Virgil Delbert Reckward, 88, of Castalia, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian. Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 3-7 p.m. at Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian, and also one hour before services at the church Thursday. Memorial services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Ossian Lutheran Church, Ossian, with Rev. Dave Lenth as the officiant. Inurnment followed at Pleasant View Cemetery, Castalia. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian, helped the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left with graufuneralhomes.com.

He was born May 16, 1925, to Herman and Mabel (Harvey) Reckward in rural Castalia. Virgil attended country school through the eighth grade and Castalia High School. Virgil was united in marriage with Esther Holm Aug. 28, 1943, in Elkader. Five children were born to this union.Virgil farmed his entire life with his family. He was a member of the Castalia United Methodist Church, where he served on the board and was president for many years. Some of Virgil's fondest memories were proposing to his wife and talking to his Grandpa Harvey. He enjoyed old time country music, such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Virgil and Esther enjoyed dancing for many years. His hobbies included woodworking (he made numerous pieces of furniture, shelves, frames and wooden toys for his family); he also enjoyed repairing furniture, jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, word search, reading and flowers. Virgil was known as "Mr. Fix-it" and was ready to lend a helping hand or give advice on how to fix something. He milked cows into his 70s and kept up his large lawn and flower garden for many years.

Virgil is survived by his wife of 70 years, Esther, of Castalia; his children: Pat (Jerry) Monroe of Castalia, Jerry (Julie) Reckward of Castalia, Sue (Dale) Lenth of Castalia and Gin (Roger) Sanford of Decorah; a daughter-in-law, Judy Reckward of Decorah; 12 grandchildren: Chad Reckward, Brad (Jennifer) Reckward, Dennis (Mandy) Reckward, Darin Reckward, Julie (Matt) Metille, Summer (Chris) Wiedow; Richard (Lisa) Reckward, Jeannie (Steve) Daughton, April (Ty) Hamilton, Joe (Augusta) Lenth, Nichole (fiancé, Nate Jevne) and Danielle Aldredge; 20 great-grandchildren: Hayden, Macy, Ani, Olivia, Britann, Blake, Makinzie, Parker, Luke, Dalton, Kolton, Jessica, Sam, Jordan, Kourtney, Hope (Jason), Dakota, Stella, Brooke and Gabriella; and three great-great grandchildren: Colton, Hunter and Landin.

Virgil was preceded in death by his son, Jim Reckward; a granddaughter, Amy Monroe and his parents.