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Michael J. Hutter died at the Newton & Wellesley Alzheimer's Center in Wellesley, Mass. He was 86. He was born in New York City, attended St. Francis College in New York and received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Long Island University. While at St. Francis College, he started his aviation career in the civilian pilot training program. in 1941, prior to Pearl Harbor, he entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program and received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1942. He was a combat veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific; and in the Korean War.
After leaving active duty with the Marine Corps in 1955, he flew for Seaboard for a short time. He joined Grumman Corp. in 1957, and worked there for 30 years. In 1986, he received the Chief of Naval Operations Meritorious Civilian Medal for his support of naval aviation.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Wilma M. (Kinsey); two sons, Michael J. Hutter Jr. and his wife, Kathleen; and Dr. Jeffrey W. Hutter and his wife, Kathleen; and five grandchildren. He is buried in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass.