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 ~ www.heart.org
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511