Services for Radtke set for today
Daniel William Radtke died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. He was 37 years old. He was born in Marshfield, Wisc., on April 20, 1969, to parents Robert J. Radtke and the late Phyllis M. (Ruder) Radtke.A 1987 graduate of Columbus High School in Marshfield, Dan earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point before moving to Colorado. He worked briefly for the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter, giving that up for a permanent position at Keystone Resort, where he began working in 1995 as a maintenance technician. On Aug. 7, 1996, Dan married Sonia Rojas at Dillon Reservoir. Together, the couple raised sons born in 2001 and 2006, living and working together happily as a family, and as members of the Keystone community, until his recent untimely death. A licensed journeyman electrician, Dans contributions to the community included work as a volunteer with the Keystone and Dillon Fire Departments and a member of the Knights of Columbus. His interests included outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, skating, hiking, biking, boating, and camping, all of which he enjoyed with friends and family.His love of music brought him together with people, as is evidenced by his well-used collection of albums and the ticket stubs that he saved from concerts he attended regularly with friends and family. Dan was known by many as a good friend and a great guy to be around. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, son, and brother the youngest of five boys.Daniel Radtke was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis, and grandparents Joseph & Cecilia (Kubisiak) Radtke and Philip & Barbara (Kienlen) Ruder, as well as an uncle Charles Ruder, and aunts Karlene (Ruder) Leberg and Marlene (Ruder) Wenzel.He is survived by his wife, Sonia and sons Matthew and Kenneth Radtke, all of Dillon, his father Robert (and wife Joan) Radtke, of Marshfield, Wisconsin, mother-in-law Laura Garcia, of Cuilapa Santa Rosa, Guatemala, four brothers Steven (and wife Gail), of Marshfield, Wisconsin, Mark (and wife Patricia), of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Roger, of Austin, Texas, and Philip, of Blacksburg, Virginia. Also surviving are Dans nieces and nephews, Kristen, Nathan, Benjamin, Michael, Jacob, William, and Emily Radtke. He is survived by and loved by his many uncles, aunts and cousins, both on his side of the family, as well as that of his wife Sonia.A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6-8 p.m., followed by a service of the Rosary at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 19 Straight Creek Drive, Dillon. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m., also at Our Lady of Peace Church in Dillon. Fr. Jesse Amedzi will officiate. Following the Mass, the family will receive friends at a reception at the Keystone Conference Center.Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville.
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