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Paul Radke

June 18, 1952 ~ February 24, 2018 (age 65)

Paul A. Radke, 65, of Hampshire, IL passed away on February 24, 2018. He was born on June 18, 1952 in Chicago to John and Alice Radke.

Paul attended Crystal Lake Central High School and played varsity football side by side with his brothers John and Bill. While working towards his bachelor degree he took time off to work and provide for his family as well as pay for his education. He Graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Paul started his career in construction and spent the majority of his career in the homebuilding industry, working for Kimball Hill Homes 20 years exiting as the VP of Purchasing, Lennar Homes, and most recently CalAtlantic Homes. Throughout much of his life Paul was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, scuba diving, and boating with friends and family. He also never left his trade and was capable of building nearly anything from a piece of wood, including an outdoor playset, toy chest, Adirondack chairs, a dogsled, home shelving, stools, wooden ducks, fish, boxes, and pinewood derby cars; objects that brought joy and memories to many. Paul worked hard his entire life to provide for himself and his family. He loved dearly and supported his large extended family who also supported him. 

Paul will be deeply missed by his loving sons, Jason and Matthew; grandchildren Simon, Elise, Cora; siblings William (Pat), Margaret, James (Dorothy); Laura Radke, Martha Hurm, and Tom McKibben; nieces Deb, Denise, Dawn, Lucy; nephews Ben and Dan Radke, Eric and Alex Pruitt, John and Andrew Kristan, William, Jacob, and Grant Radke, and Ethan Radke.

He was preceded in death by his brothers John and Robert, sisters Diane and Loretta, and his mother and father. 

The visitation for Paul will be held on Friday, March 2, from 4-8pm at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E Terra Cotta Ave (Rt. 176) Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Visitation will continue the following day, Saturday, March 3, from 9:30am until prayers said at 10:30am at the funeral home followed by procession to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake for the funeral Mass at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s name may be made to Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County,

Arrangements were entrusted to Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Barrington. For information, please call the funeral home at 847-381-3411 or visit where friends may leave an online condolence message for the family.

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