Louis David Ludwig, Sr.

Louis David Ludwig, Sr.
b. 19 November 1922, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Indiana to Walter Henry and Lolita Esther Adeline (Koenig) Ludwig
d. 20 January 1984, Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas

m. 12 May 1946, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Indiana
Ruth Adah Lanphear
b. 1 October 1924, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, to Clyde Lee and Helen Maude (Yerrick) Lanphear

Children with Ruth Adah Lanphear:

  • Linda Louise (b. 1948) married Robert Charles Irish
  • Jacqueline Ann (b. 1949) married Claude Charles Rodgers
  • Louis David, Jr. (b. 1952) married Elizabeth Miles
  • LuAnn (1953-1953)

Louis Ludwig (l833-1904) came from Dachwig, Saxon, Preussen. He met Katarina Elizabetha Dibel (1847-1919) from Hesse-Darmsdt, Germany, in Mishawaka, Indiana. They were married 28 October in South Bend, Indiana. Their farm was on the St. Joseph River in Penn Township, St. Joseph County. They had six children and their youngest son, Walter Henry, raised his son, Louis David, Sr., and two daughters, on the farm as well.

Louis married Ruth Lanphear in 1946 and they raised a family of three children. Louis worked as a Mishawaka Firefighter from 1948 through 1969. His father was a plumber and Louis also worked for him. Louis designed the “House of Hazzards” that was used in Mishawaka classrooms to teach children about fire safety in the home, and during World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

After retiring from the Mishawaka Fire Department in 1969, he moved with his wife and youngest child to Everman, Texas. He died in Texas in 1984 but is buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens In Osceola, St. Joseph County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Linda Ludwig Irish
South Bend IN
E-mail: linlirish@sbcglobal.net

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