Robert E. “Pops” Raddatz

Robert E. “Pops” Raddatz

Robert E. “Pops” Raddatz, 83, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in his home.

Mr. Raddatz was born Aug. 15, 1936, in Belvidere, Ill., to William  and Amanda  Ettner Raddatz. He was married to Kathy Sue Workens-Kelley on Feb. 28, 1992, in Long Beach, Calif. She survives.

Other survivors include his children, Karen Kelley-Young,  Wisconsin; Jacquiline Kelley Lopez (Hector Javier Saucedo Lopez), Urbana, Ill.; and Jamie-Lee Kelley-LeRoy, Illinois;  and four grandchildren, Amanda Kelley, Ashley Baker, Adam Young and Stephanie McGrew,

Pops was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one sister; and one son, Mitch Raddatz.

Professionally Pops was a machine operator and retired from I.T.B. in Long Beach, in 1991. After his retirement he worked as a park ranger at Moraine View State Park in Illinois. 

He served in the United States Army.

He had a love of traveling, woodworking and trains and enjoyed building elaborate train sets with scenes, the largest of which was as big as a two car garage.

The family is being served by Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. There will be no services at this time.

Memorials to be donor’s choice.

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