John Hutchings, 82, was born in rural Morris, IL on September 11, 1932 to Walter Raymond and Velma (Harney) Hutchings. He attended Morris public schools, graduating from Morris Community High School in 1950. He earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Illinois – Urbana in 1955 and a M.S. in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1958.
John and Rosemary Panish were married August 23, 1952 and celebrated 62 happy years together.
He proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea from 1955-57. He began his career in education as a Vocational Agriculture teacher in Milledgeville, IL, becoming principal of Milledgeville High School in 1962.
John and his family moved to Aurora, IL in 1964 to take a position as Assistant Principal at Aurora West High School. He was the first principal of the newly built North Campus and was appointed Director of Career and Adult Education for District 129 in 1978. After retiring from education, John became the manager at Globe Building Materials Company, and later became a Commercial Realtor with McEnroe Realtors.
John was a man of many talents and able to do almost anything. In his retirement, John worked with his son, Tom, doing small home repairs. He also served as a member of the District 129 School Board. John enjoyed reading, fishing with friends in Hayward, WI and hanging out with his morning coffee bunch at Harner’s Bakery. His most favorite times were those spent with family.
John is survived by his wife and daughters, Carol (Jeff) Reed of Aurora, IL and Laura (Randall) Crow of Middleton, WI, four grandchildren, Sam (Cristal Diaz) Reed, Taylor Reed, Emily Crow, Charlie Crow, one great-granddaughter, Victoria Reed, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, son Thomas Hutchings, and sisters Lois Hodgen and Ione Marie Zacher.
John was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church.