Name:    Troy Carter Hutchcraft

From:  Unknown, Illinois
Date:  Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Troy C. Hutchcraft, 39, of Gibson City, died at 9:15 a.m., Monday, May 5, 2003 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.  He suffered from melanoma cancer of the brain for six weeks. 

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Paul Thomason will officiate.  Lisa Hutchcraft Whitmer will represent her father, the Rev. Ron Hutchcraft, of Ark., reading a letter, as he was unable to assist in the services.  Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City.  Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and for one hour before the service at the church.  Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements and dinner is to follow the interment in the church fellowship hall.

Troy was born December 4, 1963 in Gibson City, a son of Robert L. and Gail F. Hahn Hutchcraft.  Survivors include his parents of Gibson City; one sister, JoAnne Hutchcraft, Champaign; one niece, Jody Lyn Cline, 20 of Champaign; one nephew, Jordan Carl Hutchcraft Adams, 10, Champaign.  He was preceded by his maternal grandparents, Wm. F. and Lorene Stroh Hahn, and paternal grandparents, Clyde and Ella O. Bond Hutchcraft.

Mr. Hutchcraft lived in Gibson City all his life and was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church.  Troy graduated from Gibson City High School in 1982 and attended Parkland Jr. College for one year obtaining his license for radio.  In high school, he managed football and basketball teams earning his "G" letter his freshman year.  He was employed at WGCY Radio in Gibson City as host of "Soft Nights" as well as Sunday mornings with the live broadcasts of local churches; and had worked originally for WRTL radio in Rantoul.  He worked at Hagar Lumber Co., in Gibson City for many years; most recently, Troy was employed at Hood Ace Hardware in Gibson City where he mixed paint and enjoyed visiting with customers.  He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and Illini sports fan.  He also enjoyed dirt track racing.  Troy always had a great desire to serve people.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of the Gibson City Bible Church, the American Cancer Society or the Heritage Manor Nursing Home.