Ralph Henry Radke, age 74, of Dassel, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Dec. 12, 1939, at his Aunt Jessie’s home in Webster, WI, the son of Robert and Dolly (Connor) Radke. When Ralph was 2 years old, the family moved to Oregon to work for Boeing Aircraft.
They later moved to a farm near Milaca, where Ralph grew up and helped on the family farm. Ralph graduated from the Milaca High School in 1956.
Upon graduating from high school, Ralph served his country in the United States Army from 1957 to 1960,
In 1960, he met his future wife, Sharon Rivers, and they were united in marriage June 6, 1964, in Elk River. The couple made their home in Fridley where Ralph was employed by Co-Lite Manufacturing, the Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant, and Carter Day Sheet Metal Manufacturing.
In 1986, they moved to Dassel, where they owned and operated the Dassel Motel until 2001, when they sold the motel and bought a house in Dassel, where they have lived since.
Ralph loved to go camping, fish, to build things like storage sheds, lawn swings, and kitchen cabinets; remodel, work on automobiles, garden, and collect aluminum cans from the ball field.
He enjoyed life, and loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and his church family. He also loved children of all ages, especially his class at Awana.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Dassel; two sons, Ronald (Tamara) Radke of St. Cloud, and Mark Radke of Brooklyn Park; four grandchildren, Justin, Sequoia, Quillan, and Seneca; a brother, Bernard (Mary) Radke of Carthage, NY; aunts; and nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers David and Francis; and his father-in-law, Joe Rivers.
The funeral service took place Tuesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment followed at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday evening, March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church .
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.