Funeral services for Dewey Clifton Hutchens, 92, of Braggs, OK will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017, at The First Baptist Church in Braggs. Reverend Earl Cobb will officiate and his grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pall bearers. Burial will follow in South Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee.
Dewey was born December 23, 1924 at Mulberry, AR, the son of Selmer and Millie (Stepp) Hutchens. At the age of 3 his family moved to Braggs, OK, where he became a lifelong resident. At 19, Dewey joined the US Seabees and proudly served his country for two years in the 109th Construction Battalion during World War II, island hopping in The South Pacific. Upon returning home, he met his future bride, Modena Evelyn Summers of Braggs, OK, and after a short courtship they were married on December 11, 1946. Dewey soon after began a lifelong career as a farmer, growing over 60 seasons worth of soybeans and hay. In addition to farming, he also had a passion for horses, always keeping a full pasture and spending much of his free time racing at the local tracks. Dewey was probably best known for his knack for telling the most entertaining stories. He was famous around town for telling those who'd listen that he'd rather fight than eat, but everyone knew he was all talk and just enjoyed a good conversation.
Dewey passed away on January 1, 2017, in Ft. Gibson, OK, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Modena, of the home; son, Donnie Hutchens and his wife Owana of Porter, OK; daughter, Judy Black and her husband, Don, of Braggs, OK; grandchildren: Karrie Englebretson and husband, David, of Braggs, OK , Rowdy Fewel and wife, Terra, of Muskogee, OK, Amy Novara and husband, Carl, of Owasso, OK, Cody Fewel of Porter, OK, Zach Munzenrider and wife, Rebecca, of Braggs, OK, Josh Munzenrider of New York, NY, and Stephanie Blevins of Muskogee, OK; ten great-grandchildren; sisters, Wanda Irving and husband, Fred, and Betty Smallwood and husband, Bill, of Braggs, OK. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Brad Hutchens; brothers, Elmer, James, Glen, and Curtis; and sisters, Lois Brooks and Shirley Hutchens.
Dewey spent his last few years of life battling Alzheimer's at the Ft. Gibson Nursing Home. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff who took such good care of him.
Published on January 3, 2017