Jan 14, 1927---May 16, 2023

Robert Fitch Banker (Bob), Lakeview Village, passed away peacefully on May 16, surrounded by his family.  Bob was born on January 14, 1927 in Muskogee, OK to Willis Rothwell and Margaret Fitch Banker.  After graduating from Muskogee Central High School in 1944, he entered a Navy officer training program and was assigned to active duty at Louisiana Polytechnic University in Ruston, LA and then Rice University in Houston, TX.  Subsequently, he graduated from the University of Kansas receiving his BS degree in Civil Engineering and his Navy commission upon graduation.  Bob was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity as his father had been.  He was also a member of Sigma Tau and Tau Beta Pi engineering fraternities.

Following graduation, Bob began a 42-year career with Black and Veatch Consulting Engineers, and was a partner in the firm when he retired.  He was a Registered Professional Engineer in 20 states and Canadian provinces.  He was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church for 74 years, serving as a Deacon, Elder, choir member and in various other capacities.  He was a member of the Board of Linwood Area Ministry Place (LAMP) in Kansas City.  Bob belonged to the Downtown Optimist Club and the Salt and Pepper Club of Kansas City.  Many of his fondest memories and his idea of “heaven on earth” were his days spent at his cabin at the Wauhillau Outing Club in Cherokee County, OK where he was a long-time member and president of the club in 1999-2000.

Bob developed some of his closest lifelong friendships through a singles group at Second Presbyterian Church, including his future wife, Nancy Reckewey, whom he married in 1955.  They shared a love of their family, friends and travel over 62 years of marriage.  Following Nancy’s death in 2017, Bob was especially grateful for the community of friends he made at Lakeview Village, and for the companionship of Ann Ford, who was a special person to him.  He is survived by his daughter, Beth Banker of Kansas City, his son Bill Banker (Janet) of Overland Park, and his granddaughters, Cali and Lindsi Banker.  Bob’s family will remember him as a man of integrity, commitment and reliability, gratitude and generosity.  

A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date. Please refer to www.porterfuneralhome for servie  details. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to LAMP (in care of Heartland Presbytery), 3210 Michigan, KCMO 64109, or to a favorite charity.





Johnnie Baker May 20, 2023

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I was an employee of Second Pres 2015-2023 so that’s when I met Bob. He was a wonderfully sweet gentle soul. A man of great integrity, wisdom and principle who I never saw except with a sport coat and tie, always dressed to the nines! I know you have great memories. May those memories made with you bring you peace and comfort. He will be missed ❤️ Johnnie M Baker Former Business Mgr at Secons

Kat Wood Norris May 22, 2023

friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

My husband and I were in a multi-generational dinner club through Second Pres with Nancy and Bob about 2015 - we absolutely enjoyed getting to know both of them and hearing about their history and seeing their devotion to each other. We felt Bob was a special person! So willing and able to keep learning about the world around him, while also imparting the wisdom that his age afforded him! I hope you can celebrate a life well-lived!

Dennis Lloyd May 24, 2023

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear Beth and Bill, My heartfelt condolences for your loss. I remember your father as a kind man of integrity who enriched my life. The lifelong friendship our parents shared was remarkable. I am saddened by his passing. During what must be a difficult time for you and your loved ones, may you find peace in your memories. Warm regards, Dennis

Wes Lloyd May 24, 2023

Close Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

I am thinking of the many times and memories we shared over so many years, particularly our special times at Wauhillau and traveling together. Bob and Nancy were Jackie and my closest friends and we miss them both. My condolences to Beth and Bill, and your loved ones. Wes