RECKINGER REVEREND ROBERT ANTHONY Ordained Roman Catholic Priest, June 2, 1951 died peacefully with family at his side November 12 at Angela Hospice. Fr. Reckinger, age 87, was an author, licensed pilot and friend to many. He is survived by two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Dearborn at 11:00 a.m., Saturday November 24th.
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Many fond childhood memories with Fr. Bob. Some of my favorite are Christmas when he would visit us. Also, the most exciting would be when he would buzz the cottage at Mullet Lake to announce his arrival in his Republic Seabee amphibious airplane. Poor mom. I'm sure she was terrified to see us take off with Fr. Bob for a ride in his airplane to fly over the Mackinac Bridge or Mackinac Island. Later in life he had a few unscheduled landings which included a cornfield and the Ohio Turnpike. That was Fr. Bob. Always beating to a different drum. Had fun hunting with dad and Fr. Bob up north too. Thanks for the memories Fr. Bob.
Rest in peace!! 7
Hard to believe he's now in the big airport in the sky. My fondest and funniest memory is an appt. I made to ask him an important question. "Why can't women be priests?" He kind of stumbled on that one. He's always been a kind role model to me. I loved his humor. God bless his family
Yes Uncle Bob was pretty wild in his airplane, I watched him crash on Mullett Lake one time forgetting to pump the bow of the airplane out before take off. Water shifted, dropping his wing into the water and ripped off one pontoon and spun him around and damaged his prop. Was fun having him stay for the week as it was repaird. I don't recall Mom letting us in the plane after that though. Miss you Uncle Bob.
I also have great memories of flying with Fr. Bob - a trip to the Pelston Airport - returning by taking off by going diagonally across the runways because of the direction of the wind (who needs runways!)- obviously a "ride" I never forgot!! I was the kid next door at Mullett Lake - wonderful time with all the Reckingers! God's eternal rest be with you, Fr. Bob.