Fred J. Ludwigs, of Stanton, died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion, Nebraska at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 26 days.
Fred Janssen Ludwigs, the son of William and Clara (Brabander) Ludwigs was born October 17, 1920 in Chatsworth. Fred was raised in Chatsworth where he attended school.
He entered the U. S. Navy on Sept. 9, 1942. He was stationed on the USS Arkansas during World War II. The ship acted as an escort for troop convoys across the Atlantic Ocean. His ship was also involved with the landings at Normandy, Cherbourg, France, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Fred completed his Navy service Oct. 22, 1945.
Following the Navy, he moved to Le Mars, and worked as a Buick mechanic. Fred was united in marriage to Lucille Seibels on June 18, 1946 in Le Mars. They moved to Red Oak in 1952 when Fred went to work for Galloway Buick.
In 1960, Fred and Lucille made their home on their farm near Stanton. Fred farmed and worked at Union Carbide Battery Company until his retirement in 1982.
He was a member of Mamrelund Lutheran Church and American Legion Ernie Johnson Post 406, both of Stanton.
Fred is survived by two sons, Larry Ludwigs of Omaha, Neb., and Rodney Ludwigs of Stanton; two daughters, LaVail Stafford and husband, Steve of Neola, and Renae Shelton and husband, Bill of Clarinda; 12 grandchildren: Heather Stafford, Michelle Barger and husband Brandon, Ashley McDonald and husband John, Aubrey Dreyer and husband Mike, Austin Strickland, Jamie Evans, Janssen Ludwigs, Branden Bullington and wife Diane, Scott Bullington, Ann Shelton, Elizabeth Shelton, Lisa Shelton; nine great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Fred was preceded by his parents, wife: Lucille on Oct. 4, 2001; brothers: Bill Ludwigs and Arthur Ludwigs; sisters: Edna Kleene, Ann Harms, Clara Kluver, Louise Lobber, and Rose Johnson.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mamrelund Lutheran Church at Stanton, with the Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli officiating. Burial will be in Mamre Cemetery, Stanton. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Ernie Johnson Post #406 of Stanton. Visitation with the family present at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home will be 6-7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com.