Robert Ludwig
1944 - 2019
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Robert Ludwig

Urbandale - Robert "Bob" Ludwig. Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago, died at Mercy Hospice, Johnston Iowa, on December 15, 2019. He was 75. Formerly of Evanston, Bob and his wife Kathy had retired to Des Moines, Iowa, where he had been born in 1944.

Ludwig earned a BA of philosophy in1966. He has graduate degrees in theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology and attended classes in Tubingen, Germany in 1969-70 as part of his graduate work. He earned his MA in1969 and his PhD in 1972. He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam Era and an anti-war activist his whole life.

Ludwig is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen, his children Petra (West Des Moines) Patrick, (Urbandale, IA), and Mark (and Angela Siu, Brooklyn, NY) and two grandchildren, Mady and Jordan. Bob's siblings include Tom (deceased 2015), Mary Ann (Chicago), Rita (and Dick Klein, Houston), Bill (and Joyce Baker, Des Moines), Carol (and Warren Obluck, Vero Beach, FL), John (Des Moines), Jim (and Patrick Maloney, Evanston, IL), Dick (and Mary Rose Gaston, Lincoln, NE).

A visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 PM on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory in Urbandale. The funeral mass will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church in Des Moines.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2019.
Funeral Mass
10:00 AM
St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
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January 1, 2020
My wife and I are saddened to hear about Bob. He was my classmate at Aquinas Institute, a fine friend, and a good man.
Harvey Bollich
December 19, 2019
This picture captures Bob very nicely. We shared many laughs and a few sorrows at Conception.
Bob always had a fresh face (see picture!) and a
very high spirit. Academic achievement came easy for Bob; and he was never timid about sharing an insight. Sincere condolences to Bob's family and all who truly appreciated and loved this dear man.
Miles Otoupal
December 19, 2019
Miles Otoupal
December 19, 2019
Kirk Estee
December 19, 2019
Bob and I attended Dowling High School together. The in the mid 1960's we were fellow seminary students at Conception Seminary in Missouri.
I always will remember Bob's drive and energy level, his enthusiasm for a Cause or Purpose. His worek in the academic/scholastic world is second eto none. He indeed was a Faith-filled individual who influenced countless people throughout his life, as a devoted Christian, professor, husband, father, and grandparent. A true friend to so many. He certainly made a difference in this world!
God love ya, Bob!! We are all blessed to have known this man.

Kirk Estee
Omaha, Nebr.
Kirk Estee
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