Obit: Ludwig, Dennis J. (1940 - 2018)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Essex, Fahrenbach, Gruny, Ludwig, Malchow, Olson, Peissig, Reinl, Riemer, Schmidt

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 3/26/2018

Ludwig, Dennis “Denny” J. (17 AUG 1940 - 18 MAR 2018)

Dennis “Denny” J. Ludwig, 77, of Elkhorn, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Lakeland Health Care Center in Elkhorn.

Denny was born on Aug. 17, 1940 in Medford, the youngest son of the late Louis and Bertha (Peissig) Ludwig. He graduated from Medford High School in 1958. He was nicknamed “Pirate” because he didn’t want to wear his glasses and often squinted. He married the love of his life, Jeanne on Aug. 13, 1960 in Stetsonville. They lived in Medford for about a year and then relocated to Elkhorn where they settled to raise their family. Denny was a middle school math and science teacher for the Elkhorn Area School District for 37 years until his retirement in 1997. During this time he earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was named Kiwanis international teacher of the year in 1989.

Denny also had a fogging and snowplowing business and was a partner at the Elkhorn Income Tax Service. He loved playing cards, especially Sheepshead, with teachers, friends and family and would often be found at the table putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Early on he learned to play the accordion and piano by ear. Denny and Jeanne spent many summers traveling in their motorhome out West and in northern Wisconsin visiting friends and family, camping and fishing.

Denny’s greatest joy in life was his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by his wife of 57 years; his three daughters, Lynn (J.T.) Essex of Shepherd, Mont., Lisa (Brian) Schmidt of Elkhorn and Lori (Erich) Reinl of Mount Vernon, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Fahrenbach of Rhinelander and Marianne (Robert) Olson of Burlington, Wash.

In addition to his parents, Denny was preceded in death by his son, Carey; his siblings, Ruth (Norman) Riemer, Lucille (Jumbo) Malchow – (Hugo) Gruny, Harold “Mickey” (Bernice) Ludwig, James (Micki) Ludwig, Arthur (Bea) Ludwig and William Fahrenbach.

Private interment will be at Hazel Ridge Cemetery in Elkhorn. At Denny’s request a celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 1-5 p.m. at Greenies Clubhouse, 700 S. Second St., Delavan. Memorials may be made to Jeanne Ludwig, which will be presented, in Denny’s name, to the Elkhorn Area High School Scholarship Foundation for a student pursuing a teachers college education.

The family of Denny would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of caregivers and providers at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington and Lakeland Health Care Center for their wonderful and heartfelt care.

Poppi, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, we miss you already. Say hi to Carey for us!

An online guestbook is at

Arrangements completed by Haase-Lockwood and Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory, Elkhorn.



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