Scott M. Hoversten (1947-2017)

Scott M. Hoversten
December 16, 1947 – June 5, 2017 

Retired Air Force Colonel Scott M. Hoversten, age 69, of O’Fallon, Ill., born December 16, 1947 in Los Angeles, Calif., passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

Scott had been Air Force his whole life. His dad was a World War II fighter pilot, and he was raised as a “brat” as his dad served his 20 years. He was a 1970 graduate of the Air Force Academy with a BS in Chemistry. He further earned his MS in Chemistry from UCLA and an MS in Computing and Information Systems from SIUE. His 26-year military career included serving as a C-130 navigator in Southeast Asia, Squadron and Wing level Standardization/Evaluation Navigator at Little Rock AFB, Ark., Associate Professor at USAFA, and Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor at Travis AFB, Calif. He was past Squadron Commander of the 63rd OMS, Norton AFB, Calif. and the 603rd Consolidated AMS at Kadena AB, Japan. In 1991, he was assigned to HQ MAC, Scott AFB, where he served in various leadership positions, including Wing Director of Staff, until his retirement in 1996.

Colonel Hoversten was well respected for his military achievements, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Legion of Merit, to cite a few. He had over 3000 flying hours including 900 hours of combat time.

After his military retirement, Scott worked as a Senior Systems Analyst for Sumaria Systems, Inc., and as a Lead Systems Architect for MITRE Corporation. Once fully retired, he so enjoyed it because everyday is a Saturday. He was a sweet, loving and devoted husband, a doting and understanding father, and a fun and mischievous granddad. He was a good listener and always kept a curious and open mind. His kindness, generosity, optimism, and dry and clever wit earned him the love and admiration of his family and friends. He truly embodied being an officer and a gentleman in his career and throughout his lifetime.

Scott enjoyed reading, listening to opera and classical music, puttering around the house, digging and planting in the backyard, going out to dinners and movies with his family and friends. He treasured visits and discussions with his daughter and son-in-law, and showing his grandchildren how to be kids. He was happy and content when in his beautiful home with his wife, family, and friends. He was a wonderful man who had a life very well-lived.

He was preceded in death by his father Herman Hoversten and his mother Florence “Fonnie” Hoversten.

Surviving are his loving wife, Yolanda Hoversten; his daughter Veronica Hoversten and her husband Paul Washburn of O’Fallon; his grandkids Molly and Toby Washburn; his brother Gregg Hoversten and his wife Kathy of Morro Bay, Calif., nieces Danielle and Sara; his sister-in-law Zenaida Branson of Colorado Springs, Colo., niece Kim and nephews James and Patrick, and grandniece, Anighya.

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A memorial gathering will be held 2 – 4 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home. A private committal service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon.