Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, October 27, 1932




Aged Amherst Woman Had Been Resident Of County Since 1912


Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Amherst for Mrs. Augusta Radtke who died Sunday at the home of her son, William Radtke, near Amherst. Death was due to pneumonia. Mrs. Radtke was 75 years of age and had been a resident of Phillips County since 1912.


Mrs. Radtke was born in Naujard, Germany, December 14, 1856 and was married to Ferdinand Radtke in 1880. The family came to the United States in 1901, settling in Pierce County, Nebraska where they made their home until 1912 when they came to Phillips County. Mr. Radtke died in 1917.


Mrs. Radtke is survived by two sons, William of Amherst and Carl of Holyoke and one daughter, Louise of Amherst, besides a number of grandchildren.


The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.W. Wilk, pastor of the Amherst church, and burial was made in the Amherst cemetery.





Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, January 13, 1972




Funeral services were held from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Amherst, Tuesday, January 11, 1972, for Elizabeth Radtke, 73, who passed away Saturday, January 8, at Melissa Memorial Hospital.


Rev. Theo Schauland, pastor of the church officiated at the services. Interment was in the Amherst Cemetery. Thompson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth Radtke, daughter of William and Elizabeth Nagel, was born in Worms, Russia on December 25, 1898. She had five brothers and sisters   In 1911 she came to this country with her brother, Adam, and her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bender and settled in Albion, Nebraska. In 1912 they moved to Moorefield, Nebraska.


December 15, 1920, she was married to William Radtke at Moorefield, Nebraska. They came to Colorado in the same year and started farming at Amherst. They have been living in the town of Amherst since 1945.


Mr. and Mrs. Radtke celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in December 1970. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Laura and Ella. She is survived by her husband, William, her son Reinhold of Amherst, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.





Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, June 13, 1997


R.W. “Reiny” Radtke, age 70 of Holyoke, passed away Friday, May 31, 1996 at his home. He was born on July 4, 1925 at the family farm in Amherst, the son of Wilhelm John and Elizabeth (Nagel) Radtke.


Reiny lived most of his life on the family farm in Amherst. He moved to Holyoke in 1992 and resided there until his death. He attended parochial school in Amherst and graduated from Phillips County High School with the class of 1943. He was a lifetime farmer and rancher and worked for Brown’s Auction Service and also for the Ranchland Livestock Company in Wray.


During World War II Reiny served his country for two years in the United States Navy. He received his boot training at Farragut, Idaho, and was then stationed at Treasure Island, California. He served aboard the U.S.S. Willard Keith and was in a freighter convoy that sailed to Pearl Harbor. He fought at Okinawa and was in the thick of war battles for 10 months.


Reiny Radtke and Vona Woodmancy were united in marriage on May 4, 1947 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst. To this union four children were born. Vona preceded him in death on November 12, 1990. He was united in marriage to Lu Helgoth on February 1, 1992 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.


He was very active in the community. He was a past president of the V.F.W., served on the Co-op Oil Board; a leader with the Amherst Ag 4-H; an active member with the Amherst Fire Department, Farm Bureau, Farmer’s Union, Northeast Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Holyoke Golf Club. He was a two-term Phillips County Commissioner and an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. His family remembers him as a loving husband, father and grandfather.


Reiny Radtke is preceded in death by both parents, Wilhelm and Elizabeth Radtke; his wife, Vona Radtke; two sisters, Laura Radtke and Ella McQueen; granddaughter, LeAnn Radtke; and grandson, Paul Krumm.


He is survived by his wife, Lu Radtke of Holyoke, five children: Richard Radtke of Panorama City, California, Carol and husband Gary Krumm of Holyoke, Randy Radtke of Sterling, Amy and husband Allen Einspahr of Holyoke and Randy and wife Deb Helgoth of Holyoke; 13 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.


Funeral services for R.W. “Reiny” Radtke were conducted on Monday, June 3, 1996 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst. Pastor Harold Rathjen of Amherst was officiant with Pastor Gary Rahe of Holyoke assisting. Interment was made at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Amherst.













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