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Reckling, Doctor

Courtesy of Our Heritage: Niobrarans and Neighbors, 02/08/2021


by Mrs. William Bales

Dr. Walter Ervin and Daisy Jean Browder Reckling, a registered nurse graduate of Mercy Hospital came with their small daughter, Velma Jean, to Lusk in 1931. Since my brothers were born in Niobrara County and you are familiar with Dad's long years of dedicated service to medicine and his com­munity in Lusk, I enclose brief biographies on Bill and Fred. Walter Ervin Reckling, Jr. was born in the Lusk hospital. He was an honor student throughout his school days, never failing to bring home all A's on his report cards, a talented musician and played well in sports. He was president of his class and valedictorian. He was graduated with honor from the University of Wyoming, where he was president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta and other honor­ary and scholastic associations.   He played in the U. W. band, too. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, interned at Denver General, spe­cialized in surgery at the Colorado Medical Center--where he was a resident and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force at Moun­tain Home, Idaho.

He married Nancy Jane Winings of Decatur, Ill. She is a Colorado University graduate, a registered nurse, and serves as state recommendation chairman of her social sorority. Her father, John Winings, was an executive with the Staley Corporation in Decatur.   The Recklings' children are Lori Jean, Walter Carlton and John Frederick.

Dr. Frederick William Reckling was also born at the Lusk Hospital. He was an outstanding athlete while in school. He was also a class officer, good student and band member. His athletic ability won him All­ state honors in competition. He, too, is a U. W. honor graduate, a member of Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, was Iron Skull presi­dent and mc-ed the Homecoming Sing one year, is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta and other scholastic and honorary university associa­tions.

He attended the University of Rochester Medical School.       His medical specialization is in Orthopedic surgery and he served as a resident with the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.     Following service with the Air Force ween he served as a captain at the Eglin AFB Hospital in Florida, he returned to the Center where he teaches and is in private practice. He is in demand as a medical speaker for conven­tions and meetings. One summer he was awarded an honorable mention by the American Medical Association at their convention in New York for his exhibit. He married JoAnn Bell of Avon, Lake Ohio. She is an Ohio State graduate, a registered nurse and Mortar Board member.         Her father is manag­ing editor of Steel, the industry's magazine. Their children are William Frederick and Anne Elizabeth.

As you know, I went through school in Lusk, played in the band; following graduation attended Colorado Women's College and U. W., graduating with a degree in journa­ lism. While at U. W. I was a member of Delta Delta, copy editor of the Wyo. and held other editorial positions, summer society editor of the Branding Iron and worked on student publications throughout college.

I married William J. Bales, U. W. graduate formerly of Cheyenne. He owns the Tyke-N-Teen in Laramie. We have four daughters, Jamie Jean, who was born in Lusk , is a graduate of University School, attended Cottey College and is now a junior at U. W.; Nancy Jill was born in Lusk and is a sopho­ more at University School; Jinny Leigh is a second grader there and Jennifer Blair is 18 months old.  My work has been with the Lusk Herald, in general news with Cheyenne Newspapers, Inc., and for the Laramie Daily Boomerang as society editor and feature writer. I've also worked for U. W.'s Agriculture Information Office.  I served as treasurer of Wyoming Press Women, of which I've been a member for fourteen years.

My husband Bill is a member of the Vestry at St. Matthew's Cathedral and treasurer of the church.

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