Vernon Owen Ludwig, age 74, of Cherokee, passed away, Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at his residence at The Gardens Assisted Living in Cherokee.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 17 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Rev. Jane Johnston will officiate. Full Military rites will be conducted by the L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. Visitation began at 9 a.m. Friday, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences may be sent at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
On July 2, 1955, Vernon was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Johnson in Schleswig. To this union were eight children.
Vernon and his wife moved to Cherokee in 1957 where he worked for Modern Heating and Plumbing. He later went to work for Wilson's Meats until his retirement.
Vernon was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Cherokee VFW. In his spare time, Vernon enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, watching the Cherokee boys high school baseball games, the Iowa Hawkeyes and playing cards with his friends. Most of all, Vernon enjoyed being around his family and friends. Vernon was well known for cruising around in his golf cart.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Mary Ellen Ludwig in 1997; his parents, Alvin and Ruth Ludwig; and his daughter Kristie Boyd in 1999.
He is survived by his children: Kim Ludwig of Bay City, Texas, Kerry (Tom) Midland of Cherokee, Kathy (Jeff) Scruggs of Beaumont, Texas, Kelly (Elizabeth) of Richmond, Va., Keith (Kimberly) Ludwig of Cherokee, Karolynn Sievers of Carroll, and Kandi (Brian) Kindwall of Beaumont, Texas; grandchildren: Molly (Tim) VanEngen, Kelli (Aaron) Jacobson, Raquel (Michael) Nelson, Nick Sievers, Tyler Midland, Kory Ludwig, Kelsey Ludwig, Michael Boyd, Mathew Kindwall, Courtney Kindwall, Emma Kindwall, Madeleine and Simon Ludwig; Great Grandchildren: Collen VanEngen, Cody VanEngen and Andrew Jacobson; as well as other relatives and many friends.