Pastor Charles E. Nethercott, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
Charles Nethercott was born to Wilfred and Carrie (Kelly) Nethercott on August 18, 1921 in Clear Creek, Ontario, Canada. He grew up on a dairy farm, the oldest of six children. He attended country school and worked on his father’s farm. In 1939 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior. In 1940 he enrolled as a student at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills, Alberta. In 1942 he joined the Army in Calgary, Alberta.
On April 11, 1944 Charles was united in marriage to Ruth Eliason. He then served in England from 1944-46 in the Army Medical Corps. Following his discharge from the Army, he returned to Prairie Bible College, where he graduated in 1949. He served as pastor in numerous churches in Canada and the United States for 52 years, retiring in 2001.
Charles served as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes from 1980 to 1986, and as the visitation pastor from 1993 to 2001.
Surviving Charles are two daughters, Judy (Jim) Knoll of Pelican Rapids and June (David) Hennings of Greenwood, Neb.; three sons, David (Diane) Nethercott of Fulton, N.Y., James (Debra) Nethercott of Indianapolis, Ind., and Paul (Nancy) Nethercott of Tokyo, Japan; 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Alma (George) Stone of Ontario, Canada; two brothers, Murray (Marilyn) Nethercott of Ontario, Canada, and Frank Nethercott of Naples, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Charles in death were his wife Ruth (2001); daughter, Margaret Mosher; two brothers, Harold and Stewart Nethercott; and his parents.
Visitation is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 12 at First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes, with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.
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