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Joseph Frederick Radeker passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017 after a two year illness. Joseph was born August 7, 1941 to William and Margaret Radeker of Muskogee. He started his education at Sacred Heart School, then attended Alice Robertson Junior High School and Central High School. After high school, Joe entered the Army and served three years. Afterwards, he attended Northeastern State University. He re-entered the Army by completing one year of OCS. At the end of Captain Radekers Army career, his last duty was being the Commander of the 827th Supply Company. He was successful in several self-employed endeavors, including being the P.R. spokesperson for some of the original seven astronauts. Joseph also spent time in Dallas where he was a federal auctioneer.
He had a passion for helping people. He created events to raise money including bringing Apollo Astronaut Scott Carpenter to a Civic Center event to benefit the Muskogee Roughers Quarterback Club and the Muskogee School for the Blind. Later, he facilitated bringing Astronaut Jack Harrison to an event to benefit the Murrow Indian Children's Home. Also, he brought about other events benefiting the Salvation Army and Good Shepherd Clinic.
The last 13 years of Joe's working career, he enjoyed being an over the road truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his father William, mother Margaret, and brother William.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Mary Margaret Moore (Jerry) Warner; son, Joseph Radeker (Claudia) California; son, Lewis Radeker (Cheri) Colorado; son, Robert Gilmore (Kristine) Illinois; son, Matthew Gilmore, Texas; son, Christopher Gilmore, Oklahoma; and son, Adam Gilmore (Yasmin) Texas; grandchildren, Alessia, Rene, Chris, Brianna, Joe Joe, Sofia, Heather, Arial and Mackenzie; and great-granddaughters, Penny, Lily, and Olivia.
Funeral Mass for Joseph will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Richard F. Cristler officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.foster-petering.com.
Published on December 19, 2017
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