Arno M. Hutchinson


Rev. Arno M. Hutchinson, Jr., 93, of Chrisman, Illinois, passed away at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman. He was retired after over forty years of service in ministry, serving United Methodist churches in Plymouth, Altona, Ogden, Seymour, Kansas, Williamsville, Buda, Hume, Metcalf, and Edgar, Illinois, as well as Allen and Eatonville, Washington. 

He was born July 9, 1924, in Spokane, Washington, the son of the late Arno M. and Floy Virginia (Atkinson) Hutchinson, Sr. He married Rev. Caroline Hutchinson on August 23, 1947, at the University Temple in Seattle, Washington. She preceded him in death February 4, 2007.

Survivors include a son, John Mark (Bobbie) Hutchinson of Georgetown, Texas; a daughter, Amanda Kay (John) Cosat of Rockledge, Florida; a sister, Kay Rawlins of Spokane, Washington; three grandchildren, Jeff Cosat, Angela Cosat, and Jordan Hutchinson; as well as two great grandchildren. 

Rev. Hutchinson was a United States Army veteran, where he served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a member of the Chrisman United Methodist Church, Chrisman American Legion Post #477, and the Chrisman Lions Club. He served the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church in many offices throughout his career. He was proud to have served in ministry as a "circuit riding" minister serving several small churches at one time. 

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to Chrisman United Methodist Church or to the Preachers Aid Society & Benefit Fund, 1919 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.


Services celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Chrisman United Methodist Church, with Pastor Don Shane officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris.