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Hal Harden Hutchens Jr. Obituary

Hal Harden Hutchens Jr. (1942-20220) passed away on October 16 at home surrounded by his loved ones. Hal was born to Hal Sr. and Alma (Wettingale) Hutchens on August 2, 1942, in Meridan, Kansas. He has two brothers, John (Carol) Hutchens, Charles Hutchens, and one sister Patty Bigley, all of Topeka, Kansas.

Hal and Jackie (Owens) were married on May 12, 1973. Together they raised three sons: Jack (Amanda), Champaign, Illinois, Hal A. (Casey), Lincoln, Nebraska, and John (Amber), Round Rock, Texas .

Hal has seven grandchildren: Brittany, Taylor, Lucas, Connor, Jaxon, Brooklyn, and Harriet. He also has five great grandchildren.

In 2002, Hal retired from the ATSF and BNSF Railroad after almost forty years. He and his wife Jackie then spent the next seventeen years in retirement in Arizona, and finally moved to Texas to be closer to his loving family during his illness.

When asked “What do you want for Christmas, Dad?” his answer was always, “I just want your love.” He got it in so many ways throughout his life.

His greatest joy was seeing his sons grow from young boys into the loving fathers and husbands that they have become.

Family was everything to him; his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren were his world. Such a wonderful world, such a wonderful life, a life well lived. He leaves a lifetime of memories for his loving family to remember and cherish forever.

Well done sweetheart, daddy, pop, big guy, grampa, pop-pop. Rest now, and know we love you.

Per Hal’s request, there will be no services. His sons and wife will gather for a remembrance. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to a labor union of your choice.



grown thick over

knuckles that still knew how

to gently caress my forehead

with love

by Jack JB Hutchens

Posted online on October 19, 2022

Published in Topeka Capital Journal

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