THE shock death of Lynford farmer from accidental herbicide poisoning left the close-knit farming community of the Lockyer Valley stunned, with more than 1000 people turning out for his funeral at the Hatton Vale Apostolic Church.
Born and raised in Lynford, Mr Reck lived and farmed on the same property his whole life, leaving full-time education at 13-and-a-half years to work with his father, continuing his schooling by correspondence until he was 15.
Ashley Reck said he and his younger brother Malcolm attended Kentville State School with Howard initially, before the brothers transferred to Lake Clarendon State School.
"That was because our dad got tired of fixing punctures on our bikes from riding to school, so we went to Lake Clarendon because we could catch the bus," Ashley said.
Howard continued to play cricket and tennis until his mid-20s, with Ashley describing him as "enthusiastic", but admitted he was always a willing wicketkeeper, preferring the role to batting or bowling.
A keen practical joker and fisherman, Howard memorably combined the two when he left a freshly caught fish in his wife's washing up water.
Mr Reck is survived by his widow Patricia, children Trent, Nadine and Breeana and grandchildren Dylan, Ashton, Preston and Grayson.
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