OBITUARY

Donald Otto Radtke

December 25, 1928June 25, 2020
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Donald Otto Radtke of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at the age of 91. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Christmas Day in 1928 to the late Otto and Grace Radtke. He graduated with a BS from Ohio University and was a mechanical engineer with Dayton Superior. Donald was married to his loving wife, Barbara B. Radtke for 60 years until her passing in 2013. He is also preceded in death by a grandson, Timothy Nail. Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Cynthia Jeanne (Mark) Houck and Susan Lynne (Wayne) Clark; his son, Donald Otto (Jenny) Radtke, Jr.; seven grandchildren, Chris Houck; Jessica Houck; Julie Foster; Michael Nail; Lori Gardner; Brian Nail; and Ireland Radtke; and six great-grandchildren, Aslan Foster; Josiah Foster; Charles Gardner III; Ellie Gardner; Hailey Houck; and Hudson Houck. Donald was a long time member of Riverchase United Methodist Church, a Mason, and a member of Chace Lake Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf. Donald and his wife, Barbara, were also members of a gourmet club. There will be a graveside service held at Southern Heritage Cemetery in Pelham, AL on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 (www.alz.org) or to the Oaks on Parkwood, 2651 Laurel Oaks Dr. Bessemer, AL 35022 (www.oaksonparkwood.com) Please visit https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/9237127 to leave special memories of Donald and condolences to the family.

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  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020

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Robert Stevens

July 5, 2020

I’d like to pay my respects to the entire Radtke Family. I did not personally know Donald, but his Uncle, Henry William Radtke, who passed in 1978 in Euclid, Ohio, was my adopted Grandfather. Henry’s daughter, Doris Radtke was my Godmother. I used to spend long summer vacations at their home in Euclid and they introduced me to treasured memories of Euclid Beach Park (I actually recognize the Euclid Beach Laughing Lady in one of your photos), Cedar Point, and the Cleveland Indians. They were such a kind, wonderful family and although I have never had the pleasure of meeting your Donald, I can just tell by the photos that I would have liked and enjoyed him just as much. With great honor and respect to all of you,

Bob Stevens

Joanne Janchus

June 26, 2020

To the Radtke Family, I send my love to you all, I have known Donnie and your parents for years due to the friendship of my brother Steve and Donnie since they were in high school. Our parents were in a gourmet group together. Losing parents is tough, but thankfully they raised us to carry on our Family Legacies. Your parents are no longer with us, but you have memories of them and they will never be forgotten. God Bless your Family.

Suzanne Jernigan

June 26, 2020

Dear Cindy,

We are so sorry to hear about your Father. Don was a wonderful
husband, father and friend, and I'm glad we got the chance to know him. We're thinking of you,

Love,
Suzanne and Mark Jernigan


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