Captain Jack

Jack A. Reeck, age 72, of Tecumseh passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at his home. He was born on April 3, 1945, in Romulus, the son of Jack A. and Frances F. (Green) Herrmann. He and his sisters Marilyn and Fran were adopted February 23, 1950, by his dad, Melvin J. Reeck. He married Linda (MacGeorge) Blatchford on November 26, 1975 and she survives.

Jack started Rare Tool in Tecumseh with his partner, Gary Anderson, on August 10, 1995.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Aucilla.  Jack was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Britton.  He was also a member of the Tecumseh Club, Tecumseh VFW No. 4187 and American Legion No. 34, and Lenawee Co. Antique Tractor Association.

Besides his wife, Linda, Jack is survived by his parents, Melvin and Frances Reeck of Adrian; a daughter, Rhonda (Keith) Pond of Oshkosh, Wisc.; a son, Martin (Heather) Blatchford of Evergreen, Colo.; mother-in-law, Virginia MacGeorge; granddaughters, Jessica and Skylar of Oshkosh and Jenna and Cora of Evergreen; and great-granddaughter, Ryleigh.

Also surviving are siblings, Marilyn (Donald) Smith and Fran Landwehr of Adrian; Donna (Briscoe) Ellett of Rossville, Tenn.; Audrey (John Scalazitti) Kazimir of Sarasota, Fla.; Andrea Miller of Franklin, Wisc.; Ben Reeck of Imlay City; Barbara (David) Wagley of Adrian; and many beloved nephews, nieces, aunts, uncle, cousins, and Wendy, Jack II, Michelle, Nicole and families.

Jack was preceded in death by his father, Jack A. Herrmann, on Christmas Day 1944; sister, Melanie Kitts; father-in-law, James R. MacGeorge; brothers-in-law, Duane Landwehr and Bob MacGeorge; and great-grandson, Maxton.

Cremation has taken place.  A graveside service for Jack was held at 1 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 with Rev. Mark Zender officiating at Brookside Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of American Legion Post No. 34 and VFW Post No. 4187. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Britton or Tecumseh VFW 4187 Veterans’ Fund, or donor’s choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family at


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