In Memory of

Donald Lee 'Rat' Radmaker

February 8, 1938 - January 24, 2015
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Donald Lee Radmaker on January 24, 2015 after a short struggle with lung cancer. Don was born on the family farm in Titonka, Iowa, February 8, 1938. He attended a one-room country school house where as a young child, was fluent in German and English. After graduating from Titonka High School in 1956, he traveled around Iowa working for Western Electric. While in Cedar Rapids, he met Audrey McDonald, fell madly in love and married June 7, 1958. Upon marriage, Don took his city bride back to Titonka to return to farming. Audrey proved her love by tending to chickens and other chores of country living. They eventually moved their young family to Cherokee Iowa where Don went to work for Lundell's Construction and then later, he joined his good friend, Roger Miller in Sioux City with Concrete Specialties. After retirement, he worked for Swain Motors where he enjoyed coffee and chatting with friends while selling cars. Known by his family and friends as their much-loved 'Rat', Don and Audrey fully enjoyed traveling with their friends. Don was an avid sports fan. He was a star softball pitcher and homerun hitter, champion bowler, loved playing golf and watching the Hawkeyes. He is preceded in his death by his parents, Henry and Sophia Radmaker (Titonka, IA), and his sister Harriet George (Estherville, IA). He will be sorely missed by his surviving family; wife Audrey, son Tod Radmaker (Homer, AK), daughter Kristy and son-in-law Bob Walker (Iowa City, IA) and their children, Nate and Leslie Platz, with daughter Karis (Lacey, WA), Seth and Erin Schroeder, with children Jordan and Emmy (North Liberty, IA) and Clay Walker (Iowa City, IA).
SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 2, 2015, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee, Iowa
OFFICIATING
Pastor Magrey deVega
CASKET BEARERS
Bob Verheul Dick Point Hank Hayes Larry Carlson Gaylen Fliear Val Koch
VISITATION
Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 P.M. with the family present during that time.
MUSIC
Congregational Hymns "Amazing Grace" "Here I am Lord" "I Can Only Imagine"
INTERMENT
Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Condolences

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for you loss. I loved hearing Rat's stories and his card tricks. He was a Master at both.”
- Cam Hatch
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about Don's passing. Our sympathy to the family in this loss. I remember being the flower girl at your wedding. ”
- Tom and Barb (Radmaker) Hayes
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Will always keep good times close to my heart... A great friend!
Thoughts to his children and wonderful wife! The spirit lives on. ”
- Kevin
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“His sense of humor - even during difficult times - will be deeply missed! He touched our hearts.”
- Dean and Sabrina Awe
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was truly blessed that Rat taught me all of his card tricks! He will be missed.”
- Kenny Bright
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I enjoyed seeing him at the Family Table from time to time when I would bring my Dad there to have coffee with the guys. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to Audrey and family. Don and "Rat" had alot fun together playing softball together and many other memories over the years.God bless his memory!!
- Donald C Bright
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about "Rat". He was always lots of fun, Dado enjoyed all his tricks. Our prayers and sympathy to the family.
- Dado & Marcy Blankenbaker
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Whenever we sit in 'Rat's' pew at church,we will remember him and his great sense of humor.”
- Tom & Linda Rutter
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Whenever we sit in 'Rat's' pew at church,we will remember him and his great sense of humor.”
- Tom & Linda Rutter
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Tom remembers playing ball with Rat they had some great times. You have a deepest sympathy”
- Janet Lange
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the passing of an extraordinary man.”
- Beth L. Sutton
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear that Rat is no longer with us, what a great guy! Rest in peace, our prayers are with Audrey and family.”
- Tim & Diane Cargin
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“My sympathies to Audrey and the family over Rat's passing. He was quite a character around town. God Bless you folks.”
- Peggy Hinkhouse
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“he was more then a good friend/person he cared for the people he new!!!!!”
- louis eischen
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