Kenneth D. Radke

GALVA – Private family services for Kenneth D. Radke, 92, of Galva will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Galva, with the Rev. Paul D. Egger officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Galva, with military rites by American Legion Dibbern Post #454 at Galva. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein is in charge of arrangements.

He died April 22, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Holstein.

Kenneth D. Radke was born Dec. 16, 1928, to Albert and Doretta (Zoch) Radke on a farm north of Galva. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Galva, and remained a lifelong member.

He served as church treasurer and as a custodian at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

After graduating from Galva Community School in 1946, he farmed with his father. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952, during the Korean Conflict. He returned home to continue farming.

On Jan. 10, 1965, he married Mary Kistenmacher at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein. They moved to the Zoch farm north of Holstein.

In 1971, they bought the Anderson farm north of Galva, moving there in March 1972. Kenneth lived and farmed there the remainder of his life.

He served as a director at Galva Union Elevator and First Trust and Savings Bank at Galva.

Kenneth was a steward of the land, taking extra strides to preserve it. He also enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, playing cards and morning coffee at the Galva Legion.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Mary; two brothers, Dean (Margaret) Radke and Lee (Bev) Radke; and two sisters-in-law, Elmeree Radke and Lois Kistenmacher.

Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Mike (Anita) Radke, Tom (Gladys) Radke, Lisa (Brian) Cronin, Greg Radke, Kevin (Sara) Radke, Phyllis (John) Baumann, Rodney (Phyllis) Otto, Eileen (Ron) Steffens, Gary (Alura) Otto, Joel (Cheryl) Otto, Jackie (Steve) Meyer, David (Liz) Kistenmacher, Drew Kistenmacher, Lisa (Mike) Teeter; and many great-nephews and -nieces.

Preceding Kenneth in death were his parents; his parents-in-law, Harry and Blondina Kistenmacher; two brothers, Virgil Radke and Wendel Radke; a sister, Elsie (Wilbert) Otto; two brothers-in-law, Donald Kistenmacher and Paul Kistenmacher; a niece, Penny Radke; and a nephew, Duane (Carolyn) Otto.

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