Herbert "Herb" L. Radtke, 91 of Elgin, passed away at Saint Marys Hospital on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Herb was born and raised on a farm in Eyota. He attended country school, completing the eighth grade. Herb joined the Army in 1950 and after being honorably discharged, he began farming in rural Elgin as well as working for Arnold's Supply at IBM until retirement.
Herb married Dolores (Daugherty) Radtke on Oct. 15, 1952, in Pine Island. They recently celebrated 67 years of marriage.
Herb enjoyed John Deere tractors, traveling and family. Herb loved tinkering with his cars, lawn mowers and visiting with people. Herb had a strong Christian faith and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin for several years. Herb was also a member of the American Legion in Plainview, MN for 30-plus years.
Herb was very loved by many people and will be missed dearly.
Herb is survived by his wife, Dolores (Daugherty) Radtke; daughter Donna Radtke, son Leonard (Kay) Radtke, son Earl Radtke, and daughter Debra (Randy) Bigelow. He also is survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Alta (Calkins) Radtke, daughter Julie Burma, daughter-in-law Brenda Radtke and granddaughter Kelly Bigelow. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Arelene Skrukrud, and brotherss Rudy Radtke and Ruben Radtke.
A funeral service celebrating Herb's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin with the Rev. Terrill Bramstedt officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Schad and Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview and one hour before the service Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family.