Erma L. Hutchman
February 21, 1918 ‒ August 11, 2009
Erma Lockwood Hutchman, age 91, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, August 11, 2009.
On February 21, 1918, Erma was born in West Mansfield, Ohio, the daughter of the late P.D. and Marie (Wyeth) Lockwood. Shortly thereafter her family moved to Midland, Pennsylvania, where she would graduate from Lincoln High School. Later, she attended Indiana State Teachers College in Indiana, Pennsylvania, where she majored in Home Economics.
As a graduation present from one of her high school teachers, Erma received a set of driving lessons. During those lessons, William “Bill” Hutchman, finally expressed his interest in Erma, as it was now appropriate to do so, and they began their courtship. On August 19, 1937, Erma and Bill were married in Midland, Pennsylvania. They truly complimented one another and were very supportive of each other’s interests and life passions. They shared nearly sixty-four wonderful years of marriage, until Bill preceded her in death on June 13, 2001.
In 1947, Erma and Bill moved to Marion to help her family with the Lockwood Lumber Company. They were involved in all the aspects of operations in the family business. Eventually they would own and operate the store themselves for about ten years until they retired in 1976. Erma even designed and drew her own blue prints for the house of her and Bill’s dreams on Vernon Heights Boulevard.
Always dedicated to her church family, Erma was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session and held several offices in the Women’s Association.
With her interests being focused on others, never on herself, Erma also volunteered with many organizations throughout the community. She served on the Mental Health Board, was President of the Auxiliary of the Med-Center Hospital, served as a Girl Scout Leader and Camp Chairman, and volunteered at the Marion County Historical Society.
At peace with a paint brush in her hands, Erma loved oil painting and dabbled in it for years. At the lumberyard, she would paint all kinds of furniture, catering her pieces to children with designs such as lady bugs and flowers. She also frequented many arts and craft shows to get inspiration for new projects and purchase inventory for the Med-Center Gift Shop.
She shared her love of painting with her son, Ed, and they are proud that some of their work is on display at the Marion County Historical Society.
Sharing an interest in flowers with her husband, Erma loved arranging the countless varieties she and her husband grew. They also were active together in the Garden Club, where she presented many programs on the drying and arranging of flowers.
She also loved cake decorating especially bear, clown and doll birthday cakes for her grandchildren always served with homemade ice cream molds.
In their later years, Erma and Bill enjoyed traveling with the Rose Society of Marion. With the society they traveled as far as Hawaii and Scotland. They also enjoyed wintering in Florida for several years.
Erma will be dearly missed by her family including her son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Carrie Ludwig Hutchman of Marion, and their children: Bill (Carrie) Hutchman II of Marion, and Katie (John) Ulicny of Delaware; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Kelly Epperly of Anna, Ohio, and their children: Kathy (Tony) Manning of Durham, North Carolina, Debbie (John) Wallace of Pickerington, and Kelly Epperly of Anna, Ohio; nine great grandchildren: Jessica and Trey Manning, Wade, Mitchell and Meg Hutchman, Kayla and Aaron Howard, and Mary and Grace Ulicny; one niece, Judy Lockwood of Powell and one nephew, Bill Wardle of Pinellas Park, Florida.
Her brother, Carroll Lockwood and nephew, David Lockwood, also preceded Erma in death.
The Hutchman family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where services celebrating her life will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Charles R. Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neighborhood Supper Program (% of the First Presbyterian Church) or to the First Presbyterian Church. They can be sent in care of the Funeral home.
For those wishing to express their condolences to Erma’s family online, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.