Russell Bradke, 89, of Hopkinton, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a brief illness.
Private family services will be Monday Aug. 22, with interment in Hopkinton Cemetery. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, is in charge of the arrangements.
Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Virginia; two sons, Craig (Michele), Coggon, and Mark (Lisbeth), Kalona; four grandchildren, Megan (Tim) Mildenberg, Kipp Bradke, MacKenzie (Mike) Lester and Alison Holroyd; and a great-grandson, Aidan.
Russell Bernard Bradke was born Feb. 4, 1927, on the family farm in Union Township, Delaware County, Iowa, the son of Robert and Carrie Grapes Bradke. Russell graduated from Delhi High School in 1945. He then started farming on the family farm. In high school, Russell started contour farming as an FFA project, and those original contours strips are still in place today on his farm. Russell had received several soil conservation awards while farming as well. The couple retired from active farming in 1998 and moved from their Century plus farm to a home in Hopkinton.
Russell was a member of Delaware County Pork Producers. He also served on the Maquoketa Valley school board for 12 years and was a founding board member of the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He also was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hopkinton.
Posted on Sunday, 21 August 2016