Joseph John Recker, 80, of Marion, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Promise House in Hiawatha. Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Marion, where a visitation will begin at 9 a.m. The Rev. David O'Connor will officiate. Graveside service: 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Prairieburg. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving Joseph are his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Machart) Recker; his children, Deb (Randy) Byers of Anamosa, Denise (Gerry) Weimer of Marshalltown and Alan (Julie) Recker of Cedar Rapids; his siblings, Donald (MaryJeanne) Recker of Springville, Jean Muller of Highland Village, Texas, Judy (Lester) Kehoe of Monticello and Richard (Barb) Recker of Manchester; his grandchildren, Adam Byers, Cassie Caldwell, Heather Blais, Shawna Weimer, Adam Conway, Brianna Steitzer and Cassie Steitzer; and eight great-grandchildren.
His parents, Alois and Ethel Recker, and twin brother, James Recker, preceded him in death.
Joseph was born Dec. 3, 1935, in Earlville, Iowa, the son of Alois and Ethel (Besler) Recker. He graduated from St. Patrick's High School in Ryan. He married Barbara A. Machart on April 26, 1955, in Prairieburg. Joseph worked for the Men's Reformatory in Anamosa for 12 years and Rockwell Collins. He retired from AEGON in 2002.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion and Knights of Columbus and a volunteer at Jones Regional Medical Center.
Joseph was a man of strong faith, practicing and living it daily. His family and friends were an important part of his life and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Please leave a message for the family on the web page, www.cedarmemorial.com, under obituaries.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Promise House in memory of Joseph.
Posted on Saturday, 30 July 2016