Scott M. Hutchings

May 25, 1956 ~ October 1, 2022

Scott M. Hutchings, age 66, of Grand Rapids, was welcomed home by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, October 1, 2022. He was born May 25, 1956, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he lived and graduated from Berrien Springs High School. Scott graduated from Grand Valley State with a B.S. degree in Creative Writing. Scott met Lori Henry in college, fell in love, and got married on August 29, 1981. Scott worked at various bookstores before finding his niche at Barnes & Noble. He worked there for 21 years, ending his career as an assistant manager. One of Scott’s passions in life was bird watching. He joined the Audubon Society and served as president of the local chapter for three years. After retirement, he worked part-time at John Ball Zoo in food service. He was a member of Neoacacia Masonic Lodge #595, F.&A.M., of Columbus, Ohio, along with Peninsular Chapter #65 O.E.S. Scott was also a member of First (Park) Congregational Church, UCC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He enjoyed reading, writing fiction, hiking, swimming, camping, canoeing, watching movies, scuba diving, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. Surviving besides his wife, Lori, are his mother, Carma Yell; his father, Rene (Edith) Hutchings; brother, Mark Hutchings; brother-in-law, Lee Henry; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and a great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Elaine Henry. A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW with Pastor Darryl Kistler officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Monday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club. Condolences may be sent online at

Memorial Visitation
Monday, October 10
10:00am - 10:45am

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Memorial Service
Monday, October 10

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Leave Your Tribute Message

October 10, 2022 2:57pm
Stunned and sorry to hear about Scott's passing. Rest in Peace.

- James Bleeker

October 08, 2022 10:23am
The entire food and beverage team at John Ball Zoo is saddened to hear of Scott's passing. We are so grateful that he chose JBZ as his place of part time work after his retirement. He worked as a team lead for us, and his hard work and leadership were greatly appreciated by all. His passion for animals was always a delight to witness; especially hearing about his knowledge of birds. In his absence the past few months, everyone would mention how much they missed having Scott at work. We all offer our condolences for Scott's family and friends.

- Food and Beverage Team at John Ball Zoo

October 03, 2022 8:53am
Our sincere condolences to Lori, Uncle Rene and Aunt Edith, Aunt Carma, Mark and all of Scott's family and friends. I have fond memories of our childhood family reunions and the penny races we had on the dry ice.

- Dale and Pam Hutchings

October 02, 2022 12:31am
Scott, you have been and are a great friend. You have been there with me in times of sorrow and in times of celebration for over forty years. Your leaving, leaves a huge hole in my life, an absence I will feel for a long time; but that's what happens when great friends leave this world. I know that in some way you are with me still and with the many who love you. Be at peace, friend. Much love.

- Dorwin Gray

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