Thomas L. Ludwick

Thomas L. Ludwick

February 14, 1946 – August 15, 2019

Thomas L. Ludwick was born on February 14, 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska to Thomas Ludwick and Lois Sisson; he passed to his eternal home on August 15, 2019 at the age of 73 from complications due to previous bladder cancer diagnosis and ultimately septic shock.

He graduated from Ralston High School in 1964 and immediately entered the military. Tom served in the United States Army as a specialist from 1964 to 1967. A Vietnam Veteran, he served as a crew chief on the OV-1 Mohawk at the Hanau Army Air Field in Langendiebach, Germany. For the past 30 years he was employed with D.K. Construction in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tom is survived by his mother, Lois Jensen Sisson; wife, Cynthia Ludwick; six children and their spouses: Todd Ludwick (Julie), Christina Haug (Todd), Michelle Norman, Michael Ludwick (Kaylee), Heather Gorsett (Luke), and Ashley Cihacek (Aaron); 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters: Teri Steinmetz (Mark) and Tanna Wirtz; brother, Tim Clark (Leslie); uncles and aunts; cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert McAleer; stepfather Tom Clark; father-in-law, Russell Smith; mother-in-law, Maxine Dougherty; stepfather-in-law, Delmar Dougherty; father, Tom Ludwick; and stepfather, Murven Sisson.

Tom was always cracking a joke and loved making people laugh. He knew a little bit about everything but especially loved airplanes, working with stained glass, and racing go-carts professionally as a young man. He ended his days watching the History channel and eating pie. Tom pursued excellence in everything he did especially as a master carpenter; Omaha magazine referred to him as the kingpin of woodworking.

He had a cheerful disposition and never complained even up to his last days.  Tom had an unforgettable smile: bright eyes, big ole glasses, and a Tom Sellick mustache.  Tom was characterized by commitment and loyalty. He was a committed husband to Cynthia for 38 years, he was a committed employee at D.K. Construction for 30 years, and he was a committed member of Emmaus Bible Church where he was baptized.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 21st from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, August 22nd at 9am at Emmaus Bible Church, 4501 S. 23rd St, Omaha, NE 68107. Graveside service with military honors: Thursday, August 22nd at 1pm at Omaha National Cemetery, 14250 Schram Rd, Omaha, NE 68138.  Memorials are suggested to Emmaus Bible Church or Open Door Mission.



  • Rita and Allen Purkapile Posted August 17, 2019 8:17 pm

    We were deeply saddened by the news of Tom’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  • Barb Camden Posted August 18, 2019 6:38 am

    My prayers and thoughts for all. Tommy was a wonderful person we shared a lot of growing up time together. He will be missed.

  • Samanthe Caza Posted August 18, 2019 7:26 am

    I am so sorry for your loss

  • Bob McCaulley Posted August 18, 2019 8:13 am

    Sending our condolences. So sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. Did lots of go cart racing with Tom years ago and had so many good times. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Kathy Michehl Posted August 18, 2019 8:15 am

    Chris and family. My sincere condolences of your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Linda Dutton Posted August 18, 2019 9:03 am

    Todd, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It’s definitely not easy.
    You have been a great son. Known you along time and a can attest to that. Love you guys♥️♥️♥️

  • Ken and Sharon Bakos Posted August 18, 2019 10:46 am

    So sorry to hear about Tom. So nice to visit with you at the reunion this year, our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jill Wolfersberger Posted August 18, 2019 11:14 am

    Tom will be missed and I am so glad we got to spend time with him and Cindy when they came to Lakeland in April. Tom always kept us laughing and I will really miss his big smile!

  • Tara Borsh Posted August 18, 2019 11:51 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Tom will be greatly missed by many. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, The Borsh Family

  • Mike Rodgers Posted August 18, 2019 1:46 pm

    I was shocked to hear about Tom’s death. I worked with him at DK construction and his obituary is right on the money. He was always joking, easy to get along with, always willing to teach the finer points of finish carpentry and strove for perfection. I will always remember the times I shared with Tom and I hope you do too. He was a great man and a great teacher. My condolences to the family and I hope you use the memories of the good times you shared with Tom to lift your spirits. May God Bless you all.

  • Jack McVicker Posted August 18, 2019 2:34 pm

    I’m so sorry to see if Tom’s passing. I knew Tom when I sold lumber for Millard Lumber and DK Const. was one of my contractors. We always had a lot to talk and laugh about on the job sites. I know he will be sorely missed by family, friends, and former workers of DK Const.

  • Sandy Edwards Posted August 18, 2019 7:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss…may all the wonderful memories guide you through these difficult times. Love to you and your family, Sandy and Ken

  • Sam and Cathy Simpson Posted August 19, 2019 5:06 pm

    Cynthia and family,

    Sincere sympathy regarding the loss of your loved one, Tom. He was a great guy to visit with and share some laughs. It was so nice to see you both at the Army reunion this year and visit over supper, before our last farewell. Sincere sympathy.

  • Karen Cameron Posted August 20, 2019 10:22 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my beloved husband a year ago, so I truly understand. May the Lord comfort you and your family and lead you in the days ahead. May He bless you with peace , knowing that you’ll see Tom again. Love, Karen Cameron

  • Cindy Wells Mosser Posted August 20, 2019 7:39 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I was a classmate of his for a very long time. He was a great guy. I’m sure he will be missed by many.

  • Jeff Shackleford Posted August 21, 2019 6:52 am

    A great family man. a great American Veteran. Although I didn’t know him long, He left a lasting impression. he is part of a special family, God bless…

  • Greg Ruhe Posted August 25, 2019 2:28 pm

    Tom and I were the best of friends throughout high school. I was very saddened to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family,

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