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Born October 27, 1931 in Fort Madison, Iowa, Bob was the son of Archie and Carrie (Cooney) Hutchison. His father passed away when he was a very young child. Bob and his 6 siblings were raised by their mother with help from other family members. He entered the U.S. Army where he made the rank of Captain and served in the engineering division.
Bob was a great athlete. He boxed while in the U.S. Army and never lost a match. He also played football for both ARMY and Oklahoma State University. Much of his active duty in the military was served in Alaska.
Bob moved to the Tulsa area and later he became C.E.O. of Midwestern Pipeline. While CEO of Midwestern he completed many double jointing projects in the US and one which he was especially proud in Australia where he competed against governments to get the job.
He married Betty Jane December 22, 1981 in Miami, OK.
C.R. "Bob" Hutchison founded Industrial Structures, Inc. in 1987, having been employed in the building, manufacturing and pipeline industries for the previous twenty-five years. From ISI's inception until his retirement in 2014, Mr. Hutchison was the driving force behind the company's success, from negotiating multi-million dollar contracts with U.S. and Canadian national railroads to overseeing day-to-day plant operations. He initiated the development of the ongoing refurbishing and maintenance programs of the more than 800 railroad boarding cars which have been produced by ISI at its plant in Tulsa, OK.
He designed and built units for customers, Nooter/Eriksen, Loram and the Saudia Arabian Railroad to name a few.
In late 2013, Mr. Hutchison sold ISI and it is still a thriving business.
Bob and Betty enjoyed traveling internationally to industry conventions. They took many side trips together all over the world during the 1980s and had many wonderful experiences.
CR and Betty enjoyed their farm, Oakhurst, and built their house on a hill that overlooked the beautiful hills of Oklahoma. There they worked, had cattle, many farm animals at various times and Betty raised, rode for pleasure and showed horses. Bob enjoyed going to horse shows with BJ helping and photographing her. They had family and friend reunions in the pecan field. Bob had a large family so there were many who attended and he had many good memories. Bob did not have any empty yesterdays, he had a full life.
Surviving family members include his wife Betty Hutchison; Scott Douglas Hutchison and his wife, Tamara, and their daughter Nora, and Pride Preston Hutchison and his wife, Lisa.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: Marion, Jack, and Jerry, and his sisters: Edabelle, Helen, and Josephine.
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