Arthur C. Radek

Arthur Radek

American FlagArthur C. Radek, age 83, died in Bloomfield Hills, MI, on June 17, 2021. He was a loving father of Martha (Wendell H Smith III) Smith and Margaret Radek; grandfather of Wendell H. Smith IV and Maggie Smith; He is predeceased by his brothers Richard and Joseph Radek, sister Frances Rose McNamara and longtime companion Judith Dragisic.

Art was born and raised in Chicago, and lived most of his life in Riverside, IL and LaGrange, IL.  He served in the United States Army in Korea as a private and as an MP.  While in the army, he met and married Sirilda Urquidez, with whom he had two daughters.  He had a long and successful career as both a public and private insurance adjuster. Well respected in his field, he taught courses at educational institutions and frequently served as an expert witness in court.  An active man all his life, he was an avid tennis player. He had a wide variety of talents and interests, including skiing, art, and flamenco guitar.  He was the ultimate DIY guy and an animal lover.  His playful nature and empathetic, thoughtful personality will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Visitation Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from  9 A.M. to time of service at  11 A.M at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.  Service Tuesday  11 A.M.

A live stream of the Service will be available to view at If you are unable to participate during the live stream a recording is available to be viewed by the end of the day Thursday June 24, 2021, at the the same link.

The family requests that all attending wear face coverings at Hitzeman Funeral Home. The lounge facilities are closed to guests, outside food or beverages are not allowed at this time.

A Private Graveside Service and Interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Braidwood, Illinois.

Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Connie Dugger condolence:

    Martha, I am so sorry to be reading this about your dad. Now I know where your love of guitar originated. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  2. Catherine Blakley condolence:

    Martha and Peggy, Bob and I were so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. To loose both parents in less than a year takes an enormous toll and requires a great deal of strength to navigate. You are in our thoughts. Sending love and hugs.

  3. Jenny & Kevin Connelly condolence:

    Margaret & Martha—
    Our hearts are with you and your family as you lay your father to rest. He will be missed, but his sense of humor, and love of music lives on in you both…

  4. Myrna Greenberg condolence:

    My deepest sympathies to you all. Art was such a special person and the best boss and friend anyone could ever hope to have. I know that like me, everyone has very special memories of Art. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure and honor of knowing him.

  5. Anthony Campanale condolence:

    It was quite a few years since the last time I saw Art. But I had no time was there ever a lack of memory of a caring man who loves his daughters and could always be counted on to be there in the event you had a genuine need. The world suffers for loss of people like him and those who knew him well will suffer the loss to a greater extent. I will miss him.

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