Harlin K. Hutsell, 74, son of Everett and Audrey Young Hutsell, was born June 17, 1926, at Mountain Grove. He died March 4, 2001. A 1944 graduate of Mountain Grove High School, he was active in the Future Farmers of America and sports. He received honors in FFA, track and football. One of his sports highlights was playing three consecutive years in the Ozark Bowl which at that time was considered an honor. One his favorite stories was the Panthers’ holding conference rivals scoreless for an entire season. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He received training at Great Lakes, Ill., and Williamsburg, Va. He spent two years in active duty on the USS Carteret APO 70 seeing action in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After his discharge, he enrolled at Southwest Missouri State College, where he played four years for the Bears and was voted most outstanding back his senior year. He married Jeanette Wade in 1948 and graduated from SMS in 1950. The Harlins had two children. He taught high school and coached prep football at Houston. They family moved to Springfield in 1954, where he was associated with the Springfield School System. He assisted in developing the driver’s education curriculum that was being established. He was assigned to Central High School, where he taught driver’s education and was an assistant football coach. He transferred to Parkview High School in 1956, where he taught driver’s education and was assistant football coach. He was later the head football coach for 12 years. He earned his master’s degree in education from Drury College. He retired in 1986 after teaching and coaching 30 years at Parkview. The Harlins moved to their farm at Mountain Grove, where he gardened and raised Limousin cattle. He was active in the First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for many years and worked with the youth. He was preceded in death by a son, Kyle Ray Hutsell; and his parents. Surviving are his wife of 52 years; his daughter, Rhonda Gibson; two brothers, Hulen and J.D. Hutsell; three sisters, Virlee Cardin, Vera Austin and Valera Blackwell; and four grandchildren. Services were March 7 at the First Baptist Church in Springfield with Dr. Ron Milne and the Rev. Guy Lawyer of-ficiating. Burial was in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery. under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South of Springfield.”

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