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 www.mkdfuneralhome.com.
- James Bleeker
- Food and Beverage Team at John Ball Zoo
- Dale and Pam Hutchings
- Dorwin Gray