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Otto Ferdinand Reechel




Otto Ferdinand Reechel , 94, of  Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Sunday, November 8, 2020, at the Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village.

Born Monday, December 28, 1925 in Millersville, MD, he was the son of the late Otto F Reechel Sr. and the late Iva (Pumphrey) Reechel. He was also preceded in death by his wife Margaret Genevieve Reechel.

He was a tobacco farmer in Millersville, MD and later worked in construction for the rest of his career.Otto was passionate about gardening and growing and sharing his bounty with friends, family and neighbors.Otto also was very generous with his building knowledge, sharing his expertise with anyone who needed help. Simply put everyone who met Otto loved him.

He is survived by his daughter, Gail M Gilkes and husband Kevin of Hagerstown, MD; granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Vasconcellos and husband Todd of Pasadena, MD; great granddaughter, Victoria Vasconcellos of Pasadena, MD.

Services will be held privately with the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Gail, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. He was quite a man and sure was a special friend to me. I always enjoyed talking with him and listening to his stories about farming. He was a hard working man from the greatest generation ever. Oh Lord, and that laugh of his, lol! .... it's one of kind. So grateful to have known him. You and Kevin are in our prayers. Please come down and visit us when things settle down. Love you guys! :)

Marty & Sharon Kinder
Lake Placid, Florida

Otto will always be remembered in our thoughts and in our hearts. He was a wonderful man, neighbor and a very good long time friend. He taught Skip to Square off to replace a roof. Helped build our screen porch. I have a picture on the refrigerator of him eating crabs on the porch. Otto was a father figure for Skip since he lost his own dad early in his adulthood. He loved his Granddaughter Jennifer with all his heart. He was also a proud great grandfather. ❤️

Susan Furlong
Millersville , MD

Dear Gail, Kevin, Jennifer and family, I am so sorry for your family's loss. I'm thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time.

Nancy Morgan
Baltimore, MD

Gail and family We were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was always so kind and made everyone feel at home. He will be missed.

Jackie and Emory Watts
Pasadena , MD

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