Reckling, William J. Jr. (Bill)
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died suddenly in Phoenix on February 19. He was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1927 as the first born son of William J. Reckling and Katherine Barry Reckling. When his father, who was in the cotton Industry moved to Le Havre France, Bill attended French schools from first through fourth grade. He later joked that he could only speak French like a fourth grader. He returned with his family to Houston, Texas where he spent the rest of his youth and attended St. Thomas High School. He then attended Georgetown University, interrupted by serving in the U.S. Navy and as a Captain in the U.S. Marines. Upon discharge he continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a major in English Studies. Bill was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After college he joined Anderson Clayton Corporation in Houston, Texas. He held positions as Vice President of Arizona Operations and later as Vice President of Cotton Merhandizing and Operations in California and Arizona. He retired from Anderson Clayton in 1992. He served as president of the National Cotton Shippers Association and as a director of the National Cotton Council as well as many years on Arizona cotton boards. During his career he lived in Los Angeles and Fresno California, but his home was in Phoenix for almost 55 years. He was a member of Rotary 100, Valley Presbyterian Church, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity. Brophy Preparatory kept him busy as a Dad's Club member, with four sons attending there. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bonnye McFarland, sons William J. Reckling III of Raleigh, NC, Christopher Reckling (Emily) of Boston, MA, Michael Reckling of Phoenix, Mark Reckling (Katherine) of Phoenix; daughter Claire Schauer (Steve) of Reno, NV; his brother Thomas R. Reckling III of Houston, TX; sisters Patricia Taylor of Houston and Katherine Fausset (Roy) of New Orleans, as well as ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He love hiking with his long-time hiking buddies, even hiking in Switzerland and Ireland. He and his wife Bonnye enjoyed traveling, as well as taking the back roads of Arizona and Europe. Photography was another one of his hobbies. Bill was kind, caring, and loving to all his family, as well as to those outside his family. He was a true Southern Gentleman. We all love him and miss him. A memorial service will be held in the sanctuary at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona on Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 P.M.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 24, 2013