Gladis D. Recher
WHEATRIDGE, Colo. — Gladis D. Recher was born on July 13, 1934, in Fairmont, Minn., to Bill and Chris Recher. She died on May 1, 2008, at the Lutheran Hospital in Wheatridge, Colo., after a long fight with cancer. She is survived by her sons, Lance Volz and Lane Recher; her grandchildren, Nicole Volz and Jonathan Volz; her sister, Billie Recher and Beryl Silverman; three nieces; and two nephews. Gladis was preceded in death by her father, William Recher, and her mother, Christine D. Recher.
Gladis had many interests; first and foremost was her family. She loved sports and was especially fond of the Denver Broncos football team. While living in Colorado raising her family she was a hunter safety instructor and an advocate of good sportsmanship as well as the preservation of wildlife and her responsibility to the earth. Gladis took her sons on camping trips and loved fishing with Lance and Lane. She never missed a single practice or game as they were growing up and involved in baseball, football, wrestling, and was faithfully present at every band performance and event the boys were involved in.
Gladis was a cartographer while in Colorado and she had a business as a geological draftsperson. Her love of map making was evident in the mapping of little-known Iowa state parks. She mapped each area and its facilities as well as the location on the maps that she developed.
Gladis moved back to Iowa in 1982. She was the manager and part owner of Recher Inc. She was a member of the Estherville Chamber of Commerce and the Emmet County Historical Society. Her great love was Peterson Point. Peterson Point is now the only nationally recognized Iowa historical site.
Before Gladis left Iowa to return to Colorado she donated all her photos and maps with detailed information of the many known and unknown Iowa state parks to the Emmet County Conservation Board.
Gladis will be missed for many reasons including her unknown generosity and her love for her family, friends, and the earth and its history.
Gladis was and will continue to be beloved to her family as well as friends and everyone who knew her. Her natural gifts, including her smile, her wisdom, her tenacity, and her talents will be sorely missed. Memorials can be sent to the Lane Recher at 1255 Carr St., Lakewood, CO 80214 or to the Peterson Point Foundation, Wallingford, IA 51365.