Anthony A. “Tony” Radtke, age 75, of Winsted, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at his residence.
He was born March 21, 1936, in Lester Prairie, the son of Anton and Angela Paul Radtke.
Tony graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1954.
He honorably served his country in the United States Army Reserves.
Anthony Radtke and Jane Campbell were joined in holy marriage July 20, 1957, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with eight children.
Tony worked on the Radtke Brothers Farms in Winsted Township for 13 years.
He was the proprietor of Radtke Produce for 57 years, and Radtke Catering for 30 years.
Tony was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
He served as the manager of the Winsted American Legion for many years. Tony also belonged to Knights of Columbus Council 8253 and 40/8 in Hutchinson.
Tony enjoyed cooking, catering, fishing, hunting, and raising hunting dogs.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Jane; eight children: twin daughters, Roxanne (Leonard) Cochran and Ruth Ann (Tracy) Harnit, Daniel (Char) Radtke, Ken Radtke, Rosaline (Mark) Dalbec, Patrick Radtke, Scott (Liz) Radtke, and Rachael Scherping; grandchildren Monica Lemings, Nathan Harnit, Aaron (Lisa) Cochran, Tara Cochran, Jessica Radtke, Giles Radtke, Dylan Radtke, Krystle Radtke, Nicholas Dalbec, Jaiden Wachholtz, Sydney Scherping, Zach Scherping, Hannah Scherping and Nolan Scherping; a great-grandchild, Aiden Lemings; a sister, Pauline Cady; his brother-in-law Wayne Schlauderaff; a sister-in-law, Fanchon Radtke; and other relatives and friends.
Tony was preceded in death by a grandson, John Patrick Harnit; his parents; and siblings Quentin Radtke, Francis Radtke, Ray Radtke, Wilbert Radtke, and Mary Jane Schlauderaff.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted; with an American Legion Ritual at 7 p.m.; and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued Thursday morning, March 1 at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Casket bearers were Aaron Cochran, Giles Radtke, Dylan Radtke, Daniel Dukhorn, Michael Radtke, and Charles Radtke.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.