Marlin Edward (Bud) Rechterman
Marlin Edward (Bud) Rechterman died December 27th, 2014 surrounded by family. Bud was born in Maquokata, Iowa April 24, 1929 to Ruth (Cornish) and Edward Rechterman. His early childhood was spent in Lost Nation, Iowa among the large extended Rechterman family. At the age of nine, he moved with his parents and older sister to Conesville, Iowa where he grew up, and his parents farmed till 1963.
On January 3, 1951 Bud signed papers to join the Navy. On January 6, 1951 he married Pat Harter, and on January 9, 1951 he left for the Great Lakes Training Center where he underwent three months of basic training. He served ten years as a "white hat" in the field of naval aviation, then entered the NESEP program which sent him to the University of Washington for four years. In 1962 he graduated with a BA in Electrical Engineering, and received his commission as a LTJG. He served as a naval intelligence officer until February 1973 at which time he retired after 21 years of service.
After his retirement Bud used the GI Bill to go back to school at Western Washington University for 3 years; not to work for a degree, but to gain some knowledge of journalism and photography to enable him to write magazine articles and books about fishing and hunting. He became so engrossed with the actual fishing and hunting that no writing was ever done. Bud was a member of Trout Unlimited for several years, and later joined the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishermen and was very active in both clubs. He was also a member and Vice President of the Kittitas Audubon Society which he and Pat both enjoyed very much. Bud enjoyed the outdoors and wildlife immensely, and spent as much time as possible hiking, camping, fishing and bird watching with his many friends.
Bud was preceded in death by his mother Ruth, his father Edward, and his sister Miriam. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Pat, daughter Laurie (Bob) McMillan of Cheney, WA, son Alan (Bettye) Rechterman of Mountlake Terrace, WA, four grandchildren, Tegan (Josh) Baldwin of Cheney, WA, CJ Albin of Cheney, WA, Alani (Chase) McDaniel of Mountlake Terrace, WA, Sierra Rechterman of Mountlake Terrace, WA and two great-grandsons Sawyer and Aidan.