Thomas W. “Tom” Hutson Jr., 90, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in Wilmington, Del., on March 26, 1928, son of the late Thomas W. Hutson Sr. and the late Mary (Jones) Hutson.
Hutson proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired as a sergeant with the Wilmington City Police Department, where he served from 1949 to 1969. He then worked for approximately 17 years as a magistrate with the State of Delaware, retiring in the early 1990s.
He was an active community member in Wilmington and also in the Millsboro area. He was a Mason with the Granite-Corinthian Lodge No. 34 A.F. & A.M. in Wilmington, Del., a lifetime member of the Lower Delaware Shield & Square, and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro, Del. and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Wilmington. He was also a member of the Delaware Association of Police, the Wilmington Association of Retired Police, the Long Neck Cheer Center and the Salvation Army volunteer bell-ringers every Christmas.
After moving permanently to Millsboro in 1969, he became very active in the Long Neck community. Hutson was a charter member of Long Neck United Methodist Church and of Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad. He enjoyed woodworking, making furniture and carving duck decoys. He was also a talented artist, in both watercolors and oil paints.
In addition to his parents, Hutson was preceded in death by his wife, Marjory V. Hutson, in 2007; a son, Kenneth Hutson, and a stepdaughter, Deborah Shank. He is survived by his wife of eight years, Carol M. (Lamar) Hutson; two children, Karen Hutson of Millsboro and Kurt Hutson and his wife, Sandra, of Milford, Del.; two sisters in Wilmington, Barbara Maloney and Mary Decino and her husband, Mickey; a stepson, Gregory Wilson and his wife, Wendy, of Pottstown, Pa.; a stepson-in-law, Jesse Shank of Maytown, Pa.; six grandchildren, Michael Rowe of Greenwood, Del., Jennifer Rowe of Millsboro, Thomas Hutson of Magnolia, Del., Katie Burris and her husband, Brian, of Laurel, Del., Donald Hutson and his wife, Sarah, of Milford and Taylor Hutson of Milford; nine great-grandchildren, Zachary Rowe, Jayden Rowe, Courtney Rogers, Leah Rogers, Kaleb Hutson, Luke Burris, Samuel Burris, Kaden Hutson and Alivia Payson; and four step-grandchildren, Jared Shank, Jordyn Shank, J.C. Wilson and Bryson Wilson.
A celebration of Hutson’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del., where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. Interment was to be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Home of the Brave; 6632 Sharps Rd.; Milford, DE 19963, or to a charity of choice. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.