Charles “Chuck” Radke, age 61, of Appleton, passed away on December 2 after a hard-fought battle with esophageal cancer. Charles was born in Oconto Falls on May 12, 1960, son of Rollyn and Ruth (Loberger) Radke. He was blessed with a very loving childhood and caring family. He appreciated the camaraderie of his family. Charles had a strong Christian faith. He had a great sense of humor. Charles was a good friend. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed.
Charles worked hard and played harder. He enjoyed traveling, SCUBA diving with sharks, skiing in the mountains of Utah and Colorado, and any kind of adventure. He proposed to the great love of his life, Michelle, at 12,000 feet in Utah. They were married on August 20, 1994. A 1967 Chevelle was the other “love” of his life. Charles was a private pilot and the captain of three power boats throughout his life. He was a loving “feline father” to many spoiled cats over the years. After years in the power sports and recreational industry, Charles was proud to drive school bus charters for Lamers Bus Lines, which brought much joy to him and the students he served.
In addition to his wife Michelle and his parents, Charles is survived by siblings Beth (Mark) Bostwick, Joan (Doug) Brylski, Jane (Larry) Duame, Marcia Radke, Mary (Mark) Huberty, Cary (Darin) Meyer, and Joseph Radke. He is also survived by his in-laws, Lizette McCormick, Dave McCormick, Lynn Delveaux and Ginger (Bill) Wellnitz; godsons, Connor McCormick, Reece Duame, Logan Heilman, and Brody Heilman; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Elaine and George Van Kooy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral Mass for Charles will be held at 11:00 a.m. on December 14th at St. Mary’s in Appleton. There will be no visitation prior to Mass. Visitation and a luncheon celebrating Charles’ life will be held after the Mass at Pullmans Trolley Square, 619 Olde Oneida St., Appleton.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Kelsey, Connor, Leah, and Logan McCormick, plus neighborhood friends, for all their support and care as well as Theda Care Hospice and Cherry Meadows. To express online condolences, please visit: www.kesslerfh.com.