Gerald Dwain Radtke

Gerald Dwain Radtke, age 70, of Oak Harbor, passed away at home on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Radtke was born in Seattle on June 10, 1948, to August Radtke and Myrtle (Schmidt) Radtke. He attended Seattle schools, graduating from Rainier Beach High School in 1966. After various jobs, Jerry began working for Seattle City Light in 1972. He started as a lineman, and worked his way up to high voltage electrician, retiring after 40 years of service. Jerry married Cindy Elaine Shipley on Jan. 23, 1982, at Overlake Christian Church. The couple resided in the greater Eastside area for seven years, after which they moved to Newhalem and Diablo, where they resided from 1990 to 2012. In 2013 they moved to Oak Harbor.

Jerry was a model train enthusiast, and was a collector of firearms. He loved fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Burlington.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Cindy, at home in Oak Harbor; son Eric R. Radtke and daughter Bethanna (Izzy) Radtke and fiancée Tony Haugen, all of Oak Harbor; grandson, Joshua Radtke-Haugen; one brother, Kenneth Radtke (Chris) of Kingman, Kan.; also numerous other relatives.

An open house will be held in his memory at the family home at a later date. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.