Steve C. Raatikka, 56, Sartell
May 25, 1965 – September 17, 2021
Steven C. Raatikka passed away after a heroic 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer on September 17, 2021, at the age of 56.
Steve was born on May 25, 1965 to Reuben and Linda (Hendrickson) Raatikka in Wadena, Minnesota. He describes himself as a “farm boy”. He graduated from Sebeka High School in 1983 where he enjoyed playing football and baseball. He found his vocation as a sheet metal worker and for 13 years he “carried the tools”. Steve was a proud member of Sheet Metal Workers Local # 10 and was elected Trade Representative for Central Minnesota in 2000. He has served on many boards over the years and has worked selflessly to empower every worker. a voice in the workplace. One of his passions during his career was the training and education of apprentices. Upon his early retirement at age 55, he was honored when the Training Center located in St. Cloud was named the Steve Raatikka Training Center.
Lovingly known as Grumpy by his grandchildren, the love and pride he had for his family was unmatched. He loved to “make some noise” in his music room, yell at the Minnesota Vikings and do anything and everything with the love of his life, Cherie. His quick wit was appreciated by all who knew him and he was a stubborn Finn until the end. Steve is survived by his wife, Cherie; sons Dave Marquart (Heather) and Larry Marquart; daughter Summer Eads (Marcus); grandchildren Jacob and Isabelle Marquart and Joséphine and Juniper Eads; parents Reuben and Linda Raatikka; brother Michael Raatikka.
Special thanks to the Coborn Cancer Center and the Hospice de Sainte-Croix for providing exceptional and compassionate care.
Visitations will be on Friday October 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church (1144 29th Ave N, St. Cloud). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 2 at 2 p.m., with a visiting hour before, at the Lutheran Church of Atonement. Masks, especially for unvaccinated adults, are recommended but not required. Instead of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are in the care of Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud.