Obit: Radke, Marvin Jr. (1950 - 2011)


Contact: Marianne Walker   



Surnames: Radke


----Source: Leader Telegram (Eau Claire, WI) 01/12/2011


Radke, Marvin Jr. (3 FEB 1950 - 8 JAN 2011)




Marvin Craig Radke Jr., "Marv" or "Craig" as he was known to many, passed away quietly at his home in Eleva on Jan. 8th, 2011 at the age of 60.


Marv was born on Feb. 3rd, 1950 in Neillsville, WI. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1968.


He served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He started in Jan. 1969 and was honorably discharged in Aug. 1970 after serving in the Vietnam War as a Helicopter mechanic. Marvin was awarded several commendations; Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Expert Badge/Auto Rifle bar and Sharpshooter bar, and Vietnam Service Metal.


He attended the "Vogie" Tech, as he called it, in 1971 and obtained a diploma in Diesel Mechanics. Marvin worked hard throughout his life in the field of maintenance and as a mechanic.


Marv had the gift of gab and would bend your ear as long as you let him. He never missed a great bargain nor forgetting to share his findings with others. He enjoyed tinkering around the house, fishing, and helping his son Tim with various projects.


He is survived by his son, Tim; daughter, Sarah (Steve); his aunt, Maxine; his mother, Lois; a sister, Cynthia (Greg); a niece, Carmen (Mike); a nephew, Steven; and two grandkids, Brett and Brook. He also was survived by many close friends which are too many to name. He thoroughly enjoyed talking with them and that meant the world to him.


He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin G. Radke; his favorite uncle, Cliff; his grandparents; many aunts; uncles; and his friend, Victor.


Memorial services will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday January 13, 2011 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home with military honors following the service at the funeral home. Pastor James Whatley of Peace Lutheran Church will officiate.


Friends may visit at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of services.


In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given in Marvin's name to the Highground, where a stone has been placed in his and his father's honor, W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, WI 54456.


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Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.



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