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Clyde M. Ludwig

Jun 17, 2011

A Celebration of Life service for Clyde M. Ludwig of Cordele was held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in the chapel of Rainey Family Funeral Services. Mr. Ludwig, 93, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 24, 2011. He had been lovingly cared for since August 2009 by a team of people; his daughter and sonin-law Chris and Harry Kieffer and the wonderful caring staff of Cordelia Manor, and Crisp Regional Hospice staff, Jackie Holton and Cynthia Holt. Clyde won the hearts of people with love of joking that continued despite a broken hip in March and his declining health since. He was born in Williamsport, PA, the son of H. Harry and Clara Ludwig. He was the first graduate of Lycoming College Technical School on the GI Bill after World War II. Clyde was a pattern maker for the Darling Valve Foundry for 27 years. He lived in the Williamsport area till 1966 when he was hired as a Model Maker for the David Taylor Model Basin in Carter Rock, MD where he worked till retirement in December 1980. He was honored to work on many top secret 30 foot models of ships for the Navy department.

He was also a Pearl Harbor survivor whose amazing stories were filmed for the Smithsonian. Clyde had been a flight engineer on a B-17 and B-29, and later a flight instructor. He received many medals for his heroic actions.

His two sisters and brother all served in the war at the same time. Two of the highlights of his golden years was the opportunity to return to Pearl Harbor for the 60th reunion in 2001 with his daughter and granddaughter and in 2006 to fly on a Promo flight with press people on a restored B-17. The Promo appeared both on TV and the newspaper in Williamsport, PA. His life had been spared during the war and he would go on to make a difference in so many amazing ways. He set a wonderful example of how to live your life as a Christian to all who knew him.

Clyde and Betty were married in 1946 and would design and then build their own unusual large U-shape home three years later. They loved sharing stories of all of the trials they went through during those years building their home. He helped start a mission Lutheran Church after discovering it now took hours of traveling to attend church. He also helped start a Volunteer Fire Department when there was none in the area. After moving to Rockville, MD he was very involved with major projects with their church, the community and civic association, the Lutheran Senior Home and 15 years working in a soup kitchen. In 1991 he was presented a flag that had flown over the capital on December 7. He was awarded a Senior Volunteer of the Year Award for the state of Maryland in 2000 at age 82 before they moved back to Hughesville, PA in December 2000.

It was noted he had averaged over 1,000 hours of volunteer for years. As he aged he became affected from a bad fall 25 years earlier during a volunteer project at church. He was very disheartened when he could no longer access his workshop where he made baptismal crosses and wooden toys for kids in hospitals.

At the time of his death he was survived by his wife, Betty, 92, and his daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Harry Kieffer of Cordele; son, Steve Ludwig of Florida, and grandchildren, Rachelle Eddy and her husband, Blaine of Pennsyvania, who were amazing caregivers for 2 1/2 years till the Ludwig’s moved to Georgia. They have three other grandchildren, granddaughter and her husband, Tina and Dave Allen of Idaho, and grandsons, Mark Ludwig of Florida and Matt Ludwig of Texas. There are five great-grandchildren, Ryan Allen of Idaho, Kayla Eddy and Avery Eddy, both of Pennsylvania, and Jake Ludwig of Florida. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen Sprow, age 95, of Florida. He was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Fiske, brother, Jacob Ludwig, a great-grandson, Justin Allen who died at the age of 20 in May 2010, and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in Hughesville, PA when his ashes will be buried in the family plot in Muncy, PA Cemetery. Many generations of Betty’s family go back to the 1700’s in that cemetery as well as to Daniel Boone’s family.

Memorial Donations can be made in memory of Clyde Ludwig to Iron Disorders Institute (IDI) can be made online at www.irondisorders.org/support-us or mailed to: Iron Disorders Institute, PO Box 675, Taylors, SC 29687 Chris is a Founding Director of IDI after her husband was diagnosed Hemochromatosis/ Iron overload. The Ludwig’s Maryland home was always open to Chris and her associates on their many trips to the DC area to raise awareness and funding and attend conferences at NIH. Clyde would sometimes accompanied her to various Senators’ offices.