to and wanted to emulate. One of the most...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Pat Smith - Grand Rapids, MI

“Sue and family, I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I remember him as always smiling. I know that he will be missed, but he will always be...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Diana Nobbs Stuart - Marshall, MI

“I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I remember him fondly from our days at Southwest. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy Wanner - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to learn that Bob is no longer with us. I only knew Bob in high school and he always had a positive impact on those around him. My...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mike Dunn - Antioch, IL

“Small in stature but big in heart. Always wanted to be on Bob's team for neighborhood sports games. 3 varsity letters X 3 years in high school. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Gary Van Eerden - Columbus, IN

“Sue,Kris and Eric my condolences to each of you for your loss, may God grant you peace in this time of sorrow. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Steve Ramirez - Marshall, MI

“So very sorry for Bob's family and friends. Having graduated from OHHS with Bob and seeing him at reunions over the years , he always had a smile and...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Gretchen Perrott Fuelling - CA

“My sympathy to the family. Bob was a man of integrity, joy and encouragement. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie MacGregor/Kroes - G.R., MI

“Sue, Kris, Eric and families My heart was broken hearing that Bob had passed. Your family has always been very special to me. Please know your in my...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Michele Boone Stuart - Union City, MI

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Robert L. "Bob" Hutson, age 70, of Battle Creek, died Sunday morning, December 3, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids on August 22, 1947, the son of Russ and Minnie (VanderWeide) Hutson. Bob graduated from Ottawa Hills High School of Grand Rapids in 1965. He joined the United States Navy that same year and served out of Norfolk, VA until 1968. Bob graduated from Western Michigan University with a BS in Education in 1972. He worked for ServiceMaster Management Corp. for 16 years and owned his own ServiceMaster franchise, serving Calhoun County for 10 years.

Bob married Susan E. "Sue" Conklin at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek on November 16, 1968; she survives. He is also survived by his children, Kris (Mike) Johnson of Marshall and Eric Hutson of Alma, MI; four grandchildren, Joseph (Ashley) Hutson of Battle Creek, Anthony (Sarah) Ramirez of Marshall, Allison Johnson of Marshall and Brittany Johnson of Baldwin, MI; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Evelyn, Lucia, Adilyn, Weston, Riley, Bentley and Zariah; and two sisters, Patricia (Mike) Piechocki and Rosemary Jeruzal, both of Rockford.

Bob loved sports and especially loved watching his grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing basketball and golf. He was a member of the Hope Reformed Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek & Marshall. He was a leader of the Middle School Youth Group and taught Adult Sunday School. More than anything, Bob truly loved his family.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 6th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where funeral services to celebrate Bob's life will be held 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 7th. Interment with full military honors will be held privately at the Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the First Tee of Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Bob may be placed at