Leon Joseph Recker, 87, Celestine

Leon Joseph Recker, 87, of Celestine, died Tuesday, November 16, at his home. He was born in Jasper December 17, 1933, to Leo T. and Marie S. (Gehl) Recker. He married Patricia Schepers June 3, 1961, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine.

Leon was a graduate of Jasper High School. He served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of Fort Wayne Technical College, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Sperry-Rand for 15 years and returned home to start his own small engine repair business. He drove school buses for Dubois Spencer Perry Exceptional Children’s CO-OP and retired from Kimball Upholstery. He was a member of St. Isadore Parish, the Celestine Community Club, Good Shepherds of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council 13623, and was an original member of the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, puzzles, traveling, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Recker; three daughters, Kathleen Johnson and husband Darrel, Bloomington, Barbara Fox and husband Steve, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Susan Huber and husband Cleveland, Evansville; two sons, Michael Recker and Kevin Recker and wife Darlene, all of Jasper; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; one sister, Betty Buescher; and three brothers, Jerome, Gene, and Paul Recker.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, John Recker, and one brother, David Recker.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at St. Celestine Church. Knights of Columbus Council 13623 will pray a rosary at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, the Celestine Fire Department will conduct a service at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Isadore Parish. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.


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