Donald James “Don” Radike

Donald James “Don” Radike

Birth
Death 28 Jul 2008 (aged 70)
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot A-10 B 9
Memorial ID 28784249 · View Source
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LTCOL, US AIR FORCE
VIETNAM

On July 28, 2008, Donald James Radike, Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force retired, went to be with the Lord quietly at home after a courageous battle with frontal temporal dementia.
Don leaves behind his loving and faithful wife of 47 years, Lydia; two sons, Capt. Jim Radike, U.S. Navy, and wife Susan of Pensacola, Fla., and Ed Radike and wife Laura of Lewisville, Texas; brothers, David Radike and wife Ginny of Houston, and Mark Sines and wife Karen of Grand Blanc, Mich.; and five grandchildren whom he adored, Nick, Katy, Madie, Allison and Mindy Radike.

Don was born in Port Huron, Mich., to Clyde Norwood and Minnie Marcella Sines on July 2, 1938, and dedicated his life to the service of his country, spending 28 years as a navigator/electronic warfare officer, much of it in MC-130 Combat Talon aircraft. A true hero, he was twice awarded the Dis-tinguished Flying Cross and as many Air Medals. Many people are alive today because of the heroic actions of Don and his fellow Air Commandos. Don had the good fortune of traveling to over 50 countries throughout his 28 years in the Air Force.

Ever a competitor, Don loved a good card game, was a lifelong bowler, tennis, racquetball, handball player; you name it, Don was good at it. His real passion, however, was golf, where he loved the rules and was a single-digit handicap golfer much of his adult life.

Services will be held at 1400 hours Thursday, July 31, with the family receiving friends one hour prior at Cinco Baptist Church and graveside at 1100 hours Friday, Aug. 1, at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Hospice, Cinco Baptist Church, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.


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  • Created by: C
  • Added: 4 Aug 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 28784249
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald James “Don” Radike (2 Jul 1938–28 Jul 2008), Find a Grave Memorial no. 28784249, citing Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by C (contributor 46588217) .