Scott W. Hutchinson, age 93, of Casper, Wyoming, formerly of Wichita, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Scott was born December 4, 1928 in De Queens, AR, the son of Claude and Clara (Masterson) Hutchinson.
He was united in marriage to Mary Francis "Fran" (Bode) Hutchinson of Wichita for 48 years until her passing in 2002. He and Fran had one child, Brian Scott. He died in 1957. Scott was a graduate of Argentine High School in Kansas City, Kansas.
Scott was fortunate to have traveled many places, both stateside and abroad, and always loved to share his many stories and jokes with everyone. He was also an avid football fan, fisherman, loved western tv shows, singing, doing his crossword puzzles, along with traveling in his motorhome when he was able and was a lover of dogs.
Scott was a WW II veteran. After his discharge from the Air Force, he worked as a civilian for the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri. During this time, Scott attended night school and obtained his FAA Aircraft and Powerplant License. Scott worked for Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas as an instructor in the Beech Technical Center where he taught pilot and maintenance classes from 1966 to 1973. He traveled all over the country doing mobile training classes. In 1973, he moved to Lockhaven, Pennsylvania, and set up the Training Center for Piper Aircraft and established Pilot and Maintenance schools in Lockhaven, Lakeland, Florida, Vero Beach, Florida and Paris, France.
After leaving Piper, he went back into civil service and worked at Fort Carson, Colorado, again specializing in Instrument and Autopilot repair. Then in 1980, he worked for the FAA at the field office in Broomfield, Colorado. In 1983 he was promoted to Principle Airworthiness Inspector and transferred to the FAA office in Casper, Wyoming, where he remained until his retirement on December 30, 1980.
After his retirement, he started his own business as an Aviation Consultant and for many years worked for several attorneys that specialize in aviation law. He was fortunate to be selected to go on an Honor Flight from Wyoming to Washington, D.C., and enjoyed every minute of it.
Scott is survived by his 'adopted" family Rob and Kathy Clover of Macy, Indiana; grandchildren Amanda (Allen) Lovro, Norwich, North Dakota; Angie (Joel) Lowe, Macy, Indiana, and 5 great-grandchildren Scott and Mariah Lovro, Kyler, Alexa and Emmie Lowe; sister-in-law Patricia Van Haverbeke; and several nieces and nephews. We would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Meadow Wind Assisted Living in Casper, for taking very good care of Scott the past several years and to CaringEdge Hospice.
In addition to his wife and son, Scott is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Lester, Claude Jr., Elmer, and Harold.
Graveside services with Air Force Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Ascension Cemetery, 7200 E. 45th Street N., Bel Aire, KS 67226.
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