Funeral services for Rip Hutson, 82 of Lexington, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at the Lexington United Methodist Church in Lexington with Rev. Lance Richards officiating. A committal service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at the Montaque Cemetery in Cleveland, Texas. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lexington United Methodist Church.
Mr. Hutson passed away the night of Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the Burleson St. Joseph Health Center in Caldwell with all of his family in attendance.
Rip Richard Hutson was born on February 17, 1929 in Beaukiss, Texas to Forrest Munson & Bertha Lee (Oppelt) Hutson. He joined the the U.S. Army on January 11, 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict. Rip received a Purple Heart for wounds he received in battle. He was Honorably Discharged on October 10, 1952 obtaining the rank of Corporal. He married Evon Billings on October 24, 1953 in Houston, Texas. Rip was retired from Alcoa in Rockdale where he had been employed as an overhead crane operator in the pot rooms and was also an area rancher. He was a member of the Lexington United Methodist Church and the Lexington Masonic Lodge. He played the piano, guitar and fiddle and enjoyed vacationing and traveling especially with his children and grandchildren. Rip was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix or build anything. He particularly enjoyed rebuilding old tractors and antique autos. He loved showing them at area antique shows and parades.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rip is survived by his wife, Evon Hutson of Lexington; three children, Denyce & Hollins Spence of Rockdale, Judy & Larry Spitzenberger of Giddings and Rusty & Janice Hutson of Lexington; six grandchildren, Dallas Spence of Dallas, Kayla & Erick Gilbert of Fairfield, Jennifer & William Brown of New Braunfels, Michelle Spitzenberger of College Station, Eric Hutson & Amy Morgan of Elgin and Natasha & Donnie Wofford of Elgin; seven great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Evan & Eli Gilbert of Fairfield, Caleb Hutson of Elgin and Kelsi, Kaytin & Wesley Farris of Elgin and two brothers, Harold & Ruth Hutson of Blue and Guy & Carolyn Hutson of Blue.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.