Charles Radke

Charles Radke, 86, long-time resident of Grand Junction, Iowa died Friday, October 12, 2018 at Regency Park Nursing and Rehab in Jefferson.  

Charles (Chuck) Radke was born October 7, 1932, in Sterling, Illinois, the only child of Gladys and Dillard Radke. Charles had a great passion for music. He majored in music at Drake University where he met his spouse of 64 years, Virginia Ann Lee, who shared a great love of music. Together they settled in Grand Junction and had three children: Ruthanne, Susan, and Steve. 

Charles was the band director for East Greene Community Schools. He taught private music lessons to hundreds of children over the years, including piano, clarinet, flute, oboe and saxophone. He was the pianist in several community bands, orchestras and jazz bands; the musical director for community theatrical productions; and the church organist at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction for over 50 years. Well into his 80s, he continued to accompany students at music contests and on the stage of the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. His musical impact continues to inspire generations of families. He was also a dedicated member of the Lion’s Club.

Charles is survived by his wife, Virginia Lee Radke; children: Ruthanne (Jeffrey) Douglas, Susan Miller and Steve (Cindy) Radke; grandchildren: Steven Douglass, David Douglass, Peggy Hall, Brent Miller and Sebastian Radke; and great grandchildren, Trenton and Lucas Hall. 

A joint Celebration of Life will be held upon the death of his wife, Virginia. 

To continue their passion for music, memorial contributions can be made to the Charles and Virginia Radke Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to Peoples Bank, c/o Charles and Virginia Radke Memorial Scholarship Fund, 205 Main Street E, Grand Junction IA 50107.

Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson, 515-386-2171.

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