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Quintin Jerome Radtke

Quintin Jerome Radtke, age 80, of Lester Prairie, passed away Jan. 13, 2002.

Quintin was born the son of Anton and Angela (Paul) Radtke Oct. 23, 1921 on the family farm in Winsted Township of McLeod County. As a child, Quintin's family moved to Lester Prairie. He attended the Holy Trinity Catholic School in Winsted.

As a young man, Quintin entered the Civil Conservation Corps and worked in northern Minnesota. Quintin enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Snelling, and served during World War II.

During his service, he was awarded the American Defense Service medal, the American Theater Service medal, and five overseas service bars. Quintin received a honorable discharge from the Army at Camp McCoy, Wis. in November, 1945.

He returned to Lester Prairie after the Army and worked as a truck driver for the lumber company in Lester Prairie.

He was united in marriage with Elizabeth "Betty" Nieboer at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted June 18, 1949. To this union was born children, David and Duane.

The couple made their home in Lester Prairie, where Quintin operated a home delivery milk business from 1948 through 1970. His delivery route included Lester Prairie, New Germany, Winsted, and Watertown.

He also owned and operated Radtke Excavating. His excavation business was involved in many local projects. Quintin had helped place sewer lines in Chanhassen, Winsted, and Lester Prairie. He dug the new Lester Prairie swimming pool, and participated in the demolition of the old city hall.

Quintin operated the excavating business for 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting pheasants, playing cards, and bowling.

He entered the St. Mary's Care Center in Winsted in 1997. He suffered the death of his wife, Betty in January of 1998.

Quintin was a member of the Lester Prairie Legion for 51 years. He was also a past member of the Lester Prairie Fire Department and the Lester Prairie City Council.

He entered his eternal rest at the age of 80 years, two months, and 20 days.

He is preceded in death by his parents: wife; brothers, Raymond and Francis; sister, Mary Schlauderaff; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Vos.

Quintin is survived by his two sons, David (Pat) Radtke of Cupertino, Calif., and Duane (Linda) Radtke of Glencoe; and his grandchildren, Derek Radtke and Nathan Radtke of California, Brent Radtke and Danny Radtke of Glencoe.

He is further survived by brothers, Wilbert Radtke of Lester Prairie and Tony (Jane) Radtke of Winsted; sister Pauline (Paul) Cady of Zimmermann; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Fanchon Radtke of Lester Prairie, Wayne Schlauderaff of Hutchinson, Robert and Carol Nieboer of Montana, Jerry Vos of St. Cloud, Jean and Richard Colby of Bloomington; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Quintin Radtke was Thursday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted. Celebrating the mass was the Rev. Paul Wolf and the Rev. Martin Rath.

LaVonne Kielkucki was organist. The congregational hymns were "Be Not Afraid," "Amazing Grace," and "The Battle Hymn."

Brent Radtke, Danny Radtke, Charles Radtke, Joe Radtke, Bill Radtke, and Curt Christensen served as casket bearers.

Interment was next to Quintin's wife, Betty, at the Lester Prairie City Cemetery. The Lester Prairie American Legion presented military honors.

Visitation, Knights of Columbus Rosary, and evening prayer service was Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel, Lester Prairie.

Arrangements were made by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel.

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