Norman Dean Reckart

April 26, 1936 - March 29, 2018

Norman Dean Reckart, 81, passed away Thursday, March 29th at the Hampshire Health Care Center in Romney.  He was the son of the late Theodore M. and Delia M. (Uphold) Reckart.

Besides his parents, Norman is preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth and James Reckart of Oakland, MD.

Norman was born in Booth, WV on April 26, 1936.  He graduated from Southern High School where he met his wife of 63 years, Bernadette.  Norman enlisted in the United States Air Force and shortly after his honorable discharge, relocated to Falls Church, VA where he worked for General Services Administration.  In 1965 he transferred to Romney and continued working with GSA until his retirement in 1985.  Upon retiring, he opened Community Realty.  He remained busy in the real estate field, including teaching continuing education courses, until he suffered a stroke in 2007.  Since that time, he has remained active by being a member of the Wellness Center and daily coffee with friends.

Norman grew up with the idea of hard work instilled in him.  He kept busy and enjoyed meeting people.  He was an avid golfer prior to his stroke and was a member of the men’s league at Mill Creek Country Club.  He spent many hours there with fellow golfers including his close friend since high school, Larry Friend.  On their many trips to Florida, he thrived on meeting total strangers to form a foursome and play as much golf as possible.  Both he and Bernadette bowled in leagues in Romney for many years and were active members of the Jaycees.  Norman was also a member of the Romney First United Methodist Church where he served on various committees throughout the years.

Norman is survived by his wife Bernadette A. (Bittinger) Reckart of Romney.  Three sons; Steven D. Reckart and wife Donna of Old Fields, WV, Jay V. Reckart of Suzhou, China, and Mark P. Reckart and wife Darcy of Spicewood, TX.  One daughter; Sherry A. Smith and husband Rick of Bend, Oregon.  Norman was also blessed with six granddaughters; Lindsey Lopinski and husband Paul of Oregon City, Oregon, Jessica Wilfong and husband Sean of Bruceton Mills, WV, Grace A. Reckart of Austin, TX and Caroline, Anne and Ella Reckart, all of Spicewood, TX.  One step-grandson, Nathan Bergdoll of Moorefield, WV and two great grandchildren, Lincoln and Emerson Lopinski of Oregon City, Oregon.  Also surviving Norman is his twin sister, Norma Wilt and husband Gene and his sister-in-law, Delores Reckart.

Friends will be received Monday, April 2, 2018 from 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Mark James officiating.  Interment will follow at Garrett Memorial Gardens, located at 881 Memorial Dr. in Oakland, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Norman’s name may be made to:  Romney Food Pantry ~ 49 North High St. ~ Romney, WV 26757  or  American Heart Association ~ 7272 Greenville Ave. ~ Dallas, TX 75231 ~ (800) 242-8721 ~

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511




Jamie Kidwell March 30, 2018

4 condolences for “Norman Dean Reckart”

  1. We are sorry to read of Norman’s passing. He was a kind man with a wonderful sense of humor, and a good neighbor to our parents, Gene and Marguerite. Our prayers go out to all of you.

    Paula Holsinger
    Kay and Tom Field

  2. Dear Bernadette and family, So sorry to hear of Norman’s passing. He was always so friendly. We loved stopping by community realty and shooting the breeze with him. You will be in our prayers

  3. Thoughts and prayers for the family. I have known this family for quite a while and have enjoyed working with some of the them. Mr. Reckart never failed to be friendly when you met him and don’t think he ever met a stranger.
    So sorry for you loss/

  4. I had the pleasure to know and work with Norm from 1978 to 1985 at GSA in Romney. He was a true gentleman and a friend. We had a lot of good times at work and Norm made work fun. He was a “wheeler dealer” and we worked some deals outside of work. He was always smiling and never seemed to have a bad day. I know he will be greatly missed by Bernadette and his family. I am a better person for having known him and worked with him.

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