Mark Hutcheson

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Mark Russel Hutcheson, born June 7, 1959, to Patricia, nee Jeffrey, and George William Hutcheson, passed away at the age of 62, on November 9, 2021, to the great sadness of his kith and kin.

Born into a Catholic family of seven children, Mark learned to be kind, to share, and care for others early in life, traits which he carried into the grave. He had a habit of helping animals and people in need and tried to make a difference where he saw fit. Along the way he learned to be thrifty, creative, and value fairness as a core value. He was also a frugal soul, delighted by an opportunity to salvage and reuse an item, preferring to capture rainwater for use. Mark loved music of all kinds and wizard icons.

Mark loved adventure and spent a good many years traveling to places like Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. He drove with a friend from the US to Chimbote, Peru, flew to Argentina, then continued by auto to Patagonia. Along the way they visited the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and hired a private plane to fly over the plains of Nazca. Mark liked to say that Costa Rica would be his final home, since he loved the beaches and the people. After returning from safari in South Africa, Mark brought back exotic mounted heads of kudu and impala.

Mark was a character. He had bright orange hair as a young adult and given the nickname of ”Crush” or ”Crutch” by his friends after the soda, Orange Crush. In his middle years, he preferred wearing the long beard and was often described as looking like a member of the ZZ Top crew.

Mark worked as a contractor, home builder, and entrepreneur most of his life. He worked in the Houston area building homes, then as a builder on returning home to Belleville. In closing years, he spent his time as a small bar owner, property manager, and fishing in the Belleville area. His annual pig roasts were particularly popular among local residents and his work crews.

Mark will be sorely missed by his siblings David (Laura), Jill (Dennis Byrne), John (Gail), Anne (Gery) Roth, Margaret “Peggy” (Steven) Blades, and Michael; and by his dog Z. Mark will be remembered for his kindness, charity, and compassion for others, and of course, for that wicked beard.

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11 Comments on Mark Hutcheson

Bridget Wilson said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2022 at 2:01 PM

Crutch dated our Aunt Paulette until she passed away. He was a very kind man and good to our family. Sorry for your loss. Bridget & Andy

  • Moro
  • IL
Dennis elmore said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2021 at 7:48 AM

Sorry for your loss. RIP crutch .

  • Belleville
  • Il
Paula and Robert Galagher said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2021 at 2:51 PM

So sorry for your loss. Crutch was such a great guy. He will be missed.❤❤

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dana Downs-Heimes said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2021 at 9:53 AM

What joy to read of Mark's life adventures! Truly, he lived life to the fullest, and made his mark to help make the world a better place. Sending family our heartfelt condolences on this loss.

  • Flagstaff
  • Arizona
Daureen Cumberland said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 2:34 PM

My sympathy to Mark's family and to his friends. He was such a wonderful guy and the love of my sister Paulette.She loved him so much and he was so good and caring to her. Our family loved hearing of his travels and he loved sharing them.May he rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Terry Patterson Hoppes Hulcer said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Dear Jill & family, My deepest sympathy in losing your brother Mark…I hope that you are well & probably like me a grandma…I recently moved back to IL from MO to help take care if our 93 year old Mom but she passed in January…I communicate some with Joan on Facebook…Take care & hope you remember me.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Amy Eckhardt said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 11:51 AM

Crutch was not replaceable..... He learned me so much in life qqq but forgiving people was the most important lesson he. Taught me that was easy. It took him years drilling this my head .....he mite of said it was harder than beating a nail in some barn wood........ But he finally got it threw.... He never gave up..... I loved like my own brother.... He was my family in my head and soul .... Missed dearly.....

  • Okawville
  • IL
Nancy Crocken said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 11:17 AM

Mike, I am so sorry to hear of your brothers’ passing. I remember hearing you speak of him often. Hope you are doing well. Nancy

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Marty Monroe said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 8:34 AM

Saddened to learn of my friend Crutch passing on. Always enjoyed my visits w/ him. He held and controlled the conversation, but it was always delightfully interesting and I always stayed longer than I wanted to or should have. My condolences to his family, and friends. RIP Maybe see you on the other side.

  • Fayetteville
  • IL
Joyce and Mike Behrns said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Mark was a neighbor and friend. He will be missed. Joyce and Mike Behrns

  • Fayetteville,
  • Illinois
Cindy Ballard (Evans) said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 7:50 AM

Sorry for your loss. Knew him “back in the day”. He was one of a kind.

  • Smithton
  • Il

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