David J. Ludwigs, 71, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Mercy One in Sioux City, Iowa. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Rev. Susan Juilfs of Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, Iowa will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation on Friday at the funeral home prior to the funeral service.
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David John Ludwigs was born on March 30, 1947 in Le Mars, Iowa to Harry and Lillian (Jelken) Ludwigs. He attended school in Le Mars, graduating from Le Mars High School in 1965. On April 18, 1966, David enlisted in the United States Air Force. While at home on leave, David and Ramona Heeren were united in marriage on June 29, 1969 in Le Mars. He served as a Sergeant until earning an Honorable Discharge on February 17, 1970. David returned to Le Mars and took a position with Meis Seed and Feed. In 1973, David began a 39 year career with Plymouth County in the Secondary Roads Division. He retired in 2012.
David was a longtime member of Heeren-McHale-Wilkens American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville, Iowa. He enjoyed dancing with his wife, Ramona. David spent time attending his daughter’s and granddaughter, Cassidy’s school and sporting events. He also enjoyed watching sports and The Lone Ranger on television. Around town, David could be found visiting with his coffee group or at the YMCA.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years, Ramona Ludwigs of Le Mars, IA; a daughter, Sheila Ludwigs of Le Mars, IA; a son-in-law, Jeremy Sjovall of Beresford, SD; a granddaughter, Cassidy Sjovall of Beresford, SD; a sister, Anita Ann Meyers of Le Mars, IA; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Brenda Sjovall; an infant sister, Catherina Marie Ludwigs; and a sister, Patricia Ann Plueger.