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Otis C. Hutchens, 92, New Lisbon

Otis C. Hutchens, 92, of New Lisbon and Sauk City, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Maplewood Nursing Home surrounded by his girls.

Otis was born June 6, 1925, in Ontario, Wisconsin, to Norma (Berg) and Clark Hutchens. He graduated from Ontario High School and had a short stint in the Army, but was called home because of his father’s illness.

Otis married Phyllis Merchant May 26, 1947. They raised their two daughters in the Ontario area while Otis worked for Tillman Produce. In 1959 they moved to New Lisbon when Otis began his semi driving career with Glendenning Motorways.

Otis enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, playing cards, but most of all he enjoyed baseball. He would tell his baseball stories many times over to anyone who would listen. He was proud to be a catcher and is happy he passed some of those genes to his great-grandchildren. Otis was proud to be a Norwegian from the Kickapoo Valley area, now is free to roam the Brush Creek hills and valleys that he so loved.

Otis is survived by daughters, Roxeanne (Tom) Andres of Merrimac and Jerilyn Rockwell of Mauston; grandchildren, Amy (Brad Peterson), Mark (Nicole) Andres, Aaron (Maria) Andres, Cally (Michael) Edwards and Jamie (Joy) Rockwell; great-grandchildren, Cooper Casey, Charlie, Gabrielle, Ezra, Chole, Micha, Ava, Otis and Livie; sisters, Le Dale Bair and Sandra Hutchens (Phil Berry). Otis is also survived by many in-laws; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; parents; brother, Harold; sister, Helen Mae; several other relatives; and friends.

A funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Hare Funeral Home, 217 W. Pearl St., New Lisbon. Relatives and friends were invited to a visitation Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment took place in the Hilltop Rest Cemetery in Ontario. Memorials to the New Lisbon Library or the Carl Nelson Animal Shelter would be appreciated.

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The family would like to express their sincerest thanks to his caregivers at the New Lisbon Medical Clinic, Prairie Clinic and Maplewood Nursing Home. The family has special appreciation for Karen and her staff at Maplewood Village; his home for the last two years that provided entertainment, comfort, nutrition and a safe environment.