A viewing will be held from 4-6 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 18, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel and burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Thomas was born on Aug. 22, 1938, in Trenton, N.J., the son of Estmus and Ella Hutchings. He attended Trenton Catholic Boys High School and graduated in 1958. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force.
Thomas was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base in 1976. He served in the Air Force for 25 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. During that time he served in the Vietnam and Korea Wars, receiving, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Republic of Vietnam.
Following the Air Force, he then worked 14 years for the State of Idaho Department of Corrections.
On March 27, 1974, he married Adorita "Dori" Olis in Angeles City in the Philippines.
He enjoyed fishing, camping and the company of "his many wonderful friends and acquaintances that were attracted to his accommodating spirit and zest for a good time," his family said. "He enjoyed sharing and living life to the fullest and had an open door to anyone in need. He had an unwavering sense of duty and service to God, family and country."
Thomas is survived by: his wife, Adorita "Dori" Hutchings of Mountain Home; his son Thomas Hutchings, Jr. of New York, N.Y.; his son Tyrone Hutchings of Mountain Home, and his son Simon Hutchings of Mountain Home.
He was preceded in death by both his parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Thomas' memory to www.hospitalinfection.org.