Jack W. Radke

  • Born: March 27, 1932
  • Died: November 19, 2017
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

505 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family


Jack W. Radke, 85 of Sterling, died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home.

Jack was born on March 27, 1932 in Elgin, the son of Walter and Hazel (Meline) Radke. He served in the United States Coast Guard in the 1950's. Jack graduated from Elgin Community College and then attended Columbia College. He married Carol Massey on September 2, 1958 in Sterling. Jack worked for local radio stations, WSSQ, WJVM and WSDR, for more than 60 years until his retirement in spring of 2017. For many years, Jack looked forward to his annual trip with old friends to attend the Bix Beiderbecke Festival in the Quad Cities. He was a lifelong Chicago White Sox and Green Bay Packers Fan.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol; his three sons, Stephen W. (D'Layne) Radke of Washington D.C., Jeffrey W. Radke of Milwaukee, WI and Gregory W. (Ivett) Radke of Carol Stream, IL; and two granddaughters, Eleanor Radke and Sydney Radke.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, 505 1st Avenue.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear about Jacks passing....I worked with Jack at Wsdr...he was a fine man.

Posted by Charley Henson-Cooper - Sterling, IL - Acquaintance   November 26, 2017

My sincere condolences to Carol and the Radke family. I had the extreme pleasure of working with Jack at the job to which he devoted most of his life, radio. He loved it, and we all loved him. Rest in peace, Jack.

Posted by Marty Wells - Morrison, IL - Coworker   November 22, 2017

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Glen and I just wanted to offer our condolences to the Radke family on their family's loss. We knew Jack as the father of our friend Greg and also as a vendor at one of the places I worked. He was a nice, friendly guy. RIP Jack.

Glen and Melissa Wicks

Posted by Melissa Wicks - Rock Falls, IL - Acquaintance   November 21, 2017

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You have a wonderful family. It was an honor that I fondly remember.
Woodstock still enjoys a place of honor.
Dale Armstrong

Posted by Dale Armstrong - Sterling, IL - Teacher   November 20, 2017