DRAPER-- Ed Radke, age 68, was taken peacefully at home on July 13, 2000 after a courageous fight with brain cancer.
Born October 18, 1931 in Reading, PA of Joseph Radke and Mary Kozlowski-Rad-ke. In 1952 he was called to serve for the United States Army in the Korean War. In 1954 he was honorably discharg-ed after receiving several medals. After graduating from Drexel University in 1960 he relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah to work in the aerospace industry for Hercules Incorporated.
Ed married Louise Brinkman of Milford Utah in 1963. Together they had four children Kristin, Edward Jr., Matthew and Andrew. He was a wonderful husband and an ideal father. He spent all of his free time with his family taking many camping and skiing trips. He was very caring and always made certain the family came first. Ed also spent many years involved as a Scout Leader for Troop 697 in Granger, Utah. He was recognized as an outstanding leader of boys and received an award for his involvement. Many scouts remember his fun and educational projects in his workshop.
After successfully completing 34 years with Hercules, where he was involved with extensive rocket design development and testing he retired in 1992. He then turned his focus to his grandchildren, Nickolette, Nathan and Kelsey and the community. Ed was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He volunteered his time preparing tax returns for people requiring assistance. He served as a Republican Voting District Delegate and was a leader in both the Valley West Republicans Club and the Coalition for Accountable Government. He also served on the Salt Lake County Human Services Advisory Council and the Draper City Planning Commission. Additionally he kept current with community topics and frequently voiced his thought-provoking opinions in "Letters to the Editor" in the Salt Lake Tribune. His common political premise was less government involvement and lower taxes.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Louise Radke (Brinkman); his children, Kristin VonWald, Edward Radke Jr. (Sury Ann), Matthew Radke and Andrew Radke; his grandchildren, Nickolette VonWald, Nathan VonWald and Kelsey VonWald; his mother, Mary Radke; his brothers and sisters, Joe Radke (Anne), Terri Campbell (Tom), Pat Frattiani, Gerri Munson (Larry), Rosemary Martino (Ray) and Bob Radke (Jackie). Ed was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Radke; his brother-in-law, Edmund Frattiani; and his son-in-law, Lance VonWald.
A viewing will be held Sunday, July 16, 2000, from 4-5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church at 3015 East Creek Road (8150 South) which will be followed by a vigil at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 17, 2000 at 10:30 am also at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Cannon Mortuary funeral directors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5550 or to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 11800 South 300 East, Draper, Utah 84020.
Ed served all of his life roles diligently, successfully and with dignity. He will truly be missed by all.