Robert H. Recker (November 13, 1954 – September 28, 2021)

Robert H. Recker, 66, formerly of Green River, WY, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021 with his family at home in Des Moines.

The tour will take place on Friday, October 8th, from 4pm to 7pm. at the Conway Markham Funeral Home, 508 Maple Street, Elma, Iowa. The funeral will take place on Saturday, October 9th at 10:30 am at the Conway Markham Funeral Home, the funeral will follow immediately. Commemorative donations can be made to the family.

Robert was born on November 11, 1954, the fifth of six children to Edwin and Katherine (Meirick) in New Hampton, IA. He attended school in New Hampton, Iowa, which he graduated in 1972. Robert worked on the farm with his parents. On September 4, 1982, he married Mary Jane Roeder at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cresco, Iowa.

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Robert and his wife continued farming in Alta Vista for 38 years. During this time, three children joined her family: Ryan (Michele) Recker from Panora, Kelsey Jane (deceased) and Katelyn Recker, Des Moines. His beloved family includes his four grandchildren: Faith Recker, Grace Recker, Hope Recker and Isaac Recker.

They moved to Manly, Iowa, in 2000, before moving to Green River, WY, in 2005, where he and Mary Jane pastors for Harvestime Church. Robert had several jobs in Wyoming including managing an apartment complex and transporting others. He loved helping others and always had a smile on his face and time to chat, especially when it came to sharing his love for the Lord. His work as a hospital chaplain at Sweetwater County’s Memorial Hospital in Rock Springs, WY gave him one more opportunity to do so.

Robert loved nature through and through, grew up hunting, fishing, farming and later enjoyed the vast expanses of Wyoming. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and four-wheelers with his wife and family, and particularly liked the Flaming Gorge near Rock Springs, WY. He enjoyed attending sports and other events for his grandchildren and loved when they stayed on one-on-one. He also liked the family’s pets, Winston and Lady. And although he loved his wife and family dearly, he was especially devoted to the Lord and preached many sermons in Green River until he could no longer do so for health reasons.

Robert leaves behind his 39-year-old wife Mary Jane, son Ryan and daughter Katelyn and their families, brother John (Marlys) Recker and sisters Nancy Ungs, Karen (Tom) Wyatt, Kay (Dan) Hartson and JoAnn (Jerry) Hello. He also leaves behind his in-laws, many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and nephews.

Robert left his parents Edwin and Katherine Recker, daughter Kelsey Jane, in-laws Urban and Marian Roeder, brother-in-law Mike Ungs, sister-in-law Rose Spence, nephew Scott Recker and niece Angela Hannon.

Robert’s family is particularly grateful to the staff at Unity Point Health and Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines for their special care. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert H. Recker, please visit our Tribute Store.

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