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.