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First Baptist Church
Saturday April 23rd, 2022

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Lawrence H. Ludwigs

HAWARDEN, IOWA – Lawrence Ludwigs, 88, of Hawarden, passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at the Dunlap Specialty Care in Dunlap, Iowa.

   A Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Hawarden at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2022. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. The service will be livestreamed on this obituary page.

   Lawrence Henry Ludwigs was born July 29, 1933 to Henry D. and Martha (Beeck) Ludwigs on a farm in Portland Township, Plymouth County, near Chatsworth, Iowa. He graduated from Akron High School in 1952. He worked as a farm laborer for a few years. Lawrence was employed by the construction company that built the West Sioux High School in Hawarden, Iowa.

   He married Leona Richmond on May 19, 1962 at the First Baptist Church in Hawarden.

   He lost his eyesight in 1972. Lawrence was the first blind person to graduate from Northwest Iowa Technical College (now NCC) in Sheldon taking a machinist course. He was employed at Kooima Manufacturing in Rock Valley, Iowa for three years.

   Lawrence was baptized and a confirmed as a member of the St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. He served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. He later became a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon. Lawrence had perfect Sunday School attendance for fifteen years. In 1998, he became a member of the Hawarden Community Church and later returned to the First Baptist Church.

   He enjoyed music, singing in the choir and as a soloist, gardening, flowers, and yard work.

   Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother in infancy, Wayne John Ludwigs; wife, Leona; sister, Darlene Burley; brother, Leslie Ludwigs; and brother-in-law, Lester Vetos.

   He is survived by a brother, Lowell (Jan) Ludwigs; a sister, Eunice Vetos; sister-in-law, Marcene Ludwigs; and nephews and nieces.

   Blessed be his memory.

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Lawrence and I attended the same Machinist Class at Northwest Iowa Technical College. (Now NCC) I was his tutor. He once asked me what I looked like. I said I was big, fat, and ugly! He said he knew I wasn't big and fat. I asked why he said that. He said he only held the door open so far, and I could get thru! He told me I wasn't ugly, either. I said, "How would you know what I look like?" He said, "You are beautiful on the inside and when you are sightless how a person looks on the inside is all that matters!" He was a wise and kind man. I went with him to his first job interview at Kooima's Manufacturing in Rock Valley. (Now TCS) I wanted to make sure he got a fair shot. They were so kind to him that I applied there, too! While working there, I noticed he would often impress them with how he could measure things with feel, while others used a micrometer and he would be so close! He told me his favorite song to sing publicly was "Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow." That explained how he could keep going in spite of his handicap and was always able to smile! But, now he can see, and look right into his Saviour's face!

Jan Bliek Apr 22 2022 10:45 PM

Lawrence was a very special nephew to my mother Gertrude and he was always ready to share his musical talents with his family.

Terry Dybsetter Feb 12 2022 9:44 PM

My Dad and Mom were friends of Lawrence & Leona for years. Always enjoyed visiting.

Carolyn Bertram Feb 7 2022 11:27 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Ludwigs

Michelle R. knight Feb 5 2022 10:13 PM

He was always a joy to visit with.

Cindy Gosch Feb 3 2022 11:20 AM

My Mom Mary Van Ballegooyen has fond memories of Lawrence as they were high school sweethearts and later we're engaged. But her dad (Andy Van Ballegooyen ) didn't approve of there engagement and made my Mom (Mary Van Ballegooyen) give Lawrence the engagement ring back.Both Lawrence and Mary were heartbroken and were crying cuz they did love each other very much.Lawrence will be remembered for a kind,caring and friendly man.Religion also played a big part in Lawrence life. My Mom heard Lawrence singing voice and was so impressed. Mary and Lawrence had a special bond in there High School years.Mary and Lawrence went on alot of dates.Lawrence would go and visit Mary on her parents farm every Sunday afternoon spending time together visiting. Lawrence will be missed very much by Mary Van Ballegooyen and hold a special place in her heart. With deepest sympathies and condolences going out to the family. May he rest in peace.

Cindy & Casey Havelaar Feb 2 2022 3:24 PM

My Dad (Bill Wilken) was a very good friend of Lawrence while they both were growing up in Chatsworth.Lawrence & my dad (Bill) wanted to start a band together because they both loved music.Nothing never did become of the band but they both had good dreams of it. Lawrence did enjoy riding around hawarden in my dad's (Bill Wilken's car and they had good conversation.Lawrence had a great singing voice.Lawrence will also be remembered as a very religious man.Lawrence knew the passages in the bible very well.May God Bless You and Wrap His Arms Around You and Give You Peace.

Cindy (Wilken) & Casey Havelaar Feb 2 2022 3:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Ludwigs

Cindy (Wilken) & Casey Havelaar Feb 2 2022 2:58 PM