“Come sit with me in the gloaming of the day and think of what’s to come, while giving thanks for all that is and has been.” –Jay Hutton
Jay Hutton, 72, died suddenly of a heart attack on January 31, 2013 at home in Big Horn, Wyoming caring for the animals that he loved. He lived a remarkable life that touched many. Jay was born on August 15, 1940 in Gordon, Nebraska to Verlin Hutton and Qula Fulwider (who died shortly after). Verlin later married Jane Taylor. Jay was the brother to Donna, Tom, Connie, and Susan Hutton. Jay enjoyed playing football and was a Golden Gloves boxing champion. He attended Alliance High School and graduated from the St. Agnes Academy in 1958. He enrolled in the US Army, and served in the Artillery Division, receiving an honorary discharge in 1962. His early employment was a freight car inspector for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Jay had his commercial pilot’s license and used it to “woo” Connie Bertschinger with a memorable plane ride. He married Connie Kay Bertschinger on September 14, 1965 in Alliance, NE. The two of them had three children Van Aaron, Cecelia Mae, and Patrick Jay. For five years the family lived in Chicago where Jay worked as a special agent for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Shortly after that he became the Chicago Division Transportation Supervisor.
The family moved to Story, Wyoming in 1970. Jay transferred to the Wyoming branch of the Burlington Northern Railroad where he worked as a fireman, eventually becoming an engineer. In 1973 Jay and his family moved to Sheridan, Wyoming and in 1978 they made their permanent home in Big Horn, Wyoming.
Jay valued his family above all else. His wife, children, and grandchildren meant the world to him. His activities were centered and focused around his family. Jay enjoyed camping and fishing. It was incredibly important to Jay that he be active in his children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities and lives. He attended dance and piano recitals, track and swim meets, soccer, wrestling, hockey, basketball, and football games, FFA, rodeos, and school events. One of his favorite things to do was to participate in the Christmas Stroll each year where he, his miniature donkey, and his grandchildren would all don Santa hats and hand out candy canes to all. Children and animals were a very important part of his life.
Jay was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church. He was active in many clubs including the American Legion, Elks Club, Big Horn Lions Club, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Jay was a happy man who radiated life and who loved making people laugh. Recently Jay met a woman who stated she was a Hutterite, he responded by saying, “I am Jay Hutton and I’m a Hutton-ite.” Jay never knew a stranger and viewed everyone as a friend he had not yet met .
Jay is survived by his wife Connie; his three kids Van, Cecelia, and Patrick; his grandkids Jacob, Erin, Jess, and Paige; his step-grandkids Leif and Ross Norskog; his daughter-in-law Peggy Hutton, son-in-law Ryk Norskog; his brother Tom, his sisters Connie and Susan; and his step-mom Jane Hutton.
A celebration of his life will be held at Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheridan, Wyoming at 11:00 AM on Friday February 8th with Father Ron Stolcis officiating, followed by an internment with full military honors and then a reception where we hope all will join us to share stories and memories. We welcome ALL who knew him and those who wished they had. Please join us one and all in honoring his life and legacy.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.