Larson-Nelson Funeral Home provided the following obituary:
Harley Edward Radtke, age 94, of DeKalb, Ill., formerly of Waterman, Ill. passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at DeKalb County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, DeKalb. He was born on Oct. 8, 1918 in Nashua, Iowa the son of Edward and Frances (Perry) Radtke.
Harley was united in marriage on May 30,1943 in San Diego to the former Mildred Grace Houghtby and they spent the next 66 happy years of their lives together until her passing on June 11, 2009. He served his country proudly as a member of the United States Navy during World War II. In 1951, Harley and Mildred moved their family to DeKalb County, IL so he could pursue his love for farming. He was, for many years, the owner and operator of Radtke Refrigeration Service in Waterman, Ill. and a former member of the Waterman Business Association in Waterman. Mr. Radtke was a longtime and active member of the Foursquare Church in DeKalb, where he enjoyed planting and tending the flowers. Harley was an avid golfer and after his retirement he was the grounds keeper at the Countryside West Golf Course. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Harley is survived by his children, Linda (John) Dersch of DeKalb, IL, Richard (Nancy) Radtke of Waterman and Christine Radtke of Poplar Grove, Ill.; his 10 grandchildren; his 13 great-grandchildren; his brother, Marvin (Wanda) Radtke of Payson, Ariz., his sister, Roberta Atkinson of Sheffield, Iowa and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Frances Radtke; his wife, Mildred Radtke; and his brother, Lyle Radtke.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Foursquare Church, 210 Grove Street, DeKalb, Ill.. A Military Graveside Service will follow at 2:00 PM in the Old English Cemetery, Route 30, West of Tower Rd, Shabbona, IL. The family requests that memorials be made to the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, (815) 264-3362. www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com