Robert G. Hutchinson
March 3, 1929 — Dec. 10, 2014

Robert G. Hutchinson of New Berlin passed away at his home on December 10, 2014, at the age of 85. Born on March 3, 1929, in Milwaukee, he was the son of William and Annette (Kopplin) Hutchinson.

After graduating from West Allis Central High School in 1947, he was united in marriage to Ruth Kolo on September 30, 1950. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. He was employed as a technician for Wisconsin Telephone for 39 1/2 years and enjoyed a long retirement. Robert loved to travel. He and his wife Ruth took many cruises throughout the years, and he enjoyed camping and canoeing with his family. He was a very active skier, and served as a member of the National Ski Patrol for many years. He was also an instructor with the Blizzard Ski School program. Additionally, Bob served as a ski guide to blind skiers with the Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD) program. He enjoyed big band jazz music, was a model railroad enthusiast, and an active competitive sailor with the Butterfly fleet of the Okauchee Lake Yacht Club.

He will be deeply missed by his children: son William D. (Linda) Hutchinson of Cottage Grove, Minn., and daughter Mary Ann Hutchinson of New Berlin; sisters Elizabeth (Hutchinson) Strempel of New Berlin and Marjorie (Hutchinson) Slack of Lafayette, Ga.; brothers-inlaw Richard (Margaret) Kolo of Greenfield and Robert (Esther) Wueste of Clemson, S.C.; along with many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and -nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by many lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 62 years, Ruth (Kolo) Hutchinson. Visitation will be at Krause Funeral Home on Saturday, December 13, with visitation at 4PM and services at 7PM. His final resting place will be at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Cemetery in Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name can be made to: Southeastern Wisconsin Lions BOLD, Inc. and sent to Ken Sosalla — Ski School Director, Southeastern Wisconsin Lions BOLD, Inc., 1507 E Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI 53189.

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