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Ralph LaVar Hutchison
(August 18, 1928 - March 14, 2013)

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Ralph LaVar Hutchison

U.S. Veteran

Ralph L. Hutchison, 84, of Salmon, quietly passed away at his home surrounded by loving family on March 14, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Jones & Casey Funeral Home. “Hutch” rode into the world on August 18, 1928 in Blackfoot, Idaho, son of Carl Penman Hutchison and Ardella Emma Parks. They later moved to the Salmon area where he attended local schools and changed movie reels at the Roxy Theatre. At age 16 he started working on the Yearian Ranch until he was drafted into the Army in 1950. He served for two years during the Korean War for the 145th Infantry Regiment (Artillery) where he was a lineman maintaining communication lines between the Command Post and forward Observation Posts. He was honorably discharged and returned to the Salmon area where he went to work for various ranches in the area including the Nelson, Yearian and Amonson properties. During this time he met and married Wilma Ann Pugh in 1954. Together they raised four children; Daniel LaVar (Marla) Hutchison, Diana Lynn Trueax, Carl James (Terry) Hutchison and Lori Ann (Bruce) Banks. While raising this family he quit ranching and worked in the Cobalt Mine until the mine ceased operations. He divorced in 1968 and spent the next two years working for the U.S. Forest Service maintaining trails primarily in the Bighorn Crags Primitive Area. He then met and married Verla Armstrong in 1971. They raised two additional children; Cindy Lee (Larry) Scheihing and Debra Rae (John) Blood. During this time he worked on various construction projects until he began his career as an engineer for the Idaho Fish and Game Department in Salmon. He retired in 1990 and continued to reside in the local area. During retirement he spent many hours visiting with family, riding his horses, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, woodworking and driving supplies to numerous fire camps when called upon, are just a few of the many activities he enjoyed. He is survived by his loving wife Verla (Armstrong) Hutchison and sister Shirley Noll, along with several sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl Hutchison, Ardella Parks and step-father Clarence Mann; brothers: Lawrence (Nora) Hutchison, Frank (Betty) Hutchison; sisters: Thelma (Dean) Mahaffey, Eleanor (Barton) Casey, Jean (Bill) Brough and Opal(Bill) Smith and daughter Cindy (Larry) Scheihing. Our dad loved family, the outdoors, riding and wrangling horses. He was a good man who worked hard all his life and would lend a helping hand to all who asked. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him. Ralph requests that you make a memorial donation to your favorite charity.


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