Edwin Recker

edwin recker
Edwin Recker, age 94, of Alta Vista, IA, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2011 with his family gathered around him at Colonial Manor in Elma. Edwin Carl Recker was born June 17, 1917 along with his twin brother, Elmer to Clem and Ida (Willenburg) Recker in Chickasaw County near Alta Vista. He had six brothers; Al, Art, Herb, Elmer, Leonard and Joe and two sisters; Rose and Clara. They grew up on a farm and helped with all the farm chores. Ed attended St. William’s school in Alta Vista and completed eight years of school. After school he continued to help his father on the farm. On September 17, 1940, Ed was united in marriage to Katherine Meirick at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista. To this union six children were born; John, Nancy, Kay, Karen, Robert and Joanne. They milked cows for 25 years, raised hogs and crop farmed for 42 years west of Alta Vista before building a home and retiring in Alta Vista in 1982. After retiring Ed continued to have an interest in farming and would go for his daily drives throughout the countryside to check the crops and see what other farmers were doing. Ed and Katherine were married for 67 years before Katherine passed away in October of 2007. Farming was very important to Ed but he and Katherine found time to attend several dances as they both enjoyed music and dancing. They enjoyed various bus tours throughout the United States and traveled to Alaska twice. Ed found entertainment in watching baseball, especially the Twins and Cubs. He was fond of visiting with others about farming and always looked forward to spending time with his family. Ed served on the board of Cresco Creamery for six years and was also a Trustee in Deerfield Township for 23 years. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Ed is survived by two sons; John (Marlys) Recker of Roswell, GA, Robert (Mary Jane) Recker of Green River, WY, Nancy (Michael) Ungs of Alta Vista, Kay (Dan) Hartson of New Hampton, Karen (Tom) Wyatt of Eldridge, IA, Joanne (Jerry) Heying of New Hampton; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph (Margaret) Recker of Alta Vista; one sister-in-law, Madonna Recker of Alta Vista and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Katherine, October 31, 2007; his brothers Herbert, Art, Al, Leonard, and his twin brother, Elmer; his sisters, Clara and Rose and his granddaughters, Victoria, Kathy, Megan and Kelsey. Cemetery: Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Alta Vista. Memorials may be directed to the Recker family. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm, Friday, September 9, 2011 with a 4:30pm rosary and 7:00pm scriptural wake service at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30am, Saturday, September 10, 2011 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, Iowa with Father Ray Atwood celebrating.

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  1. Rest in peace Dad……..you have earned your eternal reward. We love you and will miss you!
    Son John & daughter-in-law Marlys

  2. Dearest Grandpa,

    I think the Lord chose a fitting day to bring you home-
    Labor day and the month I was born. You will never know the impact you made on me but one day we can have that discussion in Heaven. Give Grandma a BIG HUG and tell her we love her.
    See you both one day!
    We love you Grandpa- you were one of the best and will be missed!
    Love your granddaughter Michelle and husband Ted, great granddaughter’s Samantha and Mikinzie and great grandson Lucas-

  3. Joanne, Jerry & Family,
    You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. If there’s anything we can do to help out, please let us know.
    Al, Nikki, Ethan, Emma & Elaina

  4. Joanne, Jerry, and family,
    We wanted to extend our sympathy for the loss of your father. He enjoyed a long life with family and friends and can now rest in peace for eternity.
    Joe and Sharon

  5. Recker family, It is sad losing your parent, even knowing he had a long and good life. My thoughts are with all of you. Cousin, Jill

  6. To the entire Recker family: You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. May your happy memories bring you peace and healing.

  7. To the Recker family,
    Thinking about all of you as you mourn the loss of your Dad. I had the priviledge of being neighbors with Ed and Katherine while I lived in Alta Vista. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. We are sorry for your loss of a wonderful family member. One thing I remember about uncle Ed was his genuine interest in us kids regarding how we were doing. That did mean alot. However we are happy his days of suffering are over and he can now rest. Uncle Ed has left us with many good memories. Thinking of you.

  9. I will say that I knew the definition of work when I went to Grandpa’s farm to pick rock or bale hay. I also remember that Grandma made sure you didn’t go hungy. Great memories.

  10. In early July, I had a few minutes to visit with your dad when I stopped at Colonial Manor. We had a good visit. He spoke of being ready to let go and be in a more satisfying place.

    Know of my prayers at this time. Judy Sinnwell

  11. Kay, Karen and Nancy, Wanting you to know that you and your families are in our prayers. It is very difficult to lose your father no matter where you are in life and we wish you healing and love during this sad time. Our sincere sympathy.

  12. My sympathy to the whole Recker family. Ed always had a good sense of humor. Suppose he and my Dad have shared a few stories and “refreshments” by now in their eternal home?

    God bless all of you.

  13. Our deepest sympathy to the Recker family for the loss of your father, brother, grandfather & great grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in knowing this truly was a man who had a life well lived.

  14. Our sympathy to the family of Ed Recker. We always enjoyed visiting with Ed and hearing his stories.
    We will be in Colorado this week end. So sorry we will not be here to attend the Funeral Mass. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Louise and Don

  15. Recker Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayer at this diifficult time.

    Duane and Marlys Hackman

  16. To the Recker Family we send our prayers and thoughts. But your Dad had a long life and a lot of memories to talk about. So strange to have just seen Kay Friday nite, Just wish i could have gotten to talk to you. And yes Johnny good to see you at the last reunion. Love to all the family. Lois and Don

  17. Edwin Recker family,
    Take comfort in knowing he is at peace now and rejoined with his wife, parents, brothers, and sisters probably playing cards. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  18. I didn’t know Ed, but do knall ow he produced some great kids! I am certain you will honor him during your time on this earth.

  19. With deepest sympathy! Lots of memories of growing up around the various Recker familiies. A great loss for a great man.

  20. Karen & Kay & the rest of the Recker family, I just want to extend my sympathy . You have great memeories to hold on to. My prayers are with all of you.

  21. Dear Recker family,
    We were out in Yellowstone National Park when we got the news of your father passing away. If we would have been home we surly would have come to the services.
    Ted and I are so glad we saw Ed in August when we were in Iowa. God sure puts us in the right place at the right time.As we did get to visit one last time with your dad.
    All our love,
    Kathie and Ted

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