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William H Radtke

January 6, 1935 — October 20, 2015

for William H. Radtke
William "Bill" H. Radtke went home to be with the Lord Jesus on October 20, 2015, at DeSano Place Village in Jerome, Idaho, with family by his side. He was 80 years old.
Bill was born to Harold and Dorothy Radtke on January 6, 1935, in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Radtke family later resided in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of three children, having two older sisters: Shila and Beverly. At age eight his family moved to Bremerton, Washington, where his dad worked in the naval yard. Bill graduated from Bremerton High School in 1953.
He attended Washington State College (WSU) where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. At Washington State, he met his college sweetheart, Janice Kruegel. He and Jan were married in her hometown of Wenatchee, Washington on June 22, 1957, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2007. The young couple moved to Richland, Washington, where Bill worked for Westinghouse. During this time he served six months of active duty training for the National Guard at Ford Ord, California. Later, Bill accepted a position at Argonne National Laboratory in Idaho as a systems engineer. He and Jan moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, and raised their family of three children: Josie, Michelle, and Corey. He retired from Argonne in June of 1994.
Bill and his family remained in Idaho Falls for many years, and he made life-long friendships. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior while in his thirties and shared the gospel of Christ with his family and all those that God brought across his path. He was an active member of St. Paul's Methodist Church. Some of the gifts he shared in ministry were music, teaching Sunday school of all ages, and leading various outdoor activities. Bill was a talented musician on guitar, mandolin, banjo, etc. He had a particular love of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel. He played with various bands including Mountain Echo, The Glory Land Band, From the Heart, and the Old Time Fiddlers. He was an outdoorsman from an early age and had an appreciation for the mountains, especially the Tetons. Some of his favorite times were spent sharing the outdoors while mountain climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, and cross-country skiing with his family and friends. He served as a Nordic Ski patrolman and loved skiing the beautiful mountain trails of Harriman State Park.
A special smile was reserved for children, and he really enjoyed being with all his grandchildren whether he was fishing with them or just plain being grandpa. Anyone who was blessed to know Bill knew he loved the Lord, was a man of his word, and would give of himself to help others. His brilliant blue eyes, easy smile, and sense of humor will not be forgotten. We love you and we will sure miss you, Dad. However, we rejoice that you are in God's presence where there is fullness of joy!
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and his wife, Jan. He is survived by his three children: Josie (Dan) Gott, Michelle Muller, and Corey (Michelle) Radtke. His grandchildren: Keri, Justin, Franz, Johanna, Isaac, Henry, and Samuel. His greatgrandchildren: Christian and Mallory.
The family would like to thank the staff and administration of Brookdale/Wynwood of Twin Falls, DeSano Place Village in Jerome, and Horizon Home Health & Hospice for the love, support, and care they gave our dad and family during the past four years. We extend a special thank you also to Dr. Lohmann and his staff for the excellent care.
The Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at St. Paul's Methodist Church, 1730 S. St. Clair in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association. Online at Online condolences may be left at

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When: Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Location: Funeral Home

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