Bryce Elon Ludwig
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FAITH - Bryce Elon Ludwig, 88, of Faith and The Meadows of Rockwell, entered eternal life Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.
Bryce was born near Faith on May 2, 1924, to the late John R. and Nan Basinger Ludwig. He was a 1941 graduate of Granite Quarry High School. A United States Army veteran, Bryce honorably served during World War II with the Second Armored Division in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. He received the EAMET Campaign Medal with five bronze stars and a Victory Medal.
As co-owner with his brother, Dick, Bryce managed and operated Faith Dry Cleaners for 53 years, retiring from the business in 2000.
Bryce served on the Faith Town Board from 1954 until 1958. He was a lifetime member and served as Commander of American Legion Post 327. A member of Faith Jaycees, Bryce was chosen as Faith's "Most Outstanding Young Man of 1957." As a member of the Faith Civitan Club, Bryce was named "Outstanding Citizen of the Year" in 1975. He served for many years with the Faith Volunteer Fire Department and was Fire Chief. Instrumental in initiating the Fourth of July celebrations in Faith, he prepared hundreds of signs and placards for the parades and park celebrations for many years, as well as serving as cashier in the park.
A talented artist, Bryce's hobby of painting led to exhibiting and receiving awards in various art shows. He was a founder of the Rowan Art Guild and was an exhibiting member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists. For many years, he painted and sold portraits, still lifes, landscapes and subjects of human interest.
A lifelong member of Faith Lutheran Church, he sang with the church choir for many years, served on the church council, served as an officer of the Faith Lutheran Brotherhood and was a Sunday School teacher.
Bryce was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Glenna Byrd McCombs Ludwig. They were married June 7, 1946, in Faith.
He is survived by daughter Connie Ludwig Troutman of Richmond, Va.; son Stan Ludwig and wife Donna of Concord; as well as his granddaughters, Shelly and Julie Ludwig; plus many, many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his six siblings: brothers Cohen ("Dick"), Garland, Hal Brown; and sisters Alma Ludwig Bruce, Olena Ludwig Ridenhour and Ruby Ludwig Hess; and his grandson, Shaun Garrett Ludwig.
Service: The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Randy Conley, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites.
Visitation: Visitation will be at the Faith Lutheran Church Family Life Center on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. and 2-2:45 p.m. before the service on Friday, Oct. 26.
Memorials: May be made to Faith Lutheran Church, Debt Reduction Fund, P.O. Box 669, Faith, NC 28041.
Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Ludwig family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com
Powles Funeral Home, Inc.
913 West Main Street Rockwell, NC 28138
Published in Salisbury Post on Oct. 25, 2012