Ricky Hutchison

Ricky Gale Hutchison

Friday, February 22nd, 1957 - Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Ricky Gale Hutchison, 62, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 4, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Rick was a man who was known for his love and compassion for all people. He always made it a point to talk to people he met and had a genuine interest in their life stories. During his life, he spent his free time enjoying the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and would often take camping trips with his family and dear friends. When it came to music, he loved good old bluegrass. He was a member of the “Hanging Rock Ramblers” and during their time together produced a hit album. Known for his strong work ethic, he was a dedicated employee of Yokohama Tire Company for many years and retired at the age of fifty. His love and compassion for all people were one of the many wonderful qualities he possessed, however, the one that has shined through the brightest no matter the tribulation, was his faith. He was a devout Christian man, who lived his life with purpose. As he battled with pancreatic cancer, he said he wanted his illness to be a light unto someone’s path and that would lead them to Christ. Rick, “Poppy”, you are loved more than words can describe, and you will be deeply missed by not only your family but as well as many dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Frances Hutchison; father-in-law, James Harrison Sr.; as well as his children born sleeping, Amy Nicole & Phillip Matthew Hutchison.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 43 years, Sue Hutchison; Daughter, Mandy Hartman (Jason); grandchildren, Kate & Noah Hartman; as well as his very dear friends Jack & Jane Taylor.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, from 2 – 4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m., at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. A celebration of his Life will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel. Bro. Burt Franks will be officiating. He will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens immediately following the service.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Lindsey Bierley of Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for her sincere support and compassion.

Charitable donations in Rick’s name can be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, (NPCF) P.O. Box 1848 Longmont, CO 80502.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 11:00am
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Bro. Burt Franks
  • Interment

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
    Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
    5737 Airport Road
    Roanoke, VA 24012
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Vickie Sword

Posted at 03:35pm
Dear family.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Rick was a wonderful person who was so pleasant to be around. It was my privilege to hear him sing and play for so many years.........with his group and just coming to play at the Salem Senior Center when his parents where coming here. I know he'll be missed terribly. You are in my prayers and know that God will comfort you during this time.
Vickie Sword
Salem Senior Center

Kenneth Flowers

Posted at 10:24am
I want to thank you and your husband for being part of my memories ,I miss working with y'all my health is not good so I'm not able to be there,my prayers are with you through from now and. Forever lean on GOD he always been there for y'all and your life you got to share and taken care it is a special time to be with a special person it is very rare to do yall had a special relationship that nobody had cherish it. You are in our prayers! Take care !🙏🙏

Chris, Mariekan & Greyson

Posted at 03:51pm
We will dearly miss Rick. He was one of the best most Godly men we've ever had the pleasure to call friend. My God's love & peace be with you. Love,
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Posted at 12:11pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Ricky May

Posted at 10:23am
Rick is one of the friends you wish everyone could have. Every time I talked to him I would hear about at least one of his friends who was going through a rough time and he was burdened by their difficulties and wanted the best for them.
The other side of Rick is he's the funniest guy I've ever been around he was able to crack a joke about anything and usually did. I loved him like a brother and I'll miss him like one too. There won't be any fish left in Heaven when we get there.

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