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Larry E. Hutchinson

Larry passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego.

He was born September 4, 1931 in Plainwell, the son of Leo and Lida (Derhammer) Hutchinson. Larry was a 1949 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a jet engine mechanic during the Korean War. Larry worked at Mac Sim Bar and for 27 years at General Motors until his retirement.

In his free time he enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and working with his tractor. Most of all Larry loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Larry was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego. On January 28, 1956 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo, he married Ardelle Gewiss who passed away in August 2021.

Surviving are his children, Julie (Dave) Levett of Allegan and Marty (Kelley) Hutchinson of Otsego; 8 grandchildren, Austin, Brady, Coleton, Meghan, Lyndsey, Justin, Sean and Sarah; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Hutchinson along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Kathie; sister, Elizabeth and brother, Russell.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family from 4-6 PM, Friday, February 4, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego, with Pastor Nathaniel Timmermann officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to

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Sherry and Ken Schumkaer

February 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm

I am so sorry to hear that Larry passed away. I have many fond memories of time spent in their home. He was always smiling and whistling. He was such a kind an nice man. My sympathies to his family who have lost a key piece in their lives. Joyous that he is reunited with Ardelle and Kathie in heaven.


Tracy (Fuss) Ienni

February 1, 2022 at 1:34 pm

So sorry for your loss Julie and Marty…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.


Sally A Laws

February 1, 2022 at 2:00 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this news. You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor. Larry was always outside doing something & almost running all the time. Hugs & Prayers to the family.


Diana L Clason

February 1, 2022 at 4:45 pm

So sorry for your loss my heart goes out to the family


Kathy Nogle

February 1, 2022 at 5:17 pm

I worked with Ardelle so had the privilege of meeting Larry several times. He was always happy and friendly whenever we met. Sending sympathies to the family.


Bonnie Goodacre

February 1, 2022 at 7:11 pm

Julie, thinking this is you , name address etc all match. If so Iam very sorry for your loss, condolences to you and your family. Hoping all is well with you, living in NC for the last 16+ yrs,but I get regular reports from family and friends on everyone. Take care of yourself, have always enjoyed knowing you.


Steven L Laws

February 2, 2022 at 2:52 pm

Marty Kellly and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad will be missed I still look across the street expecting to see him and if I beat him up that morning. Witch I usually did not . I miss him hollering hey neighbor across the street.

Larry was an incredible neighbor and friend all the hours he spent blowing snow for us all. Will not be forgotten. Till we meet again my friend.


Steve Laws

February 2, 2022 at 2:57 pm

Marty Kelly and family so sorry for your loss Larry will be missed I look across the street every day expecting to still see him and hollering hey neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You will be missed Larry till we meet again.


Cindy Whitaker

February 4, 2022 at 7:52 am

So very sorry to hear this. Such a genuinely nice person. I first met Larry when he started coming in to my dog business, and he sure did love his dogs, so honored I got to meet and talk to him everytime he came in. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Especially Marty and family.


Sue Derhammer Kovach

February 25, 2022 at 3:04 pm

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Larry. It has been years since our families have seen one another, but there are certainly memories from our past with our parents and Grandparents to cherish. I am one of Ernest and Lucille Derhammer’s 9 children. I hope your sweet memories of him will bring you peace and help to fill the void that his passing has left in your lives.


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