Hastings resident Dr. Richard Arthur “Dick” Hutchins, 91, passed away Monday, May
17, 2021, at Providence Place Assisted Living, Hastings, NE.
A graveside service will be held at a future time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
given to the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
dentistry/) or Central Valley Public Schools (contact Amy Malander, Superintendent,
308-428-3145). Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com.
Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Richard was born in North Loop Valley, NE to Arthur and Ruth Hutchins on August 2,
1929. He graduated from North Loup High School in 1947. Richard was an accomplished
high school athlete in track, basketball, and football. While in high school, he and his
cousin, Donald Hutchins, drove from North Loup to Hastings where his uncle, Merrill
Anderson was a flight instructor.
Richard graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1952 with a degree in Agriculture.
While attending Nebraska, he participated in ROTC. After graduation, Richard served in
the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1956. While in the Air Force, he learned how to
fly jets and continued to enjoy flying throughout his life.
Richard married Marlene Ann Ogden on August 31, 1952, in Lincoln, NE. They had two
children: Robert Allen (1954) and Barbara Lynn (1956). Marlene died on August 26,
1988, in Hastings, NE, at age 55.
After completing his service, he attended the University of Nebraska College of
Dentistry. While in dental school, he joined the Nebraska Air National Guard, serving for
three years. He graduated from dental school in 1960. His brother, Dale, was ahead of
him in dental school. Richard always said how much Dale helped him.
Richard enjoyed snow skiing so, after graduating, Richard opened his first dental practice
in Long Mount, Colorado. In 1962, the family moved to Hastings, NE where Richard
opened a new dental practice. Dr. Hutchins enjoyed serving his many patients until he
retired in 2014.
In 1975, he bought farmland in Valley County, NE; near his boyhood home. He enjoyed
working on the land, spraying weeds, building fences, and cutting trees for firewood.
In 1995, Richard married Karlay Dufford Hegwood. They enjoyed golfing together and
taking airplane trips around the United States to dental meetings. Richard flew thirteen
times in formation with 100 Bonanza aircraft to the yearly EAA Spirit of Aviation
Convention in Oshkosh, WI.
Richard’s hobbies included golf, cycling across Nebraska, jogging, climbing mountains,
sailing with his young son Robert, and playing tennis with Barbara.
Richard was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association, and a lifetime member of the American Dental Association.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ruth Hutchins; his wife,
Marlene Hutchins (mother of Robert Hutchins and Barbara Hutchins); brother, Dale
Hutchins; cousin, Donald Hutchins; and lifelong friend, Leo Wolf.
Richard is survived by his wife, Karlay Hutchins; his son, Robert (Vivian) Hutchins; his
daughter, Barbara Hutchins; his step-son, Thad Hegwood; his step-daughters, Karry
(Gale) Whitten Streff and Trista (Kai) Frederick; his brother, Dean (Joyce) Hutchins; his
grandchildren, Carolyn (Dan Gurney) Hutchins, Cheryl Hutchins, Lexie Whitten, Ethan
Hegwood, Gabriel Whitten, Emerick Hegwood, Gavin Whitten, Eshton Hegwood, and
Aeryn Frederick; cousin-in-law Betty Hutchins; cousins; nephews; and nieces.