Billy Ray Hutchens, age 82, passed peacefully on Jan. 4 at his home in Brentwood. While our grief is real, it’s not without hope ... we are relieved he is FREE of his suffering.
Billy was born July 10, 1938, in Arkansas to Marvin and Hazel Hutchens. In 1947, Bill’s family moved to California, settling into the Central Valley. He attended Riverdale High School, excelling in baseball and FFA, graduating as senior class president in 1957. Bill went on to pursue a career in the gas field industry where he was noted for his skill and excellent work ethic.
In 1972, Bill moved to Brentwood. He met and married his beautiful, beloved wife of 44 years, Ruth, who predeceased him by five years.
Bill is survived by his brother, Jerry Hutchens of Fresno, CA; sister, Betty Hutchens of Clovis, CA; son, Rob and wife, Paula Burkhart, of Pahrump, NV; son, Mike and wife, Therese Hutchens, of Bakersfield, CA; daughter, Lynne Burkhart of Hayward, CA; son, Jerry and wife Cindy Burkhart of Oakley, CA; as well as, seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way.
Widely known as a man of faith, friendship, fun and integrity, Bill is deeply loved and highly respected by all who knew him.