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John Radabaugh

John R. Radabaugh, age 71, of Willmar, died following a massive stroke on Wednesday, January 8, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Military honors will be provided by the Willmar VFW and American Legion Posts.  Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to www.nationalmssociety.org are preferred.

John Roger Radabaugh was born on April 2, 1948, in Willmar, Minnesota, the oldest of eight children of Roger and Alice (Botnen) Radabaugh.  He grew up in Willmar, graduated from Willmar High School in 1966 and attended the Willmar Community College.  In 1969, John was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in West Berlin Germany.  On May 2 1970, John was united in marriage to Patricia Jean Norman.  Following his honorable discharge in 1971, he attended St. Cloud State College and earned a BS degree in finance and business management.  They lived in the Willmar community and John worked as an accountant and business manager for Pulsifer Construction.  He was later employed as a real estate agent for Edina Realty.  John served as a Boy Scout leader and was a past commander of the Willmar VFW Post #1639 and a member of the Willmar American Legion Post #167, the Elks Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Church of St. Mary.  He enjoyed sports and was a die-hard fan of the Vikings and Johnnies.  He played city and church league softball and broomball.  He also enjoyed coaching and watching his children in their sporting activities.  In 2002, he was diagnosed with having MS and retired.  It was during his retirement that John learned to golf and enjoyed exercising at the YMCA.  He will be sadly missed by his Valley Golf crew and the Shamblers.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Willmar; three children, Patrick (and Cristy) Radabaugh of Denver, CO., David (and Maggie) Radabaugh of St. Paul and Annie (and Matt) Darling of Sartell; and seven grandchildren (soon to be eight).  Also surviving are many of his siblings, Jim (and Linda) Radabaugh of New London, Mark (and Leslie) Radabaugh of Willmar, Kathy (and Steve) Strom of Willmar, David (and Betty) Radabaugh of Willmar, Charlie (and Kim) Radabaugh of Kent, WA., Carol (and Roger) Tatge of Willmar and Robbie (and Jerry) Bulthuis of Willmar, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Pelkey.

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Mary Louise Wallin Jan 11 2020 12:00 AM

In 1973 I met John at a meeting to organize a slow pitch softball team called the Willmar Merchants. This started a friendship that lasted till his passing last Wednesday. John and I were like two peas in pod back then. Joyce and I also enjoyed time spent with John and Pat as good friends. I was also became Annie Godfather. John and I played softball, basketball, volleyball, flag football, racquetball, and bowling. This lasted almost 20 years when I then retired from all those sports but John I know continued. He was quite the athlete more then I was. We grew apart somewhat for some years but always continue in our friendship. When John started golfing I joined him a few times. I developed a traveling golf group and a few years ago ask John to join us. He was accepted in to group very easily even with his health problems he was hard to beat on the links. My group became the Schamblers and nicknames were given. Johns was Clutch, because he always came through when needed. Our whole group is sadden by the lost our, as we called him our hero!!! This was because of his guts to keep up golfing. He will be missed in life and on the links next summer. RIP Little John/Clutch From your Bud Rolf/Sonny/Slippery that last nickname I have now with the Schamblers. Dont ask.

Rolf Standfuss Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

Annie, Patty, and family,So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed chatting with John at Johnnie games. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

The Bielat Family Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace now John, VFW vet.

Philip larpenteur Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy!Your 5th Grade Family

Your 5th Grade Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Curt and Theresa Enstad

Curt and Theresa Enstad Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

The Radabaugh Family,We're Thinking of You at this Time and Wishing you Comfort and Peace.Sending Blessings and Prayers to All of Your Family.Caron and Karl Milkey

Caron and Karl Milkey Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

May you find some peace in the happy memories. We are thinking of you! Please reach out if you need anything.Live and Kindness- The Heiland, Zelen, Rubischko, Long, Hoover, Bonnett and Walsh Families

Live and Kindness- The Heiland, Zelen, Rubischko, Long, Hoover, Bonnett and Walsh Families Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Were thinking of you aunt Patty, Annie, David and Patrick. So sorry for your loss. Love you.Jamie & Shannon and the boys and Denise, Chad and Jordan

Jamie & Shannon and the boys and Denise, Chad and Jordan Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dave and family,We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending all our love!-Jalyn, Laura and Emi

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