Ronald A. Radke, 71, "known as G-Pa to many," passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, following a courageous battle with leukemia at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Ronald Arthur Radke was born Sept. 10, 1942, to Paul and Beulah (Newell) Radke in Chatfield. He grew up in Byron, and later married Liela Schleusner on June 10, 1961. Ronald was a journeyman plasterer before working the rest of his career in construction. He worked for many years for Shamrock Enterprise, Road Constructors and recently at the end of his career for Larry Severson Construction. He loved a hard days work.

Ronald also enjoyed golfing, Busch light, a good Bloody Mary, trips to the casino, a good party, watching high school sports, especially his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed remodeling homes, especially for his family and friends.

Ronald is survived by his three daughters, Jody (Dave King) Radke, Kasson, Wanda (Lance) Radke-Schafhausen, Rochester and Chrissy (Brian) Harvey, Hayfield; six grandchildren, Ronald R. Radke, Richard R. Bennett, Zachary D. Bennett, Ashley M. Bennett, Brandon R. Harvey and Brenna L. Harvey; one great-granddaughter, Arianna M. Garris; a brother, Russell (Kathy) Radke, Rochester; two sisters, Donna Hendrix, Genoa and Gail (Dave) Hovey, Byron; a sister-in-law, Shari (Gene) Radke, Byron; a brother-in-law, Wayne Boysen, Hayfield; a mother-in law, Letha Odman, Kasson; and a brother-in-law, Dale "Butch" Schleusner, Byron. He is also survived by his special friend, Jim Huntoon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Liela and five brothers.

A funeral service was held on Sept. 27, at Christ Lutheran Church in Byron.

Burial was at Friday, Sept. 27, in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rochester. Following the burial, there was a celebration of life at the Rochester Eagles Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55902, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com.