ELKHART, Ind. -- Gerald "Jerry" Leonard Ludwig, 75, of Elkhart, Indiana, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Jerry died after a brave 31⁄2 year struggle with lung cancer. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and wife.
He was born October 25, 1937, in Isabella County, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., the son of the late Leonard Frank Ludwig and Lenora T. (Smith) Ludwig. He loved old tractors and going to tractor shows. He was a big fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Notre Dame football and girls basketball. He was very proud of his family and dearly loved his grandchildren.
Jerry graduated from Defiance High School's class of 1956 and Defiance College and Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. He worked for Johns-Manville in Defiance, Ohio, and later in Elkhart, Ind., where he worked as an employee relations manager and where he retired in 1994, after 38 years. After retiring, he worked for Paradigm Corporation as a management consultant for several years.
He was a member and past president of the Defiance Eagles, member of the Defiance Elks, past president of Greater Elkhart Personnel Association and a member of the Michiana Music For Life Association.
Jerry married Jean Westrick on June 14, 1958, in St. John's Catholic Church, Defiance, Ohio. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Jean, and daughters, Janis (Greg) Cannon of Defiance, Julie Ludwig of Elkhart, Jennifer (Scott) Wagoner of Lansing, Mich.; son, Steven Ludwig of Elkhart; seven grandchildren, Brian Holt, Kim Cannon, Katie Cannon, Brittany Ludwig, Aimee Ludwig, Stefani Ludwig, Jacob Wagoner; and two great-grandchildren, Jordan Egler and Madison Egler; sisters, Patricia (Robert) Vetter of Defiance, Carol (Jack) DeLano of Defiance, Sharon (Roger) Kroeckel of Defiance; and a brother, Kenneth (Kathy) Ludwig of Defiance.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23, at St. John's Catholic Church, 510 Jackson Ave., Defiance, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Visitation is today from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, 1753 S. Clinton St., Defiance, with an Eagles Ritual Team Service at 7:30 p.m. and a vigil service at 8 p.m. today. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens.
Suggested memorials are to the American Cancer Society or the organization of the donor's choice. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.