MILBERGER — Alane L. Radke, 69, died July 14, 2016, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born March 17, 1947, the daughter of Alex and Lucille (Stoppel) Steponick. Alane graduated from Russell High School in 1965 and then attended Fort Hays State College. She then worked for Home State Bank in Russell.
On Sept. 14, 1968, she married Harlan Radke at the St. John Lutheran Church in Russell. Harlan and Alane then moved to Lampasas, Texas, while he was stationed at Ft. Hood. They returned to Milberger in 1969, where they have lived ever since.
Alane worked with Harlan at Radke Implement as the secretary, but was also well known as an accomplished seamstress and made many wedding dresses, prom dresses, and most recently a Cinderella dress for the Russell High School Cinderella Musical.
Alane was a member of United Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in Milberger, where she served as treasurer of the UELC Women’s Group, and was a member of the church council. She was also very active in 4-H, involved as a child, and later serving as a leader and most recently on the Board of Directors for the Midway District Extension. She was the president for the Prairie Mates F.C.E. and a member of the Senior Center and Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging boards. Alane was also a member of the Xi Epsilon Sigma Sorority, Russell, Kansas.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Harlan Radke; and their three children, Marsha Brown of Russell, Martin Radke and wife Linnea of Milberger, and Marlana Radke of Hays; brother, Alfred Steponick and wife Sharon of Salina; two sisters, Cleo Mounday and husband Don of Valley Center, and Marilyn Weidner and husband Steve of Pueblo, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Candice Williams, Rachelle Erickson, Bobbi Jo and Beau Radke, Cheyenne Brown, Andrew Lang, and Elizabeth Radke.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Lucille Steponick.
A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 18, at United Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Milberger, with Pastor Nancy Mitchell presiding. Burial will follow in Milberger Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Russell Senior Center, Russell Midway 4-H District, Prairie Mates F.C.E. or United Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
415 N. Main; P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 17, 2016