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August 8, 1933 ~ September 22, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Jim Hutton was born to Otto Hutton and Kate Mosley Hutton, on August 8, 1933, in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. After a lengthy illness, he passed away peacefully at home in Idabel, Oklahoma, on September 22, 2023.
Jim grew up on the Meyer estate outside of Sapulpa; during his youth, he worked for the Meyer family doing a variety of odd jobs. In 1953, he graduated with honors from Sapulpa High School. A week after graduation, he left for California and attended boot camp with the U.S. Marine Corps; afterwards, he served in Korea, at the end of the Korean Conflict. Jim fulfilled his obligation with the Marines, moved back to Oklahoma, and enrolled in Okmulgee Technical Institute. He completed the two-year Electronics Technology program; thereafter, he began his thirty-year career at Tinker Air Force Base, in Midwest City. At Tinker, Jim worked as an electronic technician, proudly working in the AWACS program with stealth technology. He told people he “…fixed the things that fixed the things that go in an airplane.”
A mutual friend introduced Jim to Jeannie Harman; they married, had children, and lived in Del City, Oklahoma, for many years. After his retirement, Jim and Jeannie moved to Idabel, Oklahoma, so they could be a part of their grandchildren’s lives. They enjoyed watching their grandchildren’s athletic events, becoming spirited Idabel Warrior fans. Jim also enjoyed reading, scuba diving, fly fishing, drinking coffee, and taking long walks with his dogs Chamois and Murphy. Jim and Jeannie were active members of the Church of Christ in Del City and Idabel.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Joe, his beloved wife Jeannie, his son Peter, and his daughter Lisa. He is survived by his daughter Dianna Hamilton and her husband Walter; his granddaughters, Christa Sanders (Scott) of Oklahoma City, Katie Hamilton of Idabel, and Rozlyn Annan (Trent) of Verdigris, OK; his grandsons, Alex Fly of Oklahoma City, and Grant Hamilton (Rebecca) of McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; great-grandchildren Malissa Sanders and Calton Sanders of Oklahoma City, and Kate Annan of Verdigris; his brother-in-law Mike Harman (Carolyn) of Moore, OK; a special niece Barbara Wilson of Lakewood, Colorado; a host of nieces and nephews; and well-loved neighbors, the Steve Bartholomew family. Jim was blessed to have caring healthcare providers, especially Wendy Jenkins.
Jim was a good neighbor and a man one could count on. He valued humility, honesty, and privacy; he was not one to seek the limelight. In accordance with his wishes, a family memorial service will be conducted at his gravesite in Del City, Oklahoma, at a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers or other memorial acts, the family requests that those so inclined make a donation to their favorite charity, animal shelter, or place or worship in Jim’s name.