Walter L. Radtke was called home to the Lord on May 5, 2019 in Seguin, Texas at the age of 106. He was born April 20, 1913 in New Berlin, Texas to William and Mary (Kuehler) Radtke.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Irma Vogel Radtke; daughter, Eva Nell; and infant son, Elgin. His parents and siblings, Harry, Louis, Ernest, Otto, Mary Zunker, Adeline Schraub, Elsie Cellmer, and Henrietta Kusmierz also precede him in death.
He is survived by son, Maurice Radtke (Chris); daughter Joyce Hartmann (Squeaky); sister, Josephine Mivelaz; sisters-in-law, Emma Radtke and Mildred Radtke; grandchildren, Edie Rodriguez, Buddy Radtke (Audrey), Elgin Radtke, Carl Radtke (Vickie), Clint Hartmann, and Kristie Carlisle (Gary); 15 great grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
A devout Catholic his entire life, the church communities of St. Gerard and St. Jerome were important parts of his life.
Aside from his family, he loved the game of baseball, and in his youth, was quite the athlete. He and his brothers were well known in the area for their competitive spirit. He managed his son and nephew in the Babe Ruth league for many years and he also coached his daughters in CYO softball.
He also enjoyed bowling and competed, along with his wife, in 9 pin tournaments throughout Texas. In addition, he was a member of the Pearl Brewery Bowling Team for several years.
At 106 years old, he could tell you stories of how things used to be; travel, growing their own food, butchering a calf or a pig and how to make sausage.
He was a farmer in his early life and then he worked at the Pearl Brewery for close to 40 years. He was also a hound dog lover and enjoyed many years of coyote hunting with his brother Otto.
After his retirement from the Pearl Brewery in 1972, (he did not like pasteurized beer) he grew vegetables on his small acreage, and in recent years when he talked about his garden, the vegetables seemed to get bigger and bigger.
He was a kind and decent man, and he always had a welcoming smile and a twinkle in his eyes. He has left us with many great memories that we will always cherish.
The family would like to thank the members of St. James Catholic Church in Seguin, Texas who visited with him and gave him Holy Communion; particularly Steven Scheel, who always made time for our dad.
Pallbearers are great grandsons, Javier Rodriguez, Carlos Rodriguez, Rory Carlisle, Chase Hartmann, Maurice Radtke Ill, Cooper Carlisle, Tanner Carlisle, and Dylan Hartmann.
A visitation will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019, 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Martinez, followed by a Rosary Vigil at 10 a.m.
Friday, May 10, 2019
St. Jerome Catholic Church
Interment will follow at St. Jerome Catholic Cemetery. Father Greg Nevlud will officiate. You are welcome to sign the online guestbook at www.finchfuneralchapels.com. Services in care of Finch Funeral Chapel, LLC.