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James Richard Radke

Jan 08, 1933 - Oct 28, 2019


James Richard Radke, age 86, of Sheboygan, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. James was born on January 8, 1933 to the late Edward and Mary (Angst) Radke. He attended local schools and graduated from Central High School in 1952. James served in the US Navy on the USS Currituck from 1955 to 1956. On October 25, 1958 he married the love of his life, Diane Grandlic. James spent most of his working career, and retired from, Plastics Engineering Company. He enjoyed riding his bicycle, camping and fishing. He and his wife enjoyed the many times spent with family and friends playing cards, bowling, round robins, bonfires and holiday cookouts. His favorite holidays were Halloween and Christmas. Jim and Diane enjoyed vacationing together or with family; Hawaii and Colorado being the most memorable. James was a talented man, amazing us with his special gifts. He did woodworking, wood carving, stained glass and was a member of the Kettle Karvers Klub. Many friend’s and family’s homes are adorned with his woodworking and stained glass. Together, he and Diane crafted their home into their own artistic vision of love. James loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Bella. James loved watching the Golf Channel and was an avid Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan.
James is survived by his children, Brian (fiancee Jonelle) Radke, Barry (Brenda) Radke and Kathy (Gary) Hueppchen; grandchildren, Angela (Christopher) Huenink, Aaron (Lindsay) Radke, Alexandra Radke, Spencer Radke, Kyle (Melissa) Paul and Rebecca (Tyler) Fox; great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Donovan, Carson, Lauren, Connor, Tristan, Wesley and Evelyn; sister, Doris Wagner and Barbara Dougherty; brother-in-law, Peter Gabrieles; sisters-in-law, Mary Radke and June Grandlic; brother-in-law, John “Jack” (Fran) Grandlic; special friends, Nancy (Bill) Phebus and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by wife, Diane; parents, Mary and Edward Radke; mother- and father-in-law, John and Lavina Grandlic; sisters, Pearl (William) Leonhardt, Virginia (Louis) Woiak and Judith Gabrieles; brother, Ralph Radke; brothers-in-law, Robert Wagner, Robert Dougherty and Eugene Grandlic; nephew, Daniel Grandlic and niece, Cindy Boyd.
There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1439 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, on Saturday, November 2nd at 12:00 p.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Greendale Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Greg from Embrace for his conversations with dad which were greatly enjoyed and the loving care he received from Sharon S. Richardson Hospice caregivers, especially Val, Stacey, Claudette, and John.
A memorial fund has been established in James’ name. Condolences may be expressed at
We would especially like to mention Jonelle, his special angel, who saw Jimmy through the best days of the last 8 months, keeping him safe and sharing her special love and joy with him.

Funeral Mass

Date: Saturday Nov 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]


Date: Saturday Nov 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]



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Edith Barnes

I didn't know James Radke but I heard a lot of good things about him. He is done suffering and gone home with the Lord. Prayers are being said for his family and Jonelle.

dawn towe

so sorry for your lost. my prayers are coming your way. just remember the good times and you will fine some peace as time goes by, love yall

Sharon Leider

I was saddened to read that Jim had passed. I worked in their dental office for many years, and always enjoyed the Radke family. First with Dr. Schutte, then Dr. Armstrong?Delasanta. Very special people, and I always enjoyed seeing them & visiting with them. Sending my thoughts & prayers to their family.

Vicki and Rick Brubaker

What a beautiful and lovingly-detailed obituary . So sorry for your loss. We will miss Jim - his stories, his laugh, and his warm hospitality. Praying for comfort for all of you.

Vicki Brubaker

Patricia Grams

Please accept my condolences. I knew Jim from St. Peter Claver but mostly through Diane, who was a pool pal at the YMCA.. She and I had lots of good talks. I espeially felt a connedtion to Jim whenever I gave him Communion, after Diane's passing. And, They were such a sweet couple! Angie and Aaron, how lucky for you to have had such lovely grandparents. I am sad that I will be out of town and not able to give all of you this message in person. Sincerely, Mrs. Pat Grams from Jackson School

Stacey Gleason

Jim will be missed terribly. I grew very fond of him during my time caring for him and I feel very blessed to have been a small part in his wonderful life. I would like to express my most sincere condolences to Jim's family and friends.