Ronald T. Radtke
Ronald T. Radtke, 83, Plover, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016,
at his home while under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27,
at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. Ed Shuttleworth
officiating. Burial will be in St. James Parish Cemetery in Amherst.
Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday
until the Mass.
The Pisarski Community Funeral Home of Plover assisted with
arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Radtke was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Milwaukee, a son of
the late Elmer and Regina (Berna) Radtke. He attended schools in the Milwaukee
He entered the U.S. Air Force in Milwaukee Oct. 22, 1951. He
served during the Korean War as a gunner on a B29 airplane and later served on
cargo planes retrieving weather balloons. He received the United Nations
Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Crew
Members Badge and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged May 2,
1956, at the U.S. Naval Station in Seattle, Wash.
He was married to Violet Ehrhardt May 10, 1959, at St.
Adalbert Catholic Church in Milwaukee. She died May 13, 2012.
He worked for A.O. Smith Company for more than 35 years
until his retirement in 1994.
He and his wife then moved to the Amherst area, where he purchased
the Berna Family Farm Homestead.
He was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans
(PLAV) Polonia Post 185.
Survivors include two sisters, Rosemary Radtke, Stevens
Point, and Jeanette Beattie, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Leslie
O’Neil, Rowland Heights, Calif., and Roberta Jones, Waukesha; two stepgranddaughters;
one great-stepgranddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Joseph.