Obituary Record

Merlin H Recker
Died on 4/10/2016

#1 Posted on line 13 April 2016; Published in The Enterprise, Friday 15 April 2016

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Merlin H. Recker, 81

Merlin H. Recker, 81, of Fremont, NE, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Fremont. Merlin was born July 13, 1934 in West Point, NE, to Frank and Antonette (Wolken) Recker.

He graduated from West Point Guardian Angels High School in 1952. Merlin enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1954 until 1956. After returning home, he married Wilma Wuestewald on January 9, 1957, in West Point. Merlin worked at the Fremont Post Office, as a window clerk for most of his 35-year career, retiring in 1995. During retirement, he worked part time for Moostash Joe Tours and also did driving for Napa Auto Parts in Fremont. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with Wilma.

Merlin was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fremont, very active member of Knights of Columbus Council 1497 and member of Fr. Leo Raus Assembly 4th Degree. He was a member of the American Legion Post 20 of Fremont. His passions in life were playing cards with his friends, playing golf whenever he could, and spending time with his family.

Merlin is survived by his loving wife, Wilma; children: Judy (Kirk) Brooks of Fremont, Jane (Tom) Steinbach of Lincoln, Joe (Sherri) Recker of Lincoln, Joan (Bryan) Clark of Papillion and Jenifer (Ron) Sorensen of Blair; 14 grandchildren: Amanda (Jake) Hansen, Mikala (Wally) Thompson, Kelvin (Alex) Brooks, John and Bill Steinbach, Zach and Luke Recker, Michelle, Aaron and Juliet Clark, Kaylee, Jacob, Megan, and Hans Sorensen; 6 great-grandchildren: Lily and Emma Hansen, Beckett and Mareck Thompson, and Elise and Scarlett Brooks; brother, Dale (Charlene) Recker of Glenwood, Iowa; sisters: Mary Ann Wuestewald, Yvonne (Jerry) Peatrowsky, and Sharon Buck, all of West Point; sisters-in-law: Merna Recker of West Point, Cel Franzluebbers of Beemer, Theresa (Vincent) Spenner of Dodge and Gwen Wuestewald of Fremont.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Leonard, Clarence, and Larry; sister, Catherine Wehenkel; 3 sisters-in-law; and 6 brothers-in-law.

Funeral Mass is at 10:30 AM, Thursday, April 14, 2016, at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Fremont. The Rev. Father David Belt will officiate. Visitation is Wednesday from 4 -8 PM with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 PM at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation Thursday is at the church 1 hour prior to service. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont, with military honors conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard of V.F.W. Post 854 and American Legion Post 20.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Fremont Area Alzheimer's Fund.

Online condolences may be left at

#2 Omaha World Herald 12 April 2016

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Recker, Merlin H. Age 81 - Apr 10, 2016 Fremont, NE. Survived by wife, Wilma; children, Judy (Kirk) Brooks of Fremont, Jane (Tom) Steinbach and Joe (Sherri) Recker all of Lincoln, Joan (Bryan) Clark of Papillion, Jenifer (Ron) Sorensen of Blair; brother, Dale (Charlene) Recker of Glenwood, IA; sisters, Mary Ann Wuestewald, Yvonne (Jerry) Peatrowsky and Sharon Buck all West Point, NE; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. FUNERAL MASS 10:30am Thursday, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Fremont. Knights of Columbus Rosary, 7pm Wednesday with VISITATION from 4-8pm Wednesday, all at funeral home. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Fremont with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Fremont Area Alzheimer's Fund. Online condolences at: MOSER MEMORIAL CHAPEL 2170 North Somers, Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490

#3 Funeral Leaflet

In Memory of Merlin H. Recker

July 13, 1934 West Point, Nebraska ~ April 10, 2016 Fremont, Nebraska

Knights of Columbus Rosary 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont, Nebraska

Funeral Mass 10:30 A.M. Thursday, April 14, 2016 St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Fremont, Nebraska. The Rev. Father David Belt, Officiating. Soloist: Kaylee Sorensen.

Honorary Pallbearers: (Granddaughters) Amanda Hansen, Juliet Clark, Mikala Thompson, Kaylee Sorensen, Michelle Clark, Megan Sorensen.

Pallbearers: (Grandsons)

Kelvin Brooks, Zach Recker, Jacob Sorensen, John Steinbach, Luke Recker, Bill Steinbach, Aaron Clark, Hans Sorensen

Military Graveside Service Conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard at Calvary Cemetery, Fremont, Nebraska

~~~Obituary and funeral leaflet courtesy of Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings and leaflets on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska~~~

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Printed in the Washington County Enterprise on 4/15/2016