In Memory of

Donald Raymond Radke

August 30, 1926 - September 25, 2017
Donald Raymond Radke, the son of Fred and Marie (Winterhof) Radke was born August 30, 1926 in Buena Vista County, Iowa. He was baptized on September 10, 1926 and confirmed on March 17, 1940 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hanover, IA. He received his education at St. John's Parochial School. On February 17, 1957, Donald was united in marriage to Vivian Darlene Grauer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Don farmed the family farm until 1997 when they moved to Cherokee. Don enjoyed people and never met a 'stranger'. He enjoyed singing and sang in the choir at St. John's Church for over 50 years. His brothers and sister formed the 'Radke Quartet'. They sang for many functions in Northwest Iowa. They enjoyed sharing their beautiful musical abilities. Don collected many caps throughout his life, from seed corn sales and farm functions. He had some eye problems and lost his ability to see for several years. As his health declined, he was always ready for his Heavenly Father to take him from this earthly home. On September 25, 2017, Don passed away at Accura Health in Cherokee at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Marie Radke; brothers, Darrell, Harold (Vera), Ervin (Alice) Orville (Lola), Merle (Ruth) Wayne, and Lee (JoAnn), sisters: Darlene Lundin, and Esther (Martin) Einspahr; sister-in-law, Carole Grauer; brothers-in-law, Charles Stoner, Dale Grauer, Robert Grauer, and Orville Saxby. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Darlene Radke of Cherokee, IA; sisters-in-law, Margeret Radke, Evelyn Stoner, Wilma Grauer, Lila Saxby, Shirley (LeRoy) Larson, , Mary Ann (Bill) Rasmus, Marjorie (Joe) Veale; brothers-in-law, Sherald Grauer and Harry Lundin; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 29, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Pastor Jonathan Riggert
Jim Radke Brian Radke Myron Radke Roger Radke Erik Radke Michael Saxby Jaryl Grauer Kevin Reuter Mark Schnoes Scott Rumfield
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
"For All The Saints" "Crown Him With Many Crowns" "How Great Thou Art" "I Know That My Redeemer Lives"
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We would like to extend our condolences to Donald's whole family. You are in our prayers.”
- Kurt and Joyce Rasmus
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for everyone's loss. I have many fond memories of Uncle Don. He always had an engaging joke, a smile and quirky story about life on the farm. Visits to his farm were highlights of my early childhood. Rest In Peace Uncle Don. ”
- Jim Rasmus
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