Bob Netherton was magnificently funny, simple, caring and giving. He asked for little and wanted little. His priorities were his family, which he cherished, fishing, softball, the Rockies and his New York Times crossword puzzle (he could do the Friday puzzle in less than 20 minutes). He was devoted to his sons and his wife and he would do anything to help a friend. Bob had the gift of storytelling; his one-liners could be priceless. He was born in Southwest City, Mo. on February 29, 1956 and died of a heart attack at the age of 61 - just past his 15th birthday (Leap Year) - at his home in Dillion, Colo. on May 23, 2017. He left behind his two sons, Clinton Netherton and his wife, Sarah, of Weser, Idaho and Sam Netherton of Anchorage, Ala. and four grandchildren. He also left behind his only remaining sister, Jody Henneke of Stephenville, Texas, as well as his wife, Martha Netherton, his dog, Jed, and the family cats -- Molly and Miss Tennessee. Preceding him in death were his parents, Rex and Helen Netherton, brother Ben Netherton and his sister, Ruth Hendy.
Bob started his adult life with a baseball scholarship but gave into wanderlust and found his way to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, where he worked in the oil field. He sharpened his editorial skills at the Anchorage Times and later ventured to a gig on the Exxon Valdez oil spill. After moves to Phoenix and Atlanta, Bob and Martha found their way home to Dillion in 1999. Bob found his way into the world of executive recruiting and took delight in the many conversations he had at work each day. Summers soon became his favorite time of year because he got to umpire for the Summit County Softball League. He loved it when people would call to him on the street, "Hey Blue!"
Their home base of Dillon served as the launching point for many travels - be it family visits to Idaho, Alaska, Virginia, Tennessee and Oklahoma to memory-filled jaunts in Italy, Fiji, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.
Bob's sign-off phrase and final words to everyone he encountered, especially his sons, exemplified his philosophy on life: "Have fun, be good and don't' get caught."
A memorial service for Bob will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 2 at Hudson Creek Baptist Church. Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that continues to provide steadfast support for his grandson, Parker Netherton.