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Jay Dee Hutchinson

A funeral Service for Jay Dee “JD” (Heidi) Hutchinson, 56, of Wibaux, Montana was Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at the Wibaux County High School Gymnasium in Wibaux. For those who want to take one last ride with JD, you are welcome to bring a horse and follow the horse drawn carriage to the Wibaux Exhibit Hall following the service.

Visitation for JD will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Wibaux.

JayDee passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at his ranch north of Wibaux. Montana with his dog, Dakota and his dad’s dog, Pepper at his side.

Jay Dee “JD” Hutchinson was born March 27, 1958 to Glenn & Bonita “Bonnie” Arlene Smith Hutchinson in Glendive, MT. JD was raised on the family ranch north of Wibaux. He attended school in Wibaux until March of 1977, when he moved to Cody, Wyoming where he graduated from high school. JD returned to Wibaux and worked as rough neck in the oil field, for Smith Cattle Company and on the race track. After getting hurt on the oil rig, he returned to the family ranch to help his father.

In 1982, JD fell in love with Heidi Cox and they have been together for 32 years. Heidi tells the story of getting on the school bus in the 6th grade and the only seat left was one with JD. Who knew back then what this would lead to? JD started rodeoing at the age of eight when he competed in Little Britches rodeos and high school rodeos. He competed in all three rough stock events and roping. JD was a great team roper; however he put his team roping on the back burner so he could take his kids rodeoing.

JD was so proud of his kids. He even had a MHSRA coat that said “Shae’s Dad.” After the kids were done with high school rodeo, JD started judging rodeos. JD was willing to help any kid in the rodeo arena and was a babysitter for his adopted children; Kaci Jo and the Tousignant boys. JD passed his love for hunting “the big buck” to his son, Tyler and the love of ranching and roping to both Tyler & Shae. Heidi was the love of his life; he would do anything for her from helping coach volleyball, making Christmas goodies, to this year cooking Thanksgiving dinner. JD was a man of very few words and smiles, except for the children in his life and his new grandson, Kacin. He was never without a rope, a good horse, and a cow dog at his side. At the time of his death, JD was Wibaux County Weed Supervisor, a director for the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and a rodeo judge. He had just bought the family ranch and was working it with Heidi, Tyler, Shae and his sister, Bev.

God must have needed another good cowboy, so he called JD to come cross the great divide to be with his dad, where they are ranching and roping in that big arena in the sky. JD was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Heidi; son, Tyler; daughter, Shae (Dale) Peplinski; his pride and joy grandson, Kacin Paul; his faithful dog, Dakota; sister ,Beverly Hutchinson of Miles City, MT; one uncle, Keith Hutchinson of Gillette, WY; his special kids, Kaci Jo Hougland, Ty, Colton and Chas Tousignant; and two other siblings.

A memorial rodeo scholarship fund has been established in memory of J.D. at Stockman’s Bank in Wibaux.


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