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Robert J. "Bob" Ludvigsen

March 15, 1927 — January 17, 2019

Robert J. "Bob" Ludvigsen of North Fond du Lac passed away peacefully on January 17, completing a 91-year journey on Earth. A World War II veteran and lifelong Wisconsin resident, Bob loved his family and friends and never wavered in his faith. He was a permanent fixture at Apostolic Christian Church of Fond du Lac and Wauwatosa, and devoted a great deal of his life to reading God's word and sharing his testimony. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Laraine (nee Anderson), and four adult children including Randy, Lynn (Mike) Gradinjan, Les (Deb), and Mary (Dennis) George. Together, the couple has nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Born in Clintonville, Wis., on March 15, 1927, Bob was one of five children raised by Christ and Mary Ludvigsen. The family moved to North Fond du Lac in his youth. Upon graduation from Horace Mann High School in the mid-1940s, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 and served in Germany at the close of the European campaign. Returning home in 1947, he courted his sweet Rain, and the two married on May 29, 1948. They settled in a home they built across the street from his parents' house, and contentedly lived there their entire marriage.

While he served as a medic in the Army and worked as a police officer for a short time, Bob earned an honest living as a foundry worker at Wells Manufacturing in Fond du Lac. He retired in 1992 after 40 years. He also worked as a janitor at Horace Mann High School and was a former lamp lighter for the Northwestern Railroad. He enjoyed his Indian motorcycle and rode it to Minnesota for his honeymoon.

Family was always important to the Ludvigsens, and there were many Sunday afternoon lunches at the couple's home, where the adults watched the Green Bay Packers or listened to Bob Uecker call Milwaukee Brewers games on the radio, while the grandkids played outside and in the creek that runs alongside their house. Bob's favorite pastimes including visiting the infirmed at hospitals and nursing homes, helping his neighbors with odd jobs, tinkering with his model trains and watching professional wrestling.

As the years passed and the memories grew, Bob spent more time reflecting on his life and sharing inside jokes with his grandkids. He was quick to tease and had a contagious smile. Surrounded by pictures of family near and far, and living close enough to visit with the others, he was never alone.

Happiness was about roast chicken and dressing, togetherness and ice cream -- and in that, the family was blessed and rich.

The family will celebrate Bob's full and complete life on Friday, January 25, with visitation from 3:00 – 6:00 PM and a funeral service at 6:00 PM at Uecker Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park Avenue in Fond du Lac. Interment will be at Ledgeview Memorial Park at 11:00 AM the following day.

While memorials will be graciously accepted, Bob was an ardent supporter of Easterseals, and donations in his memory would be welcomed.

The family extends a special thank you to the entire team at Aurora Hospice -- especially Brittany, Jennifer, Kim, Michelle and Tina -- for their caring and compassionate assistance during Bob's final days.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Friday, January 25, 2019

Starts at 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Ledgeview Memorial Park Cemetery

N6250 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54937

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