Frank E. Reckelhoff, 95, Jasper

Frank E. Reckelhoff, 95, of Jasper, died Tuesday, July 21, at his home. He was born in Celestine August 27, 1924, to Herman and Mathilda (Schnell) Reckelhoff. He married Esther F. Gehlhausen July 1, 1950, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand. She died May 31, 2016.

Frank worked at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Jasper for over 40 years. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Schnellville Conservation Club. He enjoyed playing cards, polka dancing, gardening, visiting the Monte Cassino Shrine, and spending time with his family and friends, and especially enjoyed following his grandchildren’s events.

He is survived by two daughters, Janet Welp and husband Stan and Diann Verkamp and husband Lenny, all of Schnellville; two sons, David Reckelhoff and wife Susan, St. Anthony, and Gerald Reckelhoff and fiancé Betty, St. Louis; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one step great-granddaughter; and one sister, Sally Davis, Georgia.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Kathleen Reckelhoff; one step-grandson, Martin Lampe Jr.; five sisters, Emma Hovelkamp, Louise Loesche, Veronica Koch, Adeline Seger, Lorena Burke, and two brothers, Oscar and Roman Reckelhoff.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at

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