Joe Rademaker

Died: Tue., Apr. 20, 2021

No services to be held

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Joseph “Joe” Rademaker, 77, Mankato, died Tuesday, April 20, 2021 unexpectedly at his home.  There will be no services.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  To remember Joe please think of the last time you spoke with him.  Memorials for Joe may be sent to Woodland Hills Funeral Home, 1605 Woodland Ave, Mankato MN 56001 in care of Joe Rademaker.  Online condolences may be left at

Joe was born October 4, 1943 at home in Guckeen, MN to Henry and Anne (Salic) Rademaker and was 7th of 16 children.  He was united in marriage to Sandra Spear in Sherburn.  Joe served in the United States Navy from September of ’61 – August ’64.  He worked as a Plumber and Steam Fitter for 50 years.  In his free time he enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, fishing, gambling, coaching Golden Gloves, and in his younger years softball and bowling.  He had many dogs and cats over the years and was a “true dog whisperer”. His dog Rose was his best friend the last 9 years.  Joe was a member of the American Legion, the Eagles Club, DAV, and the Local 34 Plumbers Union and the 455 Steam Fitters Union.  

He is survived by his wife Sandra of Mankato; son, Joseph P. (Lyn) of Mankato; daughter, Kim of Mankato; grandchildren, Brad (Ashley) , Dan (Amanda) , Abby, and Nigel; step grandson Jake (Emily); sisters, Pat, Joyce, Sharon, and Kate; and over 50 nieces and nephews.  

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Delores, Helen, Jim, Bob, Bill, Mary, Richard, David, Tom, Shirley, and Dennis.

Joe has had a long medical history dating back to a welding accident in 1971 that left 80% of his body burned.  In 1993 Joe survived prostate cancer which required surgery.  Then in 1999 Joe had kidney cancer which left him with only one kidney.  In 2017 he had an accident that lacerated his remaining kidney which lead to advancing kidney failure and dialysis.  In 2020 he then had lung cancer that required radiation therapy which left him weakened.  Congestive heart failure was the last illness that he couldn’t overcome no matter how strong his will was.  

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Tacie Schwartz
   Posted Thu April 22, 2021
Thinking of you Kim, Joe, and Sandy. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Tacie Schwartz

Jack Considine
   Posted Thu April 22, 2021
Sandy, I am sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed talking to Joe, he had a dry sense of humor.

   Posted Thu April 22, 2021
We will miss you Uncle Joe.

Ryan, Kelli, Erik, Collin And Ella Jensen

Bob and Sue Freeberg
   Posted Thu April 22, 2021
Dear Sandy, Joe and Kim,
Such a shock to hear of Joe's passing. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers for peace and God's help in acceptance of His plan for Joe.
Bob will certainly miss his time spent hunting with Joe over the years....
Gone but never forgotten.
Bob and Sue Freeberg

Jay Haugesag
   Posted Thu April 22, 2021
I will miss early morning coffee with Joe, as well as sharing Navy sea stories. He was a good man with a great sense of humor. I feel for his family. He will be truely missed.

Chuck&Beth Otto
   Posted Sat April 24, 2021
So sorry to hear about Joe.We will miss his visits.Sandy please take care of yourself and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck&Beth Otto

Ginny Kampert Wallace
   Posted Sun April 25, 2021
So sorry, Sandy and family. Joe was one of my best buddies from high school. I’ll miss the phone calls when he needed someone’s address or phone number... and countless moments of good natured teasing, and words of comfort when my parents and husband passed away.. Joe was ALWAYS there. He loved his hunting and fishing AND HIS WIFE!!! I’m glad to have been fortunate to have y’all share your husband, father, grandfather with me.

Marsha Williams
   Posted Mon April 26, 2021
I am so sorry for the loss of Joe. I went to school with him90 and considered him my friend.

Cindy Chadwick
   Posted Tue April 27, 2021
Am so sorry to learn about Joe’s passing. He was such a wonderful neighbor and it was so nice to have someone close who help with issues that came up that one could not deal with alone. He always had a smile and that was wonderful to see. He loved to visit Maggie and I know she always looked for him, one of the few guys that could visit with her. He will always be on my mind. Such a great friend.

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