Gene A. Radtke, 77, of La Crescent, MN. passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN. He was born in La Crosse on October 13, 1941 to Arnold and Edna (Munzenberger) Radtke. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. In October of 1965 Gene married Mary Schultz and she preceded him in death on February 25, 1981. Gene then married Alice Selke on September 12, 1981.
Gene farmed all his life. When farming in Black River Falls, he started a campground called Lost Falls Resort. He later had an opportunity to obtain his first farm in Nodine, MN. where he lived and farmed for the remainder of his life.
He enjoyed dancing, euchre, hunting and collecting tractors.
Gene is survived by his wife, Alice; daughter, Ellen (John) DeMaira of Onalaska; three sons, David Radtke of La Crosse, Bill (Susie) Selke of Dakota, and Brian (Teresa Pedretti) Selke of La Crescent; ten grandchildren, Heather (Vang) Yang, Megan (Robert Wegner) DeMaira, Danielle Gerdes, Jolissa (Trevor Mahlum) Gerdes, Tyler and Tanner Gerdes, and Rachael, Amanda, Kenlee, and Bradlee Selke; five great grandchildren; and a sister, Diane Moran.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Julie Gerdes.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 825 Jonathan Lane, La Crescent, MN. Pastor Bruce Stam will officiate and burial with Military Honors will be in St. Johns Cemetery, Nodine, MN. A visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Messiah Lutheran Church or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.