Henry William Radde, Sr.
June 27, 1937-March 26, 2023
Memorials: The memory of Henry Radde may be honored by a contribution to the choir fund or the permanent endowment fund at First United Methodist Church PO Box 1461
Hurst, Texas 76053; Southwestern University endowment fund 1001 East University
Avenue Georgetown, Texas 78626; Mission Central 740 East Pipeline Road Hurst, Texas
76053; Texas Junior Polled Hereford Association State Show 305 Netty L Lane
Burleson, Texas 76028.
Henry William Radde, Sr., son of Sam and Doris Radde, was born in Big Spring, Texas on June 27, 1937. As an infant the family moved to Whitney, Texas, and then when Henry was in the 3rd grade the family moved to Meridian, Texas. Henry played football and ran track while in high school. He graduated from Meridian High School in
1955. Henry attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and Blue Key. He was called to ministry while at Southwestern. After graduating from Southwestern in 1959, he entered Perkins School of Theology at SMU where he earned a master's degree in theology.
Henry served as an ordained elder in the Central Texas Conference his entire ministry. His first appointment in seminary was at Oglesby United Methodist Church. In 1961 as the Assistance Camp Director for Glen Lake Methodist Camp, Henry met his love, Susan McCarty who was also a counselor. After his ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church, Henry served as Conference Youth Director. Following that appointment, he served as senior minister in the following churches: Bartlett and Granger, Diamond Hill and Calvary, First United Methodist Church of Mexia, Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, and First United Methodist Church of Hurst.
Following this appointment, Henry served as District Superintendent of the Waco District, then as Director of the Board of Ordained Ministry. Henry also served at the representative of the Texas Methodist Foundation to the Central Texas Conference and was elected as a representative to Jurisdictional Conference and General Conference several times. During his ministry Henry served on several boards including the Board of Ordained Ministry, Texas Methodist Foundation and the Board of the Methodist Home in Waco. After his retirement, Henry served at Edge Park United Methodist Church in Ft.
Worth as the pastor for older adults. While at Diamond Hill and Calvary, Henry helped organize the Northside Interchurch Agency, and while at Hurst he oversaw the building of the current sanctuary. Henry's claim to fame was his puppet Squeaky which he used in his children's sermons.
Henry loved to hunt and fish as well as take camping trips with his family, spending time on the Radde Ranch where he grew up, and especially loved activities that involved being with his grandchildren.
Held in loving memory by his wife of 60 years Susan Radde, sons Bill Radde and wife Angela, Eric Radde and fiancé Jessica Woodall, grandson Sam Radde, brother Kenneth Radde and wife Kathy, sister-in-law, Ann Radde, former daughter-in-law, Laura Radde, numerous nieces and nephews. Henry was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Leonard Radde, sister, Alice Redland, beloved granddaughter, Ashley Radde and niece Anna Radde.