Posted: Wed 2:42 PM, Sep 05, 2012
Funeral Home: Helke
Willard Radant, 93, of Wausau passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Azura Memory Care, Wausau.
He was born February 18, 1919 in the town of Stettin to the late Hubert and Clara (Zunker) Radant. On December 22, 1945 Willard married Irene Tessmer at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and together they were proud parents of four children. Irene passed away in February 1993.
For over 40 years, Willard was a crane operator and a proud member of Local 139B Operating Engineers Union of which he was a member for over 55 years. He will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. Willard was happiest when he could share a laugh with someone or could make someone laugh. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will fondly remember his retelling of many stories of his earlier years. He was always there for his family to lend a hand in any way.
Willard is survived by his children, Sharon (Bill) Rauen of Hamburg, Joan (Don) Drier of Rib Mountain, Clyde (Rose) Radant of Kronenwetter, Kari (Jody) Arlen of Rib Mountain, 6 grandchildren, Jon (Margie) Rauen, Jennifer (Bill) Coker,Megan (Brandon) Price, Shana (Brent Duffy) Radant, Chelse (Michael) Wodalski, and Fletcher Arlen, eight great grandchildren, Shane, Seth, Sophia and Sydney Coker, Kyle and Jordan Rauen, and Audrey and Brinley Price, special friend, LaVila Luedtke of Edgar, four brothers, Elgart (Cora) Radant of Wausau, Delmer Radant of DePere, Don (Janice) Radant of Wausau, Ed (Bonnie) Radant of Eau Claire, one sister, Eldora Marquardt of Oconto and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Tessmer of Green Bay.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2012 at Restlawn Memorial Park Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Terry Reich of Zion Lutheran Church, Marathon where Willard was a member. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation will be Friday at the chapel from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.
The family would like to thank Azura Memory Care, Wellington Place, Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services and the many caring individuals who in their own way helped make this time easier.