Waunakee - Spencer Radel, age 26, left this world too soon on Thursday, October 6th, 2016.

Spencer was born on December 20th, 1989 and grew up in Waunakee, enjoying football and track in high school. He was a good and caring son, brother and friend, always thinking of others. He had an infectious smile and was loved by many. After attending MATC, he worked in construction and was very proud of being the youngest crewman promoted to foreman. He had just started a new career at Wall-Tech as a carpenter.

Spencer told us that if his story could help one person, he wanted it told. He came to us in August and asked for help - he was addicted to heroin. He wanted to get clean and get his life back. He successfully completed a 30 day inpatient program and was living at home for a week. Despite his strong desire to live a sober life, he passed away from a heroin overdose at home. His last evening was spent talking with his parents on their front porch, looking forward to a new future, returning to work, talking about his love for his family. The perfect night. And then the unthinkable happened. We will never know or understand why. We can only honor Spencer by sharing this story so that others are aware of the danger and temptation of this horrific drug.

Spencer was loved and supported throughout his life and this final journey by his parents, Kevin and LaDonna Radel and his brother, Eric (Kelsey Schluter). He is also survived by his grandmother, Monica Radel; many aunts, uncles and cousins and his cat, Bonkers. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Victor and Martha Bindl and Duane Radel.

Private services will be held at the Winn-Cress funeral home in Waunakee.

To honor Spencer's memory, learn more about the dangers of heroin and other addictive drugs.

"Memories are sometimes the last thing you have to remember loved ones. Hold on tight to the ones you love, hold on stronger to your Never Forgotten Memories."

Spencer, we are proud of the tough battle that you fought for these past 7 weeks. Rest peacefully, our sweet child. You take a piece of our hearts with you forever. We love you.

Winn-Cress Funeral Home
5785 Hwy Q
Waunakee, WI 53597
608-849-4513