June 9, 1934 ~ June 10, 2018
Donald “Don” L. Ludwig, age 84, of Elma, IA, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, IA with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. Burial will be at Lourdes Cemetery in Lourdes, IA with military honors provided by Elma American Legion John Frahm Post #597. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 4:30 PM Rosary and a 7:00 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Friday. Online condolences for Don’s family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Donald Louis was born on June 9, 1934 in Elma, IA to Louis and Helen (Schmelzer) Ludwig. He grew up on the family farm. Don attended country school in Howard County. Upon completing his education, Don enlisted in the US Army and served in Germany during the Korean Conflict as a guard. When he returned home, Don was united in marriage to Eula Zensen on October 14, 1972 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Faribault, MN. The couple made their home in Elma, IA where they raised their two children, Rebecca and James. Don worked a variety of jobs over the years including farm labor for several farmers, maintenance at Colonial Manor and Featherlite in Cresco until his retirement. Don enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a tinkerer. If he couldn’t buy it, he made it in his shop. Don worked on small engines and took pride in fixing lawn mowers. He also enjoyed woodcarving on walking sticks. You could always spot him driving his little red tractor around town and picking up cans. He and Eula often went to parades and garage sales. Don especially loved visiting and helping others. Don is survived by his wife, Eula; his children, Rebecca (Sean) Mullan of Janesville, WI and James Ludwig of Elma, IA; his grandchildren, Logan and Alyssa Mullan of Janesville, WI; his sisters, Eleanor Gansen and Janette Meyer, both of Elma; his aunt, Mildred Murphy of Eldridge, IA; several nieces, nephews and extended family; wonderful neighbors and great friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; Louis and Helen; his brothers-in-law, Joe Gansen, William Meyer and James Zensen; sister-in-law, Marie Zensen; and parents-in-law, Clarence and Celia Zensen.