It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Hans Georg von der Recke of Katesville on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. Loving husband of Helga (Maier) von der Recke. Proud father of Eric (Jane) von der Recke and Berni von der Recke. Cherished opapa of Erika (Matt) Reesor and Kurt (Stephanie) von der Recke. Great opapa of Keegan, Brett and Maggie Reesor; Eloise, Westin and Waylon von der Recke. Brother-in-law of Annelise and Karl-Heinz Renke. Predeceased by his sister Erika and brother-in-law Alexander von Behr.
Hans was born in Riga, Latvia in 1926. He and Helga married in 1951 and then emigrated to Canada in 1952. Hans worked as a cabinet maker for Strathroy Furniture before starting his own business Katesville Woodcraft in the Strathroy area. Building custom office and store equipment was his passion. He was known for making many unique gifts from wood. Hans still loved to work in the shop until recently. Hans was a proud member of the Canadian Baltic Immigrant Aid Society in London. Many people knew Hans for his direct approach to life.
In keeping with Hans wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses that took such special care of Hans. Arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF STRATHROY, www.strathroyfuneralhome.com.