Roy J. Radke, 90, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. Roy was born in Antigo, Wisconsin on March 6, 1928, the son of the late Otto and Clara (nee: Joyce) Radke.
On April 11, 1955 at the Catholic Chapel in Fort Sheridan, Illinois he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Patricia J. Fredericks. Roy proudly served in the United States Army for twenty-two years and was involved in the end of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and retired as Master Sergeant. For his valor, Roy was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and the Army Commendation Medal. Roy then worked for the City of Racine Water Department for over twenty years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the 1st Calvary Division Association, V.F.W. Post 1391, Vietnam Veteran’s Association Chapter 767, D.A.V. Chapter 9, The Retired Enlisted Association (T.R.E.A.) and served on the Veterans Advisory Board to Congressman Paul Ryan.
He was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. Roy was an avid Packer and Brewer fan and loved fishing, hunting, crossword puzzles, and attending and cheering on his children and grandchildren at their events. More than anything he devoted his life to and loved time spent with his family.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of sixty-three years, Pat; his children, Kurt (Loreen) Radke of Northville, MI, Karl (Jacqueline) Radke of Racine, Lisa (Bob) Zemke, Khris (Janet) Radke, all of Oak Creek, Paul (Tina) Radke, Julie (Darrel) Johnson, Claire Weiss, Tricia (Darin) Evans, Mike Radke, Dan (Janet) Radke, all of Racine; son-in-law, Philippe (Clara) Cooper; his grandchildren, Brianne, Megan, and Jillian Radke, Allison (Ade) Okuneye, Colette and Matthew Cooper, Audra, Laurin, and Jameson Radke, Katie (Brad) Lauer, Rob Zemke, Nathan, Hanna, and Jenna Radke, Chase and Kaylee Johnson, Will and Michael Weiss, Abbey (Jordan) Bower, Lexie and Ethan Evans, Alex and Charlize Radke, Andrew and Alaina Radke; his great-grandchildren, Nadiah and Aderemi Okuneye, Eva Radke, Brooklynn Lauer, Jak and Scarlet Johnson, and two more great grandchildren on the way; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Don (Shirley) Engstrom, Dolores Olmstead, Joan (Don) Hoaglund, Roberta Noe, Tom Fredericks, Jerry Fredericks; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, Roy was also preceded in death by his daughter, Anne Cooper; siblings, Dorothy (Bud) Boyce, Earl (Rita) Radke, Kay Engstrom, and Terry Radke.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at St. Rita Catholic Church on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
A special thank you to the doctors and staff at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care.