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Gary Robert Radtke

08/25/1946 - 10/30/2018
Service Date: 11/03/2018
Service Time: 3pm
Service Location: Bunker Family Funeral, Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201

Gary Robert Radtke was born August 25th, 1946. He is the beloved husband of Karen, father of Kristen, Sarah, and James, and the grandfather of four. Gary passed away Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 after a valiant battle against cancer.

He was an advertising art director, designer, illustrator, jack-of-all artistic trades, practitioner of the martial arts, and a collector of everything, especially digital media. Gary was a quiet man with a kind heart, positive attitude, and a plethora of interests. He possessed a dry, quick sense of humor that could make you snort milk from your nose. He was a spiritual man, reiki master, and a believer in the goodness of the universe.

A Visitation will be held from 12-3 pm with a service at 3:00 pm, Saturday, November 3rd at Bunker Family Funeral, Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201.

Gary was loved by many, and will be missed by all. Until we meet again.


  • A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

  • I will miss you Uncle Gary, my Godfather. May you rest in paradise. 🙏🏼💞

  • Genevieve Minor

    I love you Uncle Gary! The world is a better place because of your kindness and positivity. We may have lost you, but your energy and impact will live on.

  • My deepest condolences to Gary’s family and friends. Gary was an unflappable, gentle giant, and his bright light and positive energy will surely be missed by all who knew him. At a time when our world is in desperate need of more kindness, let’s all commit to honoring Gary’s legacy by ensuring his absolute kindness lives on in each of us.

  • “To the family of Mr. Radtke offer my sympathy, losing someone near and dear to us seems impossible to bear. At times such as you are now facing, our Father in Heaven sustains us through His Holy Word, reminding us we are not without hope. He vows to soon bring an end to sickness, sadness, and tears of pain, so may God’s promises be of comfort to you all, He is greater than our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14, John 5:28,29, Revelation 21:4,

  • Patricia Waskowiak

    Thinking of you and your family and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember all the wonderful times you all shared. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.

  • My heart goes out to Karen and the entire Radtke Family. Gary will be greatly missed. He was a beautiful person in every way and a very talented Artist. I always enjoyed very interesting conversations with him. Karen, you and Dee will always be my”Normandy Sisters”. It was an honor to be the flower girl the day you and Gary were wed!!!

  • Marlene Neil Grattan

    I remember Gary from many years ago. He was a really good friend of my brother, Tom, who was killed in Viet Nam in 1968. So very sorry for the family that you lost such a good man. May Gary rest in peace.

  • Condolences to your entire family. May the joyous memories of him give you comfort and peace.

  • Ron & Jan Walters

    Karen Jan & I send our love to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Gary was a good friend and your obituary was well spoken and everything that I knew about Gary. Gary was a good man. God Bless and all the best. Ron&Jan Walters

  • Our condolences to Karen and the entire Radtke family for the loss of Gary. We could not have been blessed more to have Gary as our neighbor. Gary was a wealth of knowledge and we will miss the wonderful conversations we shared as neighbors. God Bless you Gary, may you rest in peace.

  • May God’s promise at John 5:28,29 of a future resurrection bring you comfort. Until that time comes, he assures us at Psalm 34:18 that he “is close to the brokenhearted” and “saves those who are crushed in spirit.” So he understands your pain and grief and is eager to help you by giving you the strength you need to cope during this most difficult time. (Philippians 4:13)

  • Karen and family, We’re with you in thought. Gary had a big influence on my early career for which I’m forever grateful. But the greatest gift he shared was his friendship and that wry chuckle I can hear as I write this. Ke Akua ho’maikai. Sending our grateful Aloha from San Diego. Mark

  • I met Gary through my Dad when they worked at Action Performance and then again at HMI/AIR Marketing. Gary was seriously one of the best bosses I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I remember asking him, “Gary, why don’t you ever get mad when it’s so stressful?” He said “I practice Reiki.” It took awhile for me to completely understand what Reiki was, but thanks to Gary and his example, I use it everyday. I went on to get my Reiki Masters. Gary was always so patient and so kind and I really look up to him. May his spirit and kindness be remembered by us all. I will miss you Gary. Thank you for teaching me so much. Namaste!

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