March 21, 1934 ~ May 26, 2019

Born in: Peru, IN
Resided in: Denver, CO

Joseph Henry Hutchinson was born on March 21, 1931 to Bruce and Elizabeth Hutchinson in Peru, Indiana. He was the youngest son growing up with two brothers and three sisters. Joseph (Joe, as he was called) moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, with his family when he was young. He attended school there and graduated from Springfield Technical Trade School, where he excelled. After graduating from high school, Joe joined the United States Air Force as a Private in 1948. He was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. While in the Air Force, Joe was responsible for fueling and maintenance on all aircraft, including B-52 Bombers, and other technical jobs for the Air Force. Joe was the youngest in his platoon, earning him the nickname “Young Blood.” Later, Joe’s two nicknames combined into his signature name Joe Blood, as he was called by many loved ones throughout his life. He happily responded to each one of these admirable names with a warm smile.

After Joe was honorably discharged from the Air Force, his technical skills helped him earn jobs with various construction companies as a welder during Denver’s growth in the 50’s and 60’s. Joe was a hard worker and took pride in everything he did from his career to his personal appearance. Even when he wasn’t going out any place he was dressed in a cashmere sweater and polished wing tipped shoes.

In 1952, Joe’s fancy yellow Buick convertible caught the eye of Jane “Woo Woo” Mance and it was love at first sight. In the early days, Joe and Woo spent time together at dances held at the 26th and Welton YMCA and Whitter Canteen. Joe was generally quiet and easy going, but Woo Woo, on the other hand, was brash, bold and, as Joe always mentioned, very beautiful. Joe and Woo raised two great children, Alicia LaVaun and Bruce Edward. They also were blessed to have two granddaughters, Autumn and Tera. Joe and Woo loved to host parties and family events in their home, to which everyone was always welcome. Their love blessed the lives of so many and lasted over 50 years. It was a match made in heaven until and beyond Woo Woo’s death in 2006.

Joe was employed with the United States Postal Service starting in the 1960s. He started as a mail handler and was selected to attend the University of Oklahoma for 2 years to receive a certification as a Maintenance Engineer. Joe excelled in his position for over 30 years. Upon retirement, he spent time with his family and became a reading tutor for Denver Public Schools. He really enjoyed the experience of working with the kids, and they enjoyed having a strong role model.

Joe loved to hunt, fish, and play golf. He enjoyed being outside and he knew how to have a great time. He especially loved to cookout with his family and friends! Who knew that barbecue ribs could taste so good when basted with a sock on a stick?

His untimely death has left his family, friends, and neighbors in shock, disbelief, and great sorrow. He was a beloved father, not only to his own children, but to many others also. He was a wonderful grandfather and loving friend to so many. His generous spirit, warm smile, and welcoming demeanor will be greatly missed.

Joseph departed this life to live with the Lord on May 26, 2019. He was proceeded in death by his parents Bruce and Elizabeth Hutchinson, son Bruce E. Hutchison, wife Jane “Woo Woo” Hutchinson, two sisters Shirley and Degena both of California, and two brothers Charles and William Hutchinson both of Massachusetts. Left to cherish his memory is his sister Helen of Connecticut, beloved daughter Alicia Washington (Eddie), adored granddaughters Autumn Kalina (Marek) and Tera Jones, sister-in-law Lois “Lolly” Mance, and a host of cherished relatives and dear friends.

Services

Visitation: June 6, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: June 7, 2019 11:00 am

Shorter Community A.M.E. Church
3100 Richard Allen Court
Denver, CO 80205


Private Cremation:

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220


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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 KJV For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

    ALICIA,
    I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY GOD COMFORT YOU, STRENGTHEN YOU, AND MAY HIS PEACE REST UPON YOU LIKE NEVER BEFORE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
    I’M PRAYING FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY AND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

    BE OF GOOD CHEER MY FRIEND, “BLOOD” HAS JOINED HIS BELOVEDS “WOO WOO” AND BRUCE.
    I’M HERE IF YOU EVER NEED ME,
    PAM CARTER

  2. Alicia,

    Our family feels a deep felt sorrow for the lose of your wonderful father. My greatest memory of him, is his smile, and his smile had nothing but pure love behind it. Mr. Joe “Blood” will be truly missed.

  3. Joe Blood showed use how a Man! Should Love his wife and family this was a Great Man I feel like I lost my Father l will miss him saying hey Cool Viv Leach God is Love

  4. Alicia my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I love you my friend and I know what you are feeling, stay strong in your faith and God will get you through.

  5. ALICIA (my dear cousin)

    May the Peace of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ comfort you during this time of bereavement.
    There are so many precious memories to look back on when I think of my Uncle Joe Blood.
    He has fulfilled a lifetime of good deeds, love & concern for family.
    You and grand daughters have made his life so complete with enjoyment and pride.
    Praise the Lord for his life! Live on until we
    meet again. Thanks to God for his promise in John 3:16 ~~Love, your cousin Marye

  6. Pops, you became my Pops, you always made me feel at home. You made the best Northern beans. I’m going to miss your warmth and compassion. The BBQ’s in the back yard or hanging out in the basement.
    RIP

  7. Alicia,I am so sorry for your loss.I worked with Woo-Woo at the Accounting Finance Center, met her at 3300 York Street
    back in the da day. I met your Father when we moved from 3800 York Street to Lowry AFB in 1976. Woo and I were the best
    of Friends, I loved her dearly. Your Brother Bruce and I shared a Birthday April 10, We had a drink togeather every year to
    celebrate our Birthdays. We had that final drink on our Birthdays the day he passed. Your Father was a loving Man especially to Woo, and then his Family. Blood will be greatly missed, So Sorry for his passing. May he rest in enternal peace. My love to u, and daughter Autumn, Neice Tera and the rest of the extended Family.

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