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Jerome Rekart

Jerome Alexander "Jerry" Rekart

Saturday, February 24th, 1940 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Obituary

Jerome “Jerry” Alexander Rekart passed peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, June 30, at his home in Newtown, Connecticut. He was 80 years old. Jerry was the son of the late Alexander Edward and Laura Ann Rekart

After graduating from Parks College in his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri Jerry spent his career in aviation; initially with the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain and Combat Commander on the B-52 before transitioning to the private sector and flying for Trans World Airlines. He spent his entire career with TWA where he met his future wife Nancy. They wed in 1975 and raised their family in Brookfield, Connecticut.

His dedication to flight continued as a key member of the Air Line Pilots Association Safety Committee. In addition to representing his fellow pilots, he was a highly respected aircraft accident investigator. Jerry was a key member on multiple investigation teams, most notably as lead investigator on TWA Flight 800.

When not flying, he served his community in Brookfield in various capacities ranging from Police Commissioner and Zoning Commissioner to coaching Little League baseball and softball. More recently, he was actively involved with Candlewood Valley Trout Unlimited’s “Trout in the Classroom” project in the Greater Danbury area which allowed him to teach future generations about his passions for fishing, wildlife, conservation and the environment.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 45 years Mary-Louise Nancy (Chapin) Rekart, his daughter Emilie (Andrew) Lynch and granddaughters Eleanor (6) and Caroline (4) of San Francisco, son Paul Rekart (Abby Stutsman) of Saint Louis, and sister Karen-Ann (Ken) Obrecht of Saint Louis.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homes for our Troops (hfotusa.org) or Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (tunnel2towers.org). Interment will be at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Saint Louis, Missouri at a future date. To leave an online condolence visit www.honanfh.com
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A Graveside service with full Military Honors will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO at a future date.

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Jim Coffey

Posted at 02:49pm
Jerry has been a loyal member of our men's support group for prostate cancer survivors. What a gentleman!! I always looked forward at our monthly meetings to see Jerry walk through the door because I knew then we would have an upbeat evening. Jerry was constantly positive and a pleasure to be around, best described perhaps as gentle giant. He and I shared some common numbers in our journey with prostate cancer. What a loss ! Our meeting room is now a little darker but the memories will shed plenty of bright light. The best to his family in this difficult time.

Jim Coffey

Ann's Place Men's group
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Peter Georg

Posted at 07:19am
In am grateful that I had Jerry as a colleague both at TWA and also at ALPA. He was an honest thoughtful gentleman. As one of the ALPA representatives at the Flight 800 investigation he gave us all confidence that the pilots were well represented. He left the world better than he found it. He will be missed.

Peter Georg
Twa pilot
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Russell DePace

Posted at 09:40pm
Jerry was the first to greet me when I joined our T.U. Chapter. He was always there with a smile and handshake and some quip to get us all smiling. I will truly miss him.
BM

Bob Mlynar

Posted at 03:14pm
Upon meeting Jerry for the first time at TU, he was so ingratiating that he made me feel like we were old friends.
CP

carl Peterson

Posted at 07:44am
Jerry was a terrible tease and an imp with his sly jokes. He added extra fun on our fishing trips. He was a workhorse for TU. I'll miss "The Cap'n"
Doug Peterson
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