In Loving Memory

Norman William Hutcheson

Norman William Hutcheson

January 24th, 1932 - June 9th, 2019


Tuesday, June 11th, 2019   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Charter Funerals,
77 NE 72nd Street,
Gladstone MO 64118


Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Sherwood Bible Church,
4900 N. Norton Ave.,
Kansas City MO


Norman William Hutcheson was born January 24, 1932 at the American University hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, to Chester & Ada Hutcheson, who were Reformed Presbyterian missionaries in Syria. He passed away on June 9, 2019 at St Luke’s Hospice House, Kansas City Missouri.

Other than a four year stint back home during WW2, Norman spent his childhood in Latakia, Syria. He attended the Reformed Presbyterian mission school, and later, the American Community School in Beirut. His first language was Arabic, which served him well throughout his life, Much to his children’s dismay, he never shied away from walking up to complete strangers, whom he heard speaking Arabic, and striking up a conversation.

He graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in 1954 and volunteered for military service. He was sent to Fort Bliss, TX and then to Paris, France where he worked in the headquarters of NATO. After his time in the service, Norman came back to Olathe to see his grandmother, and applied for a job at Hallmark Cards. He was hired, and began a 23 year career as an Industrial Engineer.

During his life Norm became involved in many Christian organizations, and served on the Boards of several including The Pioneer Girls, Heart Project, Kansas City Christian School, Helps Ministries, and Crest Bible Church. This involvement led him to leave Hallmark Cards in 1978 and begin a second career in Mission work, as Director of Development with Gospel Missionary Union, (later Avant Ministries) where he worked in some capacity until April of this year.

He met Alice Johnson at Youth for Christ in November of 1956. They were married June 10, 1958 and were blessed with four sons. Preceding him in death were his twin sisters Martha Louise Hutcheson, Mission, KS. & Anna Lois Duncan, Tallahassee, FL. also grandson Justin Hutcheson, Murfreesboro, TN.

He leaves his wife, Alice Joyce, sons Bruce (Suzanne) Phoenix, AZ; Brad (Heidi) Murfreesboro, TN; Kevin (Bethany) Gladstone, MO; Bryan Lt Col, USAF (Lina) Kennesaw, GA. A brother C. Harold Hutcheson, Pittsburg, PA and grandchildren, Parker, Hunter, Wally, Megan, Wiley, Ezekiel, Benjamin, Zachary, Chloe, and Ada, plus a host of other relatives.


  • Fri, Jun 28th, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Norman will be missed. What has helped me in times like these is what
    Jesus said at John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me,
    even though he dies, will come to life.” I hope this will comfort you as it has me. If you need anyone
    to talk to, please feel free to reach out to me.

    Grant, Gladstone, Mo

  • Sat, Jun 15th, 2019 at 2:56 AM

    Alice, Bruce, Brad, Kevin, Bryan and Betty - I continue to grieve with you, as you adjust to Norman's
    going to Heaven. What a light for Jesus he was in this world - to SO many people, in all kinds of
    ways. I so enjoyed his friendship, his subtle and surprise antics, his laugh, his depth, his love of you
    Alice, his stability as husband and father, his integrity, and his deep and practical walk with his
    Saviour. I have many memories that make me smile and thank God for him. I continue to pray much
    for each of you, and in the adjustments ahead, and I love you all.

    Jackie Mohr, Evergreen, CO

  • Thu, Jun 13th, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    My Heartfelt Sympathy to the entire
    Hutcheson Family

    Chris Kokemueller, Murfreesboro TN

  • Wed, Jun 12th, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    My brother-in-law, Norman Hutcheson was in many ways a second father to me. He was honest to a
    fault, kind, generous and unfailingly altruistic. Two weeks ago, he drove my sister to their
    granddaughter's high school graduation. He was bright, and alert. Today he is gone. He lived a
    brilliant and exceptional life, most exemplified by his four sons and ten, stunningly beautiful
    grandchildren - who are, without fail, among the brightest and best of their generation. Well done,
    Norman. He took excellent care of my sister and guided and cared for his extended family always.

    Jon Michael Johnson, MISSOURI

  • Wed, Jun 12th, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    To all the Hutcheson Family we are mourning the loss of Norman with you. We celebrate his life with
    you. We are thankful for the faithful walk with the Lord God that Norman lived his life. We remember
    you at this time, and pray for the peace of Christ to be in you as you come together in these day.
    Love from the Gill family.

    Peter and Naomi Gill, Madrid, Spain

  • Wed, Jun 12th, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Dearest Alice and family, Samer and I are so sorry for your loss, and we part for your comfort during
    this time of great loss. I know I don’t need to tell you how wonderful of a man Norman was, but his
    life touched ours only in ways God could of known we needed. He had been, for all intents and
    purposes, a surrogate father to Samer when he came here. He was there in times of comfort and
    guidance in so many ways through the years, that only God could explain the impact he made. We
    are forever thankful to the Lord for putting you (Alice), and Norman in our lives. We love you both
    very much. The children have not seen their grandma Alice and grandpa Norman very often in their
    young lives; but always hear about grandma Alice and grandpa Norman in KC. We as a whole will
    miss Norm, but know from his slumber he will awake in the presence of our Lord Jesus and his
    Angels. Again, your comfort is continually in our prayers. May God continue to bless you.

    With our deepest sorrow and our greatest love The Abraham family (Samer, Amy, Sophia Rose, and
    Yusef Jacob)

    Amy Abraham, Leesburg, VA

  • Tue, Jun 11th, 2019 at 11:55 PM

    Alice, Betty, Kevin, & family,
    We are sorry to see Norman go so quickly, but glad we could visit for just a moment.
    We admired Norman very much & have fond memories with him at camp.
    He truly had a servants heart and love for the Lord. We will continue to pray for all of you as you
    adjust to the loss. We care and are available to help in any way as you (Alice) make the move to your
    new place.
    Catherine & Greg

    Catherine & Greg Sarensen, Basehor, KS

  • Tue, Jun 11th, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    I regret that I could not be there. Realization this week that I have known Norman since I was about 12 years old. He has always been a part of my life.

    Tim Johnson, Congress

  • Tue, Jun 11th, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Dear Brad,
    I can see your father was a good man. I know you are very proud of
    him. I am so sorry for your loss.


    Jeanie Burleson, Murfreesboro TN

  • Tue, Jun 11th, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Please accept our condolences.

    Linda Wilson, Murfreesboro, TN.

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