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Robert B. "Bob" Reckling

Robert B. "Bob" Reckling, age 56, of Philip, died Friday afternoon, September 8, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, September 13, at the American Legion Hall in Philip with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Ushers were Brant Sundall, Larry Kochersberger, Pat Seager, Dick Jankord and Marty Hansen.

At Bob's request the body was cremated.

Robert B. Reckling, better known as Bob to his family and friends, was born August 1, 1950, in Rapid City, South Dakota, the son of Alvin and Rosemary (Holecek) Reckling. He grew up in Philip and graduated from Philip High School in 1968.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 17, 1969, during the Vietnam War, and served in various places. He received an honorable discharge on December 5, 1972 at San Diego, California. After his discharge he returned to Philip.

While in Philip, he, his father Alvin and brother Steve purchased the Osburn Hardware Store which Bob managed. They also owned and operated the Reckling Furniture Store. After Alvin's death in 1980, Randy Reckling moved back to Philip and the three boys operated the hardware and furniture store. They closed the hardware store in the early 1980's and Bob started his own plumbing business, which he operated in Philip.

Bob was united in marriage to Lou Ann Dean on February 3, 1974 in Philip. To this union were born five children, Andrew, Melissa, Matthew "BooBoo", Ashley and Marlis.

Bob continued to operate the plumbing business in Philip and also in the Wall area.

He was united in marriage to Barb Denke in May of 1998. They made their home in Philip.

Later, Bob moved to Wall with his plumbing business which he continued with until the time of his illness. He moved back to Philip in May 2006.

Bob was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Philip, and a former member of the Philip Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting and always looked forward to the Black Hills deer hunting season. He enjoyed watching his children play sports especially baseball. His favorite baseball team was the Yankees. Bob was very fond of his dog "Shadow" who was his faithful companion for over thirteen years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his five children, Andrew Reckling of Philip; Melissa Reckling and her special friend, Giovanni Rodriguez of Rapid City, Matthew Reckling and his special friend, Jenny Clements of Philip, Ashley Reckling of Philip and Marlis Reckling and her special friend, Jason Petersen of Philip; two grandsons, Dominick Rodriguez and Cohen Reckling; his two brothers, Randy Reckling of Philip and Steve Reckling and his wife, Teddi, of Lincoln, NE; several nieces and nephews; his first ex-wife, Lou Ann Fite of Philip, and his second ex-wife, Barb Reckling of Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends. Bob was so looking forward to the birth of his two granddaughters.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 666, Philip, SD 57567

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Philip.