Kelly F. Radue of Miles City passed away in Billings, MT on June 22, 2018, he was 77. Kelly
was born on July 25,1940 to Frederick and Doris Radue in Green Bay, WI. He was raised in Green Bay and was the eldest of three children.
After graduation from the University of WI with a BS in Political Science, he met and married Cynthia Hersum in 1966 in Madison, WI. He began a career with the Social Security Administration as a Field Representative in the Green Bay area. His career of 25 years took him from Indiana, to Appleton, WI, to Billings, MT, and lastly Miles City, MT. He continued to work in the Miles City office and southeastern region of MT until his retirement in 1991. Upon retirement, Kelly and Cindy purchased a small ranch on the Tongue River. Kelly spent the remainder of his days enjoying the ranch, his favorite place. He also loved spending the summers at their cabin on Lake Superior. He especially enjoyed visiting friends and family at both locations.
While living in Kinsey and on the Tongue River, Kelly enjoyed animals and the outdoors. He became involved with the Tongue River Pheasants Forever chapter and Northern Plains Resource Council advocating for conservation. Kelly was involved in Kiwanis when his children were young and assisted with 4-H activities for years. He was a lifetime-member of the NRA and was involved with the Rod and Gun Club.
Kelly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially with good food. He loved cooking, gunsmithing, target shooting, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and spending summers in MI. He was an avid reader and loved history. He was a self-taught guitarist who could play by ear. Kelly and Cindy had golden retrievers, raising and training them for hunting for a time. He enjoyed bird hunting as well as just sharing his time with his dogs. He will be greatly missed by his dog Yogi. He and Cindy traveled seeing Alaska, the islands of England, Ireland, and Scotland, and the polar bears in Churchill, MB. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badgers fan. He was a positive influence, loved everyone and thought the best of others, was always willing to assist those in need of help or advice, was considerate and respectful, and loved to laugh. His family adored him and would call him, “Dad,” “Big Kel” as he was a “gentle giant,” or “Q tip” as he had fluffy white hair.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Sheila Radue. Kelly is survived by his wife Cindy of 52 years, his children Mark (Misty) Radue, Michelle Radue, Andrea (Scott) Johnson, and Felicia (Pete) Todoroff, twenty-one grandchildren, his sister Kathie VanDonsel and brother Steve Radue, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration Of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Tongue River Winery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends or family desire, memorials may be made to the Tongue River Pheasants Forever, 404 Park Street, Miles City, MT 59301.
Now, who wants pie?