Patricia Ann Radke, 84, of Russell, Kansas, died on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.
Patricia was born on November 27, 1935, in Wewoka, Oklahoma, the daughter of Cecil and Gertrude Lynch. Her family moved around to several places but eventually made Russell, Kansas, her permanent home. She graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1953. After high school, she graduated from Ft. Hays State University with a degree in Business. She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Vernon D. Radke on February 22, 1959, in Russell, at St. John Lutheran Church. From this union Patricia and Vernon were blessed with 2 children Mark and Robyn. With their love of children they also welcomed children from other countries as foreign exchange students. She worked for Shields Oil Company as a secretary, City of Russell as assistant to the city manager, public TV station KOOD as assistant office manager and Buttons and Bows working as a preschool teacher’s assistant. She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Russell and was in the church altar guild and women in fellowship group. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Then later in life she loved coloring adult coloring books.
Surviving family include her husband Vernon of the home, son Mark Radke of Sterling, Kansas; daughter Robyn Williams of Russell, Kansas; 3 grandchildren Kelsey Shattuck (Jason), Cherish Richards and Christopher Radke and 4 great grandchildren; extended family Pilar Morales Villar, Hans Jochum and Kai Muller.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Caroline Coddington.
A graveside memorial service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Russell, Kansas. Cremation has been selected and burial of the ashes will follow the graveside service. Visitation will be held from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Monday, June 29, 2020, at the mortuary with family greeting guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Monday evening. Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the memorial service arrangements.