Estes Park resident Norm Knox died unexpectedly at the Medical Center of the Rockies on Saturday, November 1, 2008. He was 61 years old. Norman Henry Knox, III was born August 6, 1947 in Monroe, LA. His parents were Norman Henry and Katherine (Springfield) Knox, Jr.
Norm graduated from West Monroe High School in 1965; the United States Air Force Academy, class of 1969, in Colorado Springs, CO; the University of Northern Colorado with a Master’s in Business Administration. He married Sherryl Lee Kinchla on November 18, 1972 at Hamilton Air Force Base, CA. After graduation from the Air Force Academy as a Second Lieutenant, he served three tours in Vietnam as a KC 135 pilot. He was then a squadron Standard Evaluation instructor at Travis Air Force Base in CA. Norm was awarded the Air Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Medal (Cambodia), Air Force Longevity Service Award with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and Parachute Badge. Norm was honorably discharged from active duty in May, 1980 but continued to serve in Reserve status at the Pentagon until 1991. He was a commercial pilot for 20 years for Eastern Airlines and Delta Airlines and retired in 2004.
Norm was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal church where he was a reader, a volunteer with the Roadhogs of Rocky Mountain National Park, President of Estes Park Aviation Club, member of the Colorado Historical Society, member of the Association of Graduates at the USAFA. He was an avid hiker and lover of Rocky Mountain National Park. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, volunteering at Wild Basin visitor center, participating in the Newcomer’s Club and being “Father of the Brides.”
Norm was a devoted son and brother, loving husband and father and loyal friend to many. He was a man of integrity, honesty and contemplative by nature. He had a deep love of the mountains and their majestic beauty. He always felt so fortunate to have such a wonderful family and daughters and to have obtained his life long dream to live in such a beautiful place.
Norm is survived by his wife, Sherryl of Estes Park; daughters Sara Knox-Leech and husband Daniel of San Diego, CA; Rachel Lee Knox and fiancé Dean Lucas of Chico, CA; mother Katherine Knox of West Monroe, LA; sisters Patsy Gregory and husband Johnny of West Monroe, LA, Kathy Knox of Baton Rouge, LA; an Aunt Nelda Boultinghouse of West Monroe, LA and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Norman Knox, Jr.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Interment with military honors will take place at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Friday, November 7, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at Air Force Academy National Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Officer’s Club. Memorial contributions can be made to Rocky Mountain Nature Association Trails Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to see Norm’s on-line obituary and send a message to the family.