Ron "PrunePicker" Ludwig(1934-2012)

Ron was born May 11, 1934 in Torrance, Calif. to Robert and Pearl Ludwig. He passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the age of 78 yrs, 6 months, 10 days.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mead Baptist Church on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at 1 p.m. with Bro. Kerry Groce officiating.

He served in the Navy in Guam, from August 1952, and honorably discharged in May 1954.

He married Cynthia (Cindy) on April 30, 1977 in Norwalk, Calif.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy of the home; sister, June Kimmel of Everett, Wash.; daughters, Tracy Emanuele of Mohave Valley, Ariz., Gaye Hipp and husband Scott of Chino Valley, Ariz., Adrienne Schmitt of Barstow, Calif.; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two neices.

He and his wife moved to Mead, Okla. in June 1989. He loved to fish. He was on the water early morning hours and late afternoons when the temperatures were cooler. He was proud of the BIG one that didn't get away. He would stop at the local store to buy slabs, which was one of his favorite lures. Then he decided to make his own slabs. Hence, PrunePicker Slabs. He had a very good technique of how to slab for the fish. In 1999, he wanted to start keeping track of where the fishing sweet spots were and decided to create a website, not thinking that anyone would ever read it. The name of the site is "" The site is about fishing at Lake Texoma. Many fishermen started reading and posting their news on the site. From this site, many many friendships were developed through the years. With the dedication of the many viewers of the site, there were fundraisers to help the Oklahoma and Texas Wildlife departments purchase new workboats, trailers, and motors. As of this date there have been more than 3 million views on the website.

He served as a volunteer firefighter, and as treasurer on the Board of Directors at the West Bryan County Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department.

He will truly be missed.

Published in The Herald Democrat on Nov. 27, 2012