Hugh K., Jr. “Hutch”
Of Cape Coral, FL & Gem Lake, MN
Hutch passed away Saturday, October 15, 2022 after a brief and vigorous battle with cancer. He was born in Minneapolis on June 18, 1953 to Hugh and Margaret “Peggy” Schilling. He spent his early years in Highland Park, where exploring the river bluffs sparked a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors.
Hutch graduated from Drake University and obtained his MBA from the University of Minnesota. As a teenager, he began working with his father at Horton Manufacturing. In 1999, Hutch created Nexen Group, Inc. With his leadership and sharp business acumen, Nexen became a leading manufacturer of precision linear motion control components, power transmission, and web tension control products. He adored his work and employees.
Hutch married Carol Christenson on September 6, 1980 and they resided in the Twin Cities. He enjoyed planning trips with his family and spending time at their cabin, encouraging everyone to enjoy the outdoors. He shared his love of traveling, skiing, and fishing with his loved ones and close friends.
Hutch was truly passionate about helping others and giving back to the community. Early in his professional life, he was involved in Junior Achievement and United Way. He later became involved with Vistage, PTDA, and was a council member for his local city council. Hutch also cared deeply for people struggling with addiction. He found his philanthropic work with Hazelden to be especially meaningful, as his own sobriety was a cornerstone of his life.
Preceded in death by his parents. Survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol (nee Christenson); children Hugh Schilling III “Hank” (Leah); Dorothy Tiernan (Andrew) and Emogene Cataldo (Kai); six grandchildren; sisters Terryl Gilbertstadt (Dave) and Lynn Brown (Charlie); nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Memorial Service Friday, October 21st at 11:00 am at THE HOUSE OF HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 797 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, United Way, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or please plant a tree in his honor.