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Appreciation: "Crock" cartoonist Bill Rechin created "this whole little world" that delighted a legion of followers
Cartoonist Bill Rechin began drawing 'Crock' in 1975. He moved to Spotsylvania County in 1989.
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In the late '80s President Ronald Reagan honored Rechin and Wilder during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House.
In 1989 Rechin moved to Spotsylvania, and Wilder soon followed. The two men have always been close, and their wives were best friends.
After moving to Spotsylvania, Rechin was a contributor to The Free Lance-Star.
In 1993 Rechin and Wilder won a Reuben Award when "Out of Bounds" was judged the best single-panel cartoon by the National Cartoonists' Society.
Rechin is survived by his seven children, Mari Slater, Kathi Morgan, Jeff Rechin, Lori Sheridan, Bill Rechin, Kris Rechin and Kevin Rechin, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Pat, and his partner, Wilder.
Rechin's son Kevin plans to continue "Crock," which is currently syndicated by King Features in 200 newspapers in 19 countries.
"We have this whole little world we've created," Bill Rechin said of "Crock."
It was a world he dearly loved.
He said that as he drew his characters, he'd look at them and they'd look back up at him, "and I laugh at that."
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