James “Jim” Radke – Mitchell Republic

James “Jim” Radke, 85, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, May 3, 2024 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in the Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the church with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A livestream of Jim’s funeral Mass can be viewed at:

James Leo Radke was born on August 4, 1938 on the family farm near Parkston, SD, to Kenneth and Josephine Neubel Radke. He attended school in Parkston and joined the U.S. Navy in February 1958. Jim married his high school sweetheart Grace Wermers on December 27, 1960 in Dimock. Their courtship began with attending Dimock dances and going to Milltown on Sunday afternoons. They loved to travel to different states and countries.

Jim started farming with his father and brother until he moved into construction and founded J&B Construction, and soon after, Radke Construction. He liked to build something and showed his work. Jim kept working until the end. He was an avid outdoorsman, gardener and hunter. He found great joy and pride in his children and grandchildren and the family gatherings.

Jim was a founding member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where he was a 4th degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was a long-time supporter of LifeQuest, the Abbott House, John Paul II School and was a member of Elk.

Jim is survived by his daughters: Nancy (Loren) Adema of Sioux Falls, Lisa (Scott) Mehlhaff of Sioux Falls and Kathy (Jim) Massa of Winner, 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, brothers: Paul Radke, Denny (Mary Jo) Radke, sister, Kay (Barra) Birrcher and special niece, Jean Nelson.

He was preceded in death by his wife Grace, sister Dorene and sister-in-law Linda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to John Paul II Elementary School, LifeQuest, Abbott House or the VFW.