Clayton Burleigh Hutchins (“Hutch”), 77, passed away peacefully on Friday December 10 at Bethany in Fargo. On December 8, 1944. Clayton was born to Burleigh & Hazel (Adams) Hutchins in Moose Lake, MN. He attended Duluth East High School, where he graduated in 1962. Soon after graduation, Clayton was drafted into the Army and was quickly deployed to Vietnam. He honorably served the United States of America during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1967. Clayton returned to the United States and began working for Mpls. Moline and later for Cummins Diesel. It was in St. Paul that he met Corlyss Hanson. On Dec. 6, 1969 Clayton and Corlyss wed, beginning a lifelong marriage and friendship. After their two sons, Curtis & Craig, were born, they moved to Hillsboro, ND where Clayton began working for Otto Bertsch as a diesel mechanic. Clayton later became self employed as a mechanic and over the road truck driver. It would be years later that he began driving the most precious cargo as a school bus driver for Hillsboro Schools. Hutch was a gentlemen that was always happy with what life had given him, and never asked for more. He enjoyed everyday things in life such as coffee with friends in the mornings, watching his boy’s activities, pets, and nature. You could almost always find Hutch around a campfire in the evenings, spending time appreciating life. Many people knew Clayton only as “Hutch”, but the name he took most pride in being called was Grandpa. He was the loving Grandpa of 5 grandchildren. They enjoyed the weekends they got to spend at the lake with Grandpa and the tradition of sitting around the fire. Corlyss and Clayton wintered in Arizona, so the family celebrated “Christmas in July” at their cabin near Bemidji. Clayton made friends where ever he was, and he has several treasured friends in Hillsboro, the park in Arizona where they spent winters, and all over Northern MN near the cabin. Clayton & Corlyss just recently celebrated their wedding anniversary together. They have spent the past 52 years by each other’s side and these past years while Hutch’s health started declining was no different. Corlyss has put on many miles and hours to faithfully be with Clayton through appointments, hospital stays, and dialysis treatments. Hutch is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Corlyss Hutchins, sons, Curtis (Carmen) and Craig (Heather); grandchildren, Danielle, Regan, Sarah, Laura, and Emily and one nephew Chris Rovney. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Beverly. Memorial Service: 2 PM Friday, December 17, 2021 at the Hillsboro United Parish UCC-UMC with a gathering one hour prior Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at

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  1. Curt, Carmen, Corliss, Dani & Regan;
    I am so sorry for the loss of Hutch. Such a kind man with a great sense of humor. He will be so dearly missed.

  2. My heart still hurts. I’m so very sorry. Like i told you this morning, I have no words. We will cherish the memories of him always

  3. We’re so very sorry for your loss. Hutch will always hold a special place in our heart. I had no words when I found out and still don’t. Hugs and love. We are here if you need for anything

  4. I worked with Hutch 40 years ago at my very first job at Midwest Diesel in Mayville. He was such a nice, friendly man and was always so kind to me. My sincere condolences to his family.

  5. Corliss, we mourn with you and your family. Hutch was a wonderful man, and he has a legacy of wonderful men. May the memoirs of shared adventures and the love of your family and friends bring you comfort. We are so sorry for your loss.

  6. Curt, Carmen and Hutchins families,

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Hutch. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Julie, Matt and Samarah

  7. Our hearts are hurting with you in the loss of Clayton. Owen’s memories of growing up on the farm with him bring so many stories to mind. He was the big brother to Owen at that time. Stories of mischief and fun times that are fond memories. Then, we all grew older and our lives moved us apart so we didn’t get together very often. When we did get together there was the laughter and stories again. New ones, too as we heard the pride and love in Clayton’s voice when he’d talk about his family. While there are no words that can really ease a time like this, please know that we care and wish we could have been there. Much love and prayers for easing your sorrow are being sent to you all from both of us.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. It was a joy to get to know you and Hutch and he will be missed. Charlie and Marsha Sandall

  9. Hutch was my friend in Arizona and in North Dakota. We spent many hours together having coffee and visiting at our park in Arizona. I was saddened to loose such a good friend. I will cherish his memory forever.
    His friend.
    Bill Zandonatti

  10. Corlyss, Curt, Carmen, Dani, and Reagan. Our thoughts are with you at this time. We remember Hutch warmly, as someone who was fun to be around. May you find peace in God’s love during this time and always.

  11. So for your loss during this holiday season. Our prayers are with you and your Family. Darlene and Gordy Severtson, friends of Carmen’s parents.

  12. I have such fond memories of our times with you and Hutch..Bill and Hutch enjoyed each other’s company. They both loved to tell stories and that made their friendship special.

  13. Please accept our condolences on your loss. I worked with Hutch quite a few years when I drove for Bertsch.
    ED & Kathy Haugen

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