Phyllis Radke


Phyllis RadkePhyllis Radke age 61 of Tracy passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home.  Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday January 29 at the funeral home with a 4:00 p.m. Rosary and 6:30 p.m. prayer service.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Monday.  Interment will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Balaton at a later date.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Phyllis Marie (Gorres) Radke was born March 25, 1955 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Victor and Ann Mary (Schueller) Gorres.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda.  Phyllis attended elementary school at St. Mathias Catholic School in Wanda and high school at Wabasso Public.  After graduation, she worked as a waitress and receptionist/secretary at Tri-County Co-op in Tracy.  Phyllis also worked as a waitress and bartender at the Tracy American Legion and Tracy Municipal Liquor Store.  Most recently, she worked at Wheels Across the Prairie Museum, which she greatly enjoyed.  On September 27, 1975, Phyllis married Brian Rue in Wanda.  Brian passed away in 1980.  Phyllis then married Ronald Radke on August 22, 1981.  Phyllis loved playing softball, going shopping, and dogs.  She enjoyed her late night walks, doing puzzles, and reading.  Her children and grandchildren were her number one joy.

Phyllis is survived by her children: Dustin (Pam) Rue of Melrose, MN, Devon (Jason) Swanson of Walnut Grove, and Derek (Tory) Radke of Currie; grandchildren Logan and Molly Rue, and Nolan and Neveya Swanson; sister Bernice Marti; brother Steve (Joyce) Gorres of Redwood Falls; and many other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, infant brother David, and husbands Brian Rue and Ron Radke.


  1. Debbie Shamatt says:

    So very sorry about Phyllis.I didn’t know her very long,but long enough to find out what a sweet lady she was.May she RIP

  2. LeAnn & Lowell Peterson says:

    Steve and family, please accept our sympathy on the loss of your sister Phyllis.

  3. Rose & Bucky Schulte says:

    So sorry to hear of the recent passing of your mom. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all

  4. deb saxton says:

    Devon, Derek, Dustin & rest of Phyllis’s family: I am so sorry for your loss. may all your great memories of Phyllis help in the days to come. Always enjoyed visiting with Phyllis. She truly loved her family..
    Love Deb Saxton

  5. Anita Weber says:

    My deepest sympathy to her family. She was such a wonderful, friendly & funny woman.

  6. Don Rademacher TWSL Family says:

    Devon, Jason and Family,

    We are praying for you all that you find peace with the loss of your mom. Our deepest Sympathy,

  7. Cathy Hutchins says:

    So sorry to hear of her passing always had fun in the liquor store with her. She will be missed. R.I.P. God bless to the family.

  8. Tom & Nancy Dobson says:

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. We enjoyed being neighbors and chatting with Phyllis in our shared yards. She had such a warm smile and got a kick seeing Bisquit learning new tricks. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Juliann Jenniges says:

    Steve, Joyce and Family.

    So sorry to hear about Phyllis. We always had fun playing softball together in Wanda way back when. Will be thinking of you all

  10. Gordon L. von AHSEN says:

    Sad to see this. I worked at Tri County Coop with Phyllis, and remember her as a happy and wonderful co-worker.
    Gordon & Kathy von Ahsen, Harlan, Iowa

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