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John Radtke, 1938- 2023
Sailor, Instructor, Volunteer
March 16, 2023

Obituary submitted by friends on behalf of the family.

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ur community has lost a fine man who helped others in many ways after retiring here over 20 years ago.  John Radtke was a member of the Florence-Whortonsville Volunteer Fire Department for more than 16 years. He retired as a Captain. 

He served as a Certified Firefighter, an EMT-I, a North Carolina State Firefighting Instructor, and as the Department’s Driver Training Coordinator.  John was a member of the Pamlico Rescue Squad for many years. 

He was an avid sailor and knew the waters of the Bay River well.  He was active with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and for a time worked with the Auxiliary teaching vessel safety programs to young sailors.

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John passed away on March 13, 2023 at age 84, following his beloved wife Travia of 62 years, who passed in August 2022.

John’s children, Travia and son-in law Joe Cyr, Sandra Rodaligo, and John Radtke Jr. will receive visitors at a viewing at the Daniel-Sadler Funeral Home in Alliance on Friday, March 17 from 5 to 8p. They would love to hear how John made a difference in your life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florence-Whortonsville Volunteer Fire Department, 5208 Florence Rd., Merritt, NC 28556.

View the Daniel-Sadler Funeral Home obituary here.

Posted Thursday March 16, 2023 by Allison DeWeese

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