HUTCHESON, Robert
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Robert Hutcheson, 98, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Bob was a lifelong resident of Marietta, having been born at his parent’s home on Kennesaw Avenue in 1914. His father was the bookkeeper for the Brumby Chair Company and his mother was the principal at Waterman Street School. After graduating from Georgia Tech, he met the love of his life, Helen Edelmann, who he married in 1939. He was called to serve his country in WWII and landed on Utah Beach in the D-Day invasion, commanding a barrage balloon battery (gas filled balloons tethered by steel cables to hamper bombers and shear off the attacking aircraft wings). He continued with the Army reserves, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. Bob enjoyed sailing and spent many happy days with family and friends on Lake Allatoona as a member of the Atlanta Yacht Club. He was very involved with the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art since its infancy at the original location in the old Clarke Library on Church Street. He remained an active supporter and was still doing volunteer work into his eighties at the museum, as well as Kennestone Hospital and Meals on Wheels. As an avid gardener, his home in Whitlock Heights displays over 350 hydrangea bushes and was on the Atlanta Hydrangea Society’s tour of gardens. He loved travel and made lifelong friends in England after participating in a home exchange program. Bob dearly loved Marietta and did extensive research on its history and his own family history that evolved around Marietta. He loved to read and was always surrounded by stacks of books. When he wasn’t reading, he could be found in his kitchen baking bread or muffins. At 98, he lived at home and enjoyed nothing more than sharing a joke and a glass of wine with friends. He hosted his Marietta High School Class of ‘32 reunion in 2010 for the two other surviving class members. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and his sister Eleanor. He is survived by his brother, Jere (Mary) of East Lansing, Mich.; son Bob (Reena) of Cumming, Ga.; daughter Nell, of Marietta; and niece Susan (Steve) McDonald of Big Pine Key, Fla. The family would like to give special thanks to caregivers, Margaret Ella and Susan Weller for the wonderful care and loving attention provided to both Helen and Bob for many years. They both adored you both. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, and a gathering of family and friends will take place immediately afterwards at Bob’s home. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, 65 Whitlock Ave, Marietta, Ga. 30064. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta will be handling the arrangements. 770-428-1511 www.mayeswarddobbins.com
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