Holly "Gene" Ludwig passed away peacefully at home with his loving family on Friday, May 12, 2017.
He was born on January 27, 1927 to Holly Jacob Ludwig and Cecil Sollars Ludwig, and raised near Fithian, Illinois, where he worked on the family farm until high school graduation. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on a destroyer in the South Pacific.
After the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Lola "Betty" McConnell. They celebrated 52 years of marriage before her death in 1999. In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by: his son, Ricky Ludwig; brothers, Jake, Jack and Gary Ludwig.
He is survived by: his sister, Ann Ludwig Luedke; daughter, Linda Ludwig Quintana and her husband Ken; son Holly Gene Ludwig, II and his wife Karie; son Mark Owen Ludwig and his wife Candi; grandchildren, Robert Elliot, Jennifer Elliott, Shane Ludwig, Kris Ludwig, Cara Ludwig Mitchell, Laken Ivey; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, 1910 Highway 31 East, Athens, TX 75751.
Published on  May 22, 2017