Gary Lee Recker

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Gary L. Recker, age 58 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Gary Lee Recker was born on October 20, 1957 to Joseph and Margaret (Gansen) Recker in New Hampton, Iowa. He was a 1976 graduate of New Hampton High School. Gary was united in marriage to Nyla Mai on April 27, 1977 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. He hauled canned milk for a local creamery and was a route driver for Culligan. Gary spent his life farming along side his father, Joseph until taking over the farming operations in 2001 and continued farming until the present. Gary enjoyed music and loved to play his guitar. He truly enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycle, 1973 Challenger and farming. Gary’s greatest enjoyment was his love for his family and friends. He was a member of Holy Family Parish in New Hampton. Left to cherish Gary’s memory are his parents, Joseph and Margaret Recker of New Hampton; his loving wife of 38 years, Nyla of New Hampton; his children, Jesse (Amy) Recker of San Diego, CA, Keith (Jamie) Recker of Waterloo, IA, James (Chelsey) Recker of Rochester, MN and Crystal (Austin) Scott of Carroll, IA; six grandchildren, Rylan, Arianna, Anders, Cameron, Vivian and Violet; his brother, Steve Recker of New Hampton; his sisters, Sharon (Dave) Moreno of Chino Valley, AZ, Shirley (Steve) Babcock of New Hampton and Beverly (Rick) Christeson of Manly, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Recker and sister, Donna Recker.

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  1. My sympathy to Gary’s family. I worked out at Christensen’s Soft Water when Gary did. He was a very
    quiet mannered, hard working, pleasant man to be around. He was a joy to know. God rest his soul and God Bless his family.
    Mary Wegner

  2. Nyla and Family,
    No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that Gray is now resting in the arms of our Lord. My deepest condolences to you and your family
    Donna Ambrose and Family

  3. Nyla and your family I am very sorry for the loss of Gary but hold the memories close to your heart
    Karen Rodemaker

  4. Nyla, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of Gary as well as Gary’s family, and all the lives he touched. I went to high school with Gary and during that time, and when I saw him at out last class reunion, the one thing that always stood out was his big smile. May that smile remain with you always. There just aren’t enough words to express the sorrow I feel for you and your family, but I will keep you all in my prayers. Take care and God Bless. Valerie Martin

  5. So sorry for your loss Recker family. Gary was a great guy. Jake has many memories from growing up. Thoughts and prayers to all. Jake, Cassie and girls

  6. To all the recker clan…..this just makes my heart heavy to have you go through this loss….what a kind, loving father and husband to lose so young…he will be looking down on you and his spirit will be constant in your lives….I know you have tons of fun memories that bring smiles along with the tears….may God bless you…..

  7. To Nyla & family, We are so sorry to hear this sad news. We are thinking of you all in thoughts & prayers. Dan, Peg, Danielle, Garrett & Lance Testroet

  8. All our thoughts and prayers to Gary’s family. May his memories and knowing that he is no longer in pain give you comfort. David and Jeanne Roder

  9. Nyla & Family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. I remember him working @ the truck stop & I waitressed @ the Crystal Grill. There were always keggers @ Twin Ponds. The Good Ole’ Days. God Bless You at this time of loss. He was taken away too soon. I remember that blonde hair he had & was quiet til you got to know him. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Debbie (Vorwald) Morrison

  10. Nyla and family,
    You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Gary was such a nice man and always had a smile. Cherish your memories of all the wonderful years you shared.
    Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  11. So sorry for your loss Gary and Rich were classmates and your kids and our kids grew up together, God bless you all. The Hackmans Rich and Jean.

  12. To Nyla and all of the Recker Family, My deepest sympathy at your loss. I have so many great memories of spending time at the Recker house growing up. You were the best neighbors! May God comfort all of you during this difficult time. Chris, Pam, Monica and Eric Brown.

  13. To the entire Recker family, we send our thoughts, prayers and sympathy. We remember Gary with that huge smile and his gentle, wise ways. His love of music was especially shared with our son. What a brave battle he fought, rest well Gary. Dave and Terry Utterback and family

  14. Nyla, Jesse, Keith, James, Crystal, Joe, Margaret, Steve, Sharon, Shirley, and Beverly:
    So sorry for the loss of Gary. He truly was an amazing man. Words cannot begin to tell how one must feel. Most people go through life with only one best friend if they are lucky, but Gary had a numerous amount. He always treated everyone as though they were his, and this is why I am proud to claim him as my best friend.
    Semper Fi , take care, until we meet again.

    Lee & Laurie Schissel

  15. To all of Gary’s family, my sincere sympathy. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your memories close and remember his beautiful smile.

  16. To the entire Recker family-
    We send our sympathy and prayers to you all. Gary lives on in all of you. He always showed so much pride in his family.
    Jerry & Connie Kramer

  17. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary’s family. He has put up a long fight. Gary did love his motorcycles. I remember when Gary was going to be Alta Vita’s ” Evel kneival” out at buholtz pond one summer many years ago when we were teenagers! God has helped him with this next jump to heaven.
    Again my condolences. Linda Mc Connell

  18. Gone to soon…so many memories of Gary from as long as I can remember from Xmas at Grandma’s house to high school parties……A girl could not of had a better cousin to spend all her school years with, we had a lot of laughs… and we may have caused a “bit” of grief for the Sisters of Saint Williams! Gary was just fun to be around, and made you feel good, his smile says it all. I cannot imagine all that he went through these last years, or how he handled it all, but I do know that all of his family was his greatest source of smiles, strength, support, and comfort, he left behind a wonderful posse to carry on his memory, he may be gone from this earth for now, but will never be forgotten! Rest in peace Gary you did good….

  19. Our deepest sympathies to Nyla and family! Gary was one of those that always made you feel like you were part of the group. He was a friend of many and the times shared will always be memories to carry forward. So happy had the chance to stop and visit with him recently. He fought the battle well and even through the pain did not hear him complain as we visited. Rest in peace, friend! May God bless the family always! Dave and Cindi Freidhof

  20. Our family was so blessed to have Gary and Nyla and all of the Recker family as neighbors. They were not neighbors, but family to me. Gary always had a smile and would always do anything to help you out. To Nyla & family and Joe, Margaret, Steve, Sharon, Shirley, and Bev you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kevin and Jennifer Masemann

  21. My sincerest sympathy to the Recker family. Gary always had a smile for everyone. I enjoyed working with him at Christensens/Culligan.. My love & prayers to all.

  22. I had the pleasure of working on Gary’s 73 Challenger he liked detail and brought his restored Challenger in for steering problems I had the pleasure of rebuilding the transmission while he restored the car. He was a soft spoken man and I will miss his company

    Ted Crawford
    Transmissions Unlimited
    Elma , Iowa

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