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Anthony "Tony" J. Radka

November 16, 1959 June 1, 2012
Anthony "Tony" J. Radka
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Obituary for Anthony "Tony" J. Radka

Anthony “Tony” Joseph Radka, resident of Ponca City, Oklahoma, passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at Ponca City Medical Center. He was 52.

A memorial rosary service was held on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel in Ponca City. A Mass was also held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Kevin Ratterman officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Crematory.

An additional memorial service will be held by his parents and siblings at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, St. Michael's Chapel, in W. De Pere, WI on Friday, June 29 - Greeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass at 10:30 a.m. with Father Tim Shillcox officiating.

Tony was born on Nov. 16, 1959, to Robert and Joyce (Wierer) Radka in Messina, N.Y. He was raised in Green Bay, Wis. He attended and graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1978 and then graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984. As a member of FarmHouse fraternity while at OSU, he participated heavily in student government and leadership activities. He married Mary Myles Detten on March 10, 1984, in Ponca City. Together they have five children.

Employed by American Airlines in various positions for 22 years, the Radka family has lived in several states, providing a world of adventure and many lifelong friends.

Tony was a very creative individual with great vision. Utilizing his creative spirit and inventive talent, Tony opened the Ponca Townsite Co. restaurant in Ponca City in 2005.

Tony used his own skill as a carpenter, chef, events coordinator, marketing director and promoter to create a wonderful community gathering place where all could socialize, entertain and eat great homemade food. The Townsite was known for its unique atmosphere and its charismatic host.

Tony was also the chief chef at most all of his extended family’s functions and holidays over the past 30 years, providing delicious food. He was joyful, humorous and clever, often providing entertainment too, at these family gatherings. Always a favorite uncle, Tony could make a niece or nephew laugh in an instant.

A faithful Christian, Tony attended St. Mary’s Church with his family where he participated in a variety of activities as Boy Scout leader, religious education teacher, RCIA Catholic instructional mentor and the men’s organization, the Knights of Columbus. Through the church he was honored as a 3rd and 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He also loved to attend daily Mass when possible. A very compassionate person, Tony would be the first to forgive, give those in need a second chance, and lend a friendly smile to all. He accepted and loved people from all walks of life.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Myles Radka, of the home; four daughters, Kristen Radka and fiance' Jacob Combo of Coppell, Texas; Katharine Love and husband Derek of Ponca City; Kylie and Karoline Radka both of Ponca City; one son, Austin Radka of Ponca City; his siblings, Pam Oller, Michael Radka, Bob Radka, Rhonda Trammell and Ramona Morrow, and his parents. He is also survived by Mary Catharine and Richard Detten, parents of Mary Myles Radka and her siblings, Mark and Jayne Detten, Kabeth and Kendall Roggow, Brenda Bramlett, and Carol and Dale Goodwin.

Tony was a beloved husband, father, son, uncle and friend — a person one will never forget. One of his favorite quotes was “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we then are never, ever the same.” Tony left his footprints on many, many hearts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the children’s educational fund at Eastman National Bank of Ponca City, Attention: Mark Detten, P.O. Box 190, Ponca City, OK 74602


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