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THOMAS LEE HUTCHESON
October 13, 1944 ~ December 27, 2012
Thomas Hutcheson was born in Vancouver, WA on Oct. 13, 1944 to Robert and Ruby Hutcheson. He passed away on Dec. 27, 2012 at 68 years old after a brief but valiant fight with Prostate cancer. Tom was raised on a farm in the Hockinson area and enjoyed outdoor activities spending his summers fishing and hunting and forging lifelong friendships with many of his Battle Ground High School classmates.
After school, Tom worked briefly in the logging industry before enlisting in the Army and was sent overseas to fight in the Vietnam War. After serving three years, he returned to Vancouver and met the love of his life, Pam King, while he was working at the Moose Lodge bartending. They dated only a few months before they were married on August 17, 1968.
In 1975, their first child, Jason, was born followed by their daughter, Nikki, in 1979.
Tom worked for many years as a general contractor, framing new construction homes in the 70's and early 80's. He later worked remodeling homes.
Tom enjoyed spending time with his friends at the VFW post 7824 where he was a life member, and sharing a good drink and cigars at Shanahan's Pub. He especially enjoyed reading western books and watching western movies. He also liked to share his advice on the stock market to anyone who would listen and stayed current on political events.
He will be missed tremendously by his wife of 44 years, Pam; son, Jason Hutcheson; daughter, Nikki McMahon; sisters, Irene Lyon, De Geiser, Marolyn Carr and Debbie Brewer; two granddaughters, Bailee McMahon and Autumn McMahon, and a grandchild on the way; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and big brother, Frank Ford.
There will be a memorial service for Tom at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Sun., Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. Afterwards, there will be a Celebration of Life at the VFW 400 N. Andresen Road.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Southwest Washington.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the VFW Post 7824 in Tom's name.
Please sign his guestbook at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Jan. 1, 2013