Kansas Wheat joins wheat producers and farm advocates from across the state in expressing our condolences to the family of David Radenberg, who passed away on October 9, 2021, ending his 21-year battle against a rare form of brain cancer.
“David was passionate about continuous innovations for Kansas wheat farmers through work at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center,” said Justin Gilpin, Kansas Wheat CEO. “His dedication to our mission will be missed, as will his joyful demeanor whenever he was in the office, especially when accompanied by his family.”
Radenberg was a lifelong wheat farmer in Claflin, where his family has farmed for more than 100 years. He served as a board member for the Barton County Farm Bureau Association and the Sterling Coop in addition to membership in the Masonic Lodge.
He represented central Kansas on the Kansas Wheat Commission from April 2011 to March 2020, including serving as chairman from August 2018 to May 2019. During his tenure as a commissioner, he supported wheat research and international marketing efforts, including attending the 31st annual Latin American Millers Conference in Lima, Peru, in 2013. At the time, he expressed how he enjoyed sharing with millers, bakers and merchandisers about the research investments Kansas farmers are making to provide a better quality product.
Radenberg was also a founding board member of the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. Established in 2011, the foundation helps fund scholarships for students conducting research.
Celebration of Life Service will be held October 23, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Paul's United Church of Christ located at 309 E Nassau, Holyrood, Kansas, with Reverend Debra Rains officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation, 1990 Kimball Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502, or the Claflin Fire and EMS Services, PO Box 383, Claflin, KS 67525.