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Obituary for Gene Albert Radtke

Gene Albert Radtke, 85, of Sturtevant, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2023, surrounded by his family.

Gene was born to the late Harold and Marcella (nee Zettler) Radtke on Sept. 23, 1937, in Marathon County, Wisconsin. He was united in marriage to Louise Becker on April 23, 1960, in Marshfield, Wisconsin. They were married for 61 years until Louise’s passing in December 2021.

Gene Albert Radtke
Gene Albert Radtke

Gene proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955-1963. He worked at American Motors/Chrysler for 30 years and retired from the company on Jan. 30, 1990. During retirement, Gene worked at Builder’s Square and Home Depot. He was well-versed in different skills such as woodworking, carpentry and electrical work. Gene enjoyed gardening, coin collecting, having cookouts, and fishing. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.

Gene will be deeply missed by his loving children: Keith Radtke, Stuart Radtke, and Jana (Remzy) Bitar; grandchildren: Jason (Nicole), Bill, Sarah, Jonathan, Cassandra (Cory), Jordan, and Kaden; six great-grandchildren; brothers: Allen Radke and Albert (Mary) Radke; along with many other relatives and friends.

Gene is predeceased by his wife, Louise; sister, Bernadine; and brothers: Merlin, Kenneth, and Dennis.


A time of visitation for Gene will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 11 a.m., with a celebration of life service following at noon. A committal service with full military honors will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Memorials in Gene’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society (100 Tri-State Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069).

The family would like to extend a special a thank you to Aurora at Home Hospice for their wonderful care for Gene. The family would also like to thank Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin for their support for Gene during his cancer journey.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gene Albert Radtke, please visit the Wilson Funeral Home Sympathy Store.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Wilson Funeral Home.

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