May 21, 2018

Arthur Reicks, 90, of Carroll, died Friday, May 18, 2018, at Swan Place Assisted Living in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Allan Reicks. Con-celebrant will be Father Brian Feller. Mass servers will be Mason Reicks, Connor Reicks and Max Meyers. Music will be by Diane Mahoney, Gail Johll and the Holy Spirit choir. Lector will be Frank Hermsen. Gift bearers will be Michael Martin, Kelsie Reicks and Rachael Dirkx. Eucharistic ministers will be Pat Sanders and Twilla Hoffman. Casket bearers will be Peter Martin, Matt Reicks, Tyler Reicks, Ashlyn Reicks, Kenan Schrad, Noah Schrad, Rachael Dirkx and Mike Albertson. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll, with military honors conducted by the Carroll American Legion. The Carroll 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will form an honor guard for the Mass.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Rosary prayed at 5 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 p.m.

Additional visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Church.

Memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church to be directed to Holy Spirit Parish or the Kuemper Catholic Schools Foundation.

Online condolences may be left for Art’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Arthur Frank Reicks was born on Oct. 31, 1927, at Carroll, Iowa, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Athmer) Reicks. He grew up in Carroll and attended SS. Peter and Paul Grade School and later Carroll High School. On April 5, 1946, Art was inducted into the U.S. Army and proudly served in the Army of Occupation, World War II, until Sept. 26, 1947. Art also served in the Korean War from Dec. 1, 1950, to June 27, 1951, and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

On June 9, 1953, Art was married to Irma Sondgeroth at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Roselle with the Rev. Bernard Eischeid celebrating the wedding Mass. The couple made their home in Carroll. In January 1964, Art purchased General Excavating Company from W.J. Judge. Art enjoyed singing, being an active member of the Spirit Singers, RSVP Singers, Carroll Elks Men’s Chorus and Holy Spirit choir. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, tinkering with anything that needed fixing, and most of all Art enjoyed spending time with all of his family. Art also volunteered his time at New Hope Village in Carroll and at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll, where he served as a eucharistic minister, even volunteering to distribute Holy Communion to the homebound. Art was a member of the Carroll American Legion, 4th Degree Carroll Knights of Columbus, and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll.

Art is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Irma Reicks, of Carroll; their children: Tim (Mary) Reicks of Carroll, Mary Sue (friend, Brian Schumacher) Martin of Lohrville, Rob (Jan) Reicks of West Des Moines, and Jennie Reicks of Carroll; eight grandchildren: Matt Reicks, Rachael (Michael) Dirkx, Peter (Emily) Martin, Michael Martin, Tyler Reicks, Ashlyn Reicks, Kenan Schrad, and Noah Schrad; two great-grandchildren: Kelsie Reicks and Finn Martin; his sister: Mary Ann (Melvin) Renze of Manning; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Art was preceded in death by his parents: Henry and Elizabeth Reicks; son-in-law Dennis Martin; grandson Christopher Martin; granddaughter Isabel Luchtel; his parents-in-law: William and Mary Sondgeroth; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Alfred (Rose) Sondgeroth, Leota (John) Kramer, Bill (Celine) Sondgeroth, Helen (Jerry) Steenson, Lucille (Orville) Schroeder, Dolores (Jerry) Schulte, the Rev. Louis Sondgeroth, O.M.I., LeRoy (Pat) Sondgeroth, and Rita (Chuck) Whitehead.