Robert Leo Recker, ret.CWO, USA

August 20, 1930January 5, 2019
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On Saturday, January 5, 2019, Robert Leo Recker, ret. CWO, USA, of Odenton, MD, beloved husband of Patricia J. (nee Allen) Recker and the late Dolores V. Recker. Loving father of Kathy M. Recker and her husband Joe Wagner, Michael A. Recker and his wife Lisa, George W. Allen and his wife Joan and David M. Allen and his wife Betty Jane. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075 (exit 6 South off Rt. 100) on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Catholic Prayer Service will be held in the Kaufman Chapel on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 9:30am. Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery Crownsville, where Mr. Recker will receive Military Honors.


  • Patricia J. (Allen) Recker, Wife
  • Dolores V. Recker, LATE 1ST WIFE
  • Kathy M. Recker & her husband Joe Wagner, Daughter
  • Michael A. Recker & his wife Lisa, Son
  • George W. Allen & his wife Joan, Son
  • David M. Allen & his wife Betty Jane, Son
  • 9 Grandchildren, 6 Great-Grandchildren & many nieces, nephews and loving friends, Others


  • Gathering Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Gathering Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Catholic Prayer Service Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Interment Friday, January 11, 2019

Robert Leo Recker, ret.CWO, USA

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Charles W. Lockard Sr.

January 10, 2019

Ret. CW4 Charles W. “Buck” Lockard Sr. expresses sincere condolences to wife, Patty and family. I have many fond “fun” memories of being in Bob’s presence especially summer camps at Fort A.P. Hill and Fort Pickett. He will be greatly missed. What fine soldier!


sherry blades

January 9, 2019

God's Peace to the Recker Family at this difficult time and alway's The Radiation Oncology Team at Saint agnes Hospital.

Bill Held Jr

January 8, 2019

So fortunate to have known this fine gentleman with my years associated with the 29th Division Association. I always enjoyed being in his company and having good conversation. Bob will be greatly missed, but I know he has left behind great memories for all who knew him. My deepest condolences to his family. Thank you Sir for your service to Family and Country.

Kelley Kerrigan

January 7, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this. Your dad was an amazing kind man. I will always remember him with love and respect. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. He's in his glory with Jesus now. He will live in your hearts. I loved him like a 2nd father. Thinking of you.

Joe Wagner

January 7, 2019

A family is a circle of love, not broken by a loss,
but made stronger by the memories.
Love is holding on to the memories that only the heart can see.
We are forever blessed that God connected you to us.

Joe Wagner

Douglas and Elizabeth Doron Ewalt

January 7, 2019

"God saw you getting tired,
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
and whispered "Come to Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you,
and saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
Your golden heart stopped beating,
Your hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best."

You were loved and will be missed by many.

Douglas and Elizabeth

Zebra Club

January 7, 2019

We have lost not only our founding member, but a great person and friend. He will be missed. Almost 50 years of knowing Bob brings back too many memories to share here.
May he rest in piece. His family are all in our prayers.

Zebra Club

Donald Bullock

January 7, 2019

We have lost a good friend. There are too many memories to share. We are so sorry for your loss. Bob and Pat will be fondly remembered.

Don & Peg



Maryland National Guard (Retired)

Mr. Recker was born August 20, 1930 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Southern High School, and received an Associates Degree of Science from Mercer Community College in Trenton, New Jersey. His military education includes the Warrant Officer Basic Course; the Warrant Officer Senior Course; Logistics Officers Course, Fort Lee, Virginia; Food Service Officers Course, Fort Lee, Virginia; and Honor Graduate of the Medical Supply Officers Course, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Mr. Recker enlisted in Company G, 2nd Battalion, 175th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division, Maryland Army National Guard on 29 July 1948. He was transferred to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 175th Infantry, 29th Division. On 1 March 1959, the 29th Division was reorganized and Mr. Recker was transferred on 16 March 1959 to the 136th Evacuation Hospital, was promoted to Sergeant First Class (E-7), and also to Medical Supply Sergeant. He was later promoted to First Sergeant (E-8) on 19 February 1962 and subsequently to Command Sergeant Major (E-9) of the 136th Evacuation Hospital on 19 May 1969. He was recommended by the Senior Army Advisors to compete for the position of Command Sergeant Major of the Nation Guard Bureau. He became the first Command Sergeant Major of the National Guard Bureau. He served at the Pentagon under BG Francis Greenleaf, Director of the Army National Guard Bureau.

Mr. Recker was appointed Warrant Office, Grade 2 (CW2), AG Detachment Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 28th Infantry Division on 9 April 1973. Upon deactivation of the 3rd Brigade’s AG Detachment on 1 April 1975. Mr. Recker was the only Warrant Officer to command a company/detachment in the Maryland Army National Guard. Mr. Recker was appointed CW2, COMSEC Officer, Signal Corps, for the 58th Brigade (Separate) on 1 July 1976. He was then transferred to HHC, 58th Brigade (Sep), as Assistant S3 Operations Officer on 12 January 1977. Effective 13 May 1977 he was transferred to the Support Battalion, 58th Brigade, as the Class 1 Officer. Effective 20 October 1979 he was transferred to the Mobilization AVCRAD Control Element (MACE) in Havre de Grace Maryland, as Supply Support Officer in the logistics section. Effective 9 April 1985 he was transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters, STARC, Maryland Army National Guard as Personnel Office in the Chief of Staff’s Office. Effective 1 April 1986 he was transferred to the Maryland Military Academy as the S4 Officer, until his recent retirement on August 20, 1990. Forty-two years and twenty-two days of service of which four years and twenty-seven days were service on active duty.

Mr. Recker was a full-time Civil Service Employee for the Maryland National Guard from 1950 through 1988. During these thirty-eight years of civil service, he served twenty years in support of the infantry, eight years in the medical service and five years at the USP&FO for Maryland in the Logistics Branch, and five years in the National Guard Bureau Aviation Division at Edgewood, Maryland. He was employed by the Military Department as a State Employee and served as the State Property Manager for the Military Department State of Maryland. Mr. Recker retired from the State of Maryland Military Department as the Armory Manager, Fifth Regiment Armory.

Mr. Recker was a member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, where he served as President of the Parish Council for four years. He is a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Madona Council Lodge. He is a Third Degree, and was a member for twenty years (Life Member, Knights of Columbus). He was a member of the American Legion Post 195. He was also a member of the Zebra Club, member of the National Guard Association, member of the 29th Infantry Division Association and was a member of the Veterans Corps, Maryland National Guard. He served on the Board of Directors at St. Agnes Hospital Foundation. He was also a member of the Board of Directors, Lake Shore Democratic Club.
Chief Warrant Officer Recker was married to the former Dolores Matthews of Baltimore, Maryland and they had two children Kathy and Michael Recker. In 1996, Dolores passed away at St. Agnes Hospital. In October 1998, Mr. Recker married the former Patricia Allen. They resided in Odenton, Maryland and have four children, Kathy, Michael, George and David, 9 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was a past President of the St. Agnes Hospital Auxiliary. He was a past Commander Limestone Post 72. As well he was a past Maryland Region Commander and then National Commander, 29th Division Association. In his forty-two years of military service, Mr. Recker has served for five Adjutant Generals of the Maryland National Guard.