Benjamin "Ben" C. Hutcheson, 72, of Mansfield, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ben was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Blossburg, a son of Fred and Hazel (Smith) Hutcheson. He was married 47 years to Patricia (Jones) Hutcheson.
Ben was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Cold War.
He worked for the Mansfield Borough maintenance department for 38 years with best friend, Loren Kendrick.
Ben was a member of Holy Child Catholic Church, Mansfield, was past president and member of the Arnot Sportsman's Club; member of the Hillside Rod and Gun Club; Mansfield V.F.W.; Blossburg Legion, Theodore Roosevelt Post 167 American Legion. Ben served as Captain of the Mansfield Ambulance Service, Freman of the Year in 1970, mayor of Mansfield 1977 to 1984, Borough Council member for two terms and Citizen of the Year in 2002.
Ben is survived by his wife, Patty; a son, Craig Hutcheson, of Fredon, N.J.; a daughter, Lisa Hutcheson, of Smyrna, Del.; two grandchildren, Weldon "Tre" Hall and Talaney Pierce; mother-in-law, Dorothy Jones of Mansfield; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; special friends, Loren and Patty Kendrick, and Deanna and Jerry Rumsey. He was predeceased by a brother, Lester Hutcheson and two half-brothers, Arthur and Floyd Miller.
In keeping with Ben's wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers and cards, donations can be made via Patricia Hutcheson to the Ben Hutcheson Memorial Scholarship Fund to be developed and given to a senior from Mansfield High School. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family. www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com.