Hubert S. Nethercot, Colonel (USAF) Retired, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 13, 2021, in Canon City Colorado, surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 years old and leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Elaine, the love of his life.
His family includes sister, Ann Forster (Forsyth, MO); daughter, Michelle (Clearwater, FL); son, Bert, and wife Mindy (Parker, CO); son, Mark, and wife Michelle (Canon City, CO); grandsons, Logan (Colorado Springs, CO), Luke (Gunnison, CO), Michael (Parker, CO); and granddaughter, Jenna (Parker, CO).
Hubert was born in Hutchison, Kansas, to William and Katherine Nethercot. He graduated from Maur Hill High School in Atchison, Kansas, and earned his pilot’s license just after his senior year. Hugh loved football and baseball, playing shortstop and second base for Kansas State University for three years. He taught his sons and grandsons the nuances of baseball. His son Mark played football at Adams State in Alamosa.
At KSU he joined ROTC and entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1959 at which time he married Elaine. During his career, he served at numerous bases and in various capacities until he retired in 1985. He was based at Kincheloe AFB, Moultrie, GA, Sondrestrom AFB (Greenland), U.S. Air Force Academy, was Air Force Regional Engineer at Wright Patterson (Cincinnati, OH), was a Pentagon Representative, Maxwell AFB (Alabama), he served in Vietnam, Zaragoza Spain, Command and Staff, Maxwell AFB, Air War College (Alabama), Headquarters USAF Strategic Air Command (Omaha, NE), Whiteman AFB (MO), Grand Forks AFB (North Dakota) and Space Command Headquarters, Peterson AFB (Colorado Springs).
He earned numerous medals, including The Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), the Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with One OLC, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with five OLC, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two BSS, AF Outstanding Unit Award, RVN Gallantry Cross, Unit Citation with Palm and RVN Campaign Medal.
Hugh was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Colorado Springs where he helped establish the Fraternal Order of Knights of Columbus Council #12228. He was a 4th Degree Knight, lifetime member, and was Grand Knight from 1999-2001. He was very active at St Francis and made homemade ice cream for the sisters of Mount St. Francis.
After he retired from the Air Force, he worked for the PGAV, an architectural firm, as the Vice President of Sales and then at Digital Equipment Corporation as the Facility Manager. He retired and became a Snowbird in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for 18 winters. He and his wife returned full-time to Colorado Springs until moving to Parker, CO. They moved to Canon City in 2021, which became his final home.
Hugh loved to travel and was a kind, loving man who spent his free time with his family. He went to all his son's ball games and was an avid supporter of his grandkids and their sports. He supported and attended to his daughter’s interests as well. He enjoyed playing golf, shooting pool, and going to the casinos where he played the slots. He took his entire family to Maui Hawaii, to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. He was very much loved by his family and will be greatly missed.
Services will be held on Monday, November 29, 2021, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, CO, beginning with the Rosary from 9:30 – 9:45 a.m., followed by visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception. Interment will be at Pikes Peak National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in Colorado Springs, CO. If you would like to contribute to any of these memorials in Colonel Nethercot's name, please feel free to do so with any Disabled Veterans Association of your choice, Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity - Kansas State, Sisters of St. Francis, K of C – St. Francis, or St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.