Robert E. "Bob" NETHERCUT
Age 88 Died peacefully on September 2, 2013 Bob was born June 16, 1925 in Mansfield, Ohio to Don and Helen Nethercut. He is survived by Jean, his loving wife of 64 years, and their four children: Janet, Richard (Loni Kemp), Doug (Diana DuBois) and Jim; also survived by his brother Gordon, six granddaughters (Laura, Sara, Megan, Hannah, Sophie and Rachel) and two great-grandchildren. After graduating from Elyria (Ohio) High School in 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in France and Germany during WWII. After the war Bob graduated from Wooster College, where he met Jean McAfee. They were married in 1949. After he earned an M.S. in Physics from Ohio State University, they moved to Minnesota in 1951. Bob worked for 15 years as a research scientist with Honeywell. He also became involved in local government and politics, serving as a City Council Trustee and then Mayor of Arden Hills. In 1967 Bob changed careers and spent 20 years on the staff of the Metropolitan Council where he served in several positions, including the Director of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission. He played an instrumental role in the development of the Twin Cities regional park system and earned an M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Minnesota. Bob loved working with others to make good things happen. He held key leadership positions with many organizations, including Presbyterian Church of the Way, Minnesota Senior Federation, North Suburban Golden Kiwanis Club, YMCA (Family) Camp DuNord, YMCA Camp Menogyn, the Citizens League, Roseville Citizens Forum, and the Ramsey County Parks and Open Space Commission. Above all else, Bob was a friendly, generous and kind person with a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Visitation 9:30 AM and Service at 11:00 AM, Friday, September 6, at Presbyterian Church of the Way, 3382 Lexington Avenue, Shoreview, MN 55126. Luncheon following service. Memorials to YMCA Camp Menogyn or Presbyterian Church of the Way. Bob's family would like to thank The Optage Healthcare and Hospice team at Presbyterian Homes Johanna Shores, along with the staff at the Care Center who so lovingly cared for him through his last days.

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Jean and family,

I am sorry to hear about Bob's death. He was a thoughtful caring person and an inspiration to me and many others.

You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of grief.
John Marty
September 16, 2013
Bob was one the stalwarts during my 16 years on the staff of the Citizens League in the 1980's and 90's. Always kind and polite but with a razor-sharp intellect. Certainly one of the best of the greatest generation.
Phil Jenni
September 6, 2013
We give our condolences to you Jean and the family. We have been blessed by your caring and support through the years. You all have a special place in our hearts. We send our thoughts and prayers.

The Vuong Family
September 6, 2013
Doug pleae accept prayer from the Crosby Family in your loss. We understand the impact of a loss and the grief that follows. Take time to grieve.
September 5, 2013
Doug and Family -

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father - what an amazing life he has had! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. All of us that are part of your YMCA family across the world are thinking of you and sending positive energy!
sharon berglund
September 5, 2013
I had the great pleasure of working with Bob for many years at the Metropolitan Council. I was in housing and the Development Framework and he helped make Regional Parks a key piece of all activities. Condolences to all the Nethercuts.

Chuck Ballentine
September 5, 2013
Hands down the nicest guy I ever worked for. A big loss. My thoughts to the family and his many, many friends.
Gary Oberts
September 4, 2013
Jim, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts go out to you and your family.

Dick and Sue
Dick and Sue Dwallibee
September 4, 2013
Jim, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts go out to you and your family.

Dick and Sue
Dick and Sue Ddwallibee
September 4, 2013
My sincere condolences to you Jean and your family. Bob touched so many people and worked hard for many good causes. His legacy lives on.
Arne Stefferud
September 4, 2013
What an extraordinary life. Prayers to your family during this time. Love, the Bells (friends of Megan)
Jenna Bell
September 4, 2013
Thank you for the many happy memories with you and your family.
Sharon Elek
September 4, 2013