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John S. Radabaugh


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John S. Radabaugh Obituary
John S. Radabaugh, of Reading, Michigan passed away at 94 years of age on May 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, June E. (Hicks) Radabaugh.
He is survived by his children James M. (Barbara) Radabaugh, Jan K. (Paul) Hedgcock and John Jay (Paula) Radabaugh, his grandchildren, Joshua J. (Renee) Radabaugh, Jordan C. (Margaret) Radabaugh, Alison K. Hedgcock, Andrew J. Hedgcock, James Ryan (Teila) Radabaugh, Kara M. Radabaugh (fiancé Tyler Simms) and Jayson M. Radabaugh, and his great grandchildren Savannah Grace Radabaugh, Addisyn June Radabaugh, Lucas John Radabaugh and Ava Christiana Radabaugh.
He was the steadfast brother to the late Paul (Mary) Radabaugh, his late sisters, Delia Lue (Bennie) Donnelly, Meredyth (Silas) Foltz and half-sister Pamela Radabaugh, and to his surviving sisters, Marjorie (Dominic) Mauriello, Virginia (Arthur) Hayden, Dorothy (Claude)White, Lawanda Croll and his half-sister Nancy Wilson.
John was raised in Leipsic, Ohio and even though he lived more than sixty (60) years in Michigan, he remained a life-long Buckeye. John, and his wife June, a University of Michigan alum, were known to raise OSU and UM flags side-by-side on their front porch on a certain Saturday in November.
John served his country as a member of the US Army's 254 Field Artillery Battalion which fought in the European Theatre during World War II. John and his unit participated in the clearing of the Cherbourg peninsula, the supplying of crucial gasoline to the US forces at Le Harve as a part of the "Red Ball Express", the Battle of Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine River on a pontoon bridge at Remagen, Germany.
General Hodges once remarked that "the 254 was the best artillery unit in this man's army."
John was a machinist and foreman for Hillsdale Tool Manufacturing Company for 35 years. John and June owned and operated the J&J Dairy Freeze in Reading, Michigan from 1961-1965. John was a member of the Reading Chamber of Commerce, the Reading City Council, the Reading Tax Increment Finance Administration and the Reading United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be at the Eagle Funeral Home - George White Chapel, 403 S. Main Street, Reading, Michigan 49274, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday. He will lie in state at the Reading United Methodist Church, 312 E. Michigan Street, Reading, Michigan 49274 from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, after which a funeral service will be conducted. A private interment will be held at a later time.
Memorials in his name may be sent to: The John and June Hicks Radabaugh Scholarship, c/o Adrian College, 110 S. Madison Street, Adrian, Michigan 49221 or to June's Place, c/o Reading United Methodist Church, 312 E. Michigan Street, Reading, Michigan 49274.
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Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on May 5, 2017
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