Louis "Lou" Raymond Ludwig, 71, of Redfield, SD, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. His Funeral Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, SD with Reverend Eldon Reich officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. A Prayer service will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Tammy Toepke-Floyd officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Louis Raymond Ludwig was born on January 16, 1948, in Aberdeen, SD, the third of four sons, to Amos and Violet (Krieger) Ludwig.
In June 1968, he married Kathryn Hill and to this union five children were born, twins Mary Kay and Michelle, Fred, John, and Joseph.
On February 20, 1976, while working with his father near Mansfield, a terrible accident with the Ludwig Construction Caterpillar severed his arm and he especially enjoyed telling about his near death experience, and the angel giving him the choice of going home to heaven or returning to his earthly body. Once repaired, he worked extremely hard to regain use of his left arm for many months.
On June 14, 2001, he married Kathy (Brugger/Nelson) and acquired two stepdaughters: Angela and Sara. Together Lou and Kathy shared 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In 1990, Lou started his own business; L & K Moving and moved mobile homes through a five state area. He helped Kathy campaign for Spink County Treasurer by painting signs and finding places to put them and visiting with all the area people. He retired from the mobile home business in 2015 but loved helping people verbally and helped prepare and set the homes when he could. Lou’s brother Robert “Bob” Ludwig moved into Redfield after numerous surgeries and together they built the “More Than Just Rummage” shop in Redfield. Lou loved visiting with everyone who stopped.
Lou loved his church and church family at First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. He participated in several mission trips to places like Jamaica and Belize. He was twice honored with the Faithful Disciple Award. For more than twenty years he drove the church bus every Sunday to pick up members and take them to and from church, rarely missing a Sunday. He also took special groups on outings, his favorite being the Widow Support Group whenever they needed him.
Lou is survived by his wife Kathy of Redfield; his children: Mary Kay Ludwig, Michelle Ludwig, Fred (Sarah) Ludwig, Joseph (Kim) Ludwig, all of Aberdeen, SD; John (Mary) Ludwig of Ipswich, SD; his stepdaughters: Angela (Travis) Rice of Rockham, SD and Sara (Brock) Klapperich of Conde, SD. He is also survived by his brothers Richard and Fred Ludwig of Aberdeen, SD
Also surviving Lou are his grandchildren: Jordan Ludwig, Matthew Ludwig, Gabby Ludwig, Ariel Ludwig, Trisha Ludwig, Asia Ludwig, Stephen Newell, Payton Ludwig, Chandler Ludwig, Olivia Rice, Addyson Rice, Grayson Klapperich, and Kora Klapperich, and two great grandchildren: Leandra Ludwig and Lylie Ludwig.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Ludwig in November 2019.
In lieu of flowers please donate to either the Redfield First Congregational United Church of Christ Placerville Camp Fund or the First United Methodist Church’s Bus Fund in Aberdeen, SD.
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Aberdeen First United Methodist Church Bus Fund
502 South Lincoln Street, Aberdeen SD 57401
Redfield First Congregation United Church of Christ Placerville Camp Fund
125 East 7th Avenue, Redfield SD 57469