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Charles H. Ludwig

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Charles Heberle Ludwig, 93, died on June 16, 2013 at his son's home in Seattle, Washington. Chuck was the second child born to Edward Roy Ludwig and Mary Harriet Gable of Minneapolis, MN (after older sister, Margaret). He graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, (class of 1942) and became a conscientious objector during WWII. Chuck was sent to join other COs in the Pacific Northwest, where he planted trees and worked in the mental hospital at Steilacoom. It was during this time that he met and subsequently married Helen Cleveland. Helen and Chuck, with children Steve and Meredith in tow, moved to Waldron Island in 1949. In the early 50's, Chuck began work on a house for the family, and their original abode, a drafty army tent, was soon abandoned in favor of the comfy new log home. Chuck and Helen parted ways later that decade, and Chuck remarried Mildred Holstein Campbell. He obtained a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Washington and landed a job as a research chemist at the pulp mill in Bellingham. Chuck worked at Georgia Pacific for many years, while Mildred taught at Lowell School. The now-composite family (Dave, Dorn, Steve and Merry) lived on south Garden St. Upon retiring, Mildred and Chuck moved back to Waldron. After Mildred's death, Chuck married a third time, to Elizabeth Haan, acquiring five more grown stepchildren. He and Betty divided their time between Waldron and her home in Chisago City, Minnesota. Betty died in August, 2012. Chuck is survived by; sisters Elizabeth (Betty) Fuller of Minneapolis and Jeanne Cochrane of Banks, Oregon; Stephen Ludwig and Meredith Kurose of Seattle; Dorn Campbell of Port Townsend; Heidi, Peter, Wendy and Chris Haan of Minneapolis; Heather Wortman of Albuquerque; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. There will be a memorial service in Seattle, 2:00pm Saturday, August 24 at University Friends Meetinghouse. contact:

Published in Bellingham Herald on July 19, 2013
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