Robert Newell Reckerd, Jr. of Cuba, MO was born on Monday, August 29, 1955 in St. Louis, MO to Robert Newell Reckerd, Sr. and Mary Lou (Pieper) Reckerd. He passed away in Owensville, MO on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the age of 65 years and 28 days.
Robert graduated from McCluer High School in Ferguson, MO. He then went to trade school where he obtained his CNA degree. He married Teresa Lynn Husky and to this union 4 children were born. He later married Penney “Sue” Hayes Walker on September 22, 2012. He worked as a union drywaller for many years, then worked as a CNA in Cuba and St. James until his health began to fail. Robert was a 4th degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He had a huge heart and some might say a short temper. He liked to be gruff, but his family knew he was a big teddy bear and they weren’t afraid of him. Robert was the world’s best debater. He loved to eat, especially sweets. He liked to fix things around the house. He loved the outdoors, painting houses, hunting and fishing. Most of all, Robert loved his family. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Sr. and Mary Lou Reckerd; father-in-law Jimmy Hayes and son-in-law Mathew Smith.
He is survived by his wife Penney Sue Reckerd of Cuba, MO; children Ben (Stefanie) Reckerd, Rachel Smith and Robin (Gregory) Smotherman all of Cuba, MO, Rebecca (Tim) Van Leer of Stanton, MO, Juley (James) Perez of Missouri City, TX, Jamie (Herschel) Burrow of Jenks, OK and Crystal (Mike) Kempf of Steelville, MO; mother-in-law Joyce Ann Hayes of Bryan, TX; siblings Mark (Mary) Reckerd of Edgar Springs, MO and Cathy (Jimmy) Husmann of O'Fallon, MO; grandchildren Brittany Reckerd Ivested and Darian Reckerd both of Alton, IL, Jacob Smith, Ami Smith, Devin Smotherman, Dakotah Reckerd, Kayleigh Reckerd, Dominic Reckerd and Kenyon Reckerd all of Cuba, MO, Anthony Smotherman of Los Angeles, CA, Zachary Hinson, Emily Hinson, Gavin Hinson and Haley Van Leer all of Stanton, MO, Kelsey Nason and Logan Nason both of Missouri City, TX, James Burrow of Jenks, OK and Michael Kempf of Steelville, MO; 4 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Visitation was from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Funeral Service immediately followed with Father Dan Lueckenotte officiating. The family chose cremation as his final disposition. Memorials were suggested to the family to help with final expenses.
All arrangements under the direction of Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, MO.
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