BLACK RIVER FALLS — Harold H. Ludeman, 91, of Black River Falls passed away Monday, June 8, 2015, at Pine View Care Center, Black River Falls.
He was born March 6, 1924, in Neenah, Wis., to Francis and Emma (Langner) Ludeman.
Harold graduated from Hixton High School in 1941, and was attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become a dentist when he was drafted into the service during World War II. He served in combat in the Philippines, and was an M.P. in Manila after the war ended until his discharge in 1946. Harold returned home and attended the University of Wisconsin Agricultural School short course and worked with his father, Francis, in the family owned cheese business, the South Alma Cheese Factory. Following his father’s death in 1953, Harold continued in the cheese business with his brother, Herbert, and mother, Emma, until its sale in 1988. The South Alma Cheese Factory was one of the first factories in Wisconsin to produce an award-winning mozzarella cheese.
Harold married Virginia Anderson Aug. 24, 1946, in Black River Falls, and they had three children, Lois, Kathy and David.
Harold had served on the board of directors of the Jackson County Bank, and was a member of the Rotary Club. He was an avid collector of carnival glass and at one time had one of the largest collections in the U.S. He donated a rare Northwoods punch bowl set to the Corning Museum in Corning, New York, where it is on display.
Harold enjoyed hunting and fishing and treated his family to adventures in Canada, and the Northwest Territories, to fish and came close to world records for lake trout and grayling. He hunted out west often and took home trophies, including a mountain lion that he shot with a pistol while on horseback. Harold also loved cairn terriers and looked forward to visits from his current cairns, Angel.
Harold had a long history with the Masonic order, received many degrees, and was Grand Commander of the K.C.T. of Wisconsin 1987-1988 and Eminent Prior of the Knights of the York Cross of Honour 1991-1992.
Harold Ludeman is survived by his daughters, Lois Ludeman of Eau Claire, Wis., and Kathy (Jim) Trowbridge of Mikana, Wis.; son, David (Penny) Ludeman of Hixton; three grandchildren, Erin Ludeman of Seattle, Sarah (Emily Troutman) Ludeman of Leominster, Mass., and Ben Ludeman of St. Paul; sister, Marguerite Kleba of Hixton; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; parents, Francis and Emma; brother, Herbert.
Funeral services for Harold H. Ludeman will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at the United Methodist Church, Black River Falls. The Reverend Kathleen Jury will be officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Torgerson’s Funeral Home, Black River Falls, with a Masonic service at 6:45 p.m.
Memorials may be given to the Jackson County Humane Society or the United Methodist Church of Black River Falls.
Torgerson’s Funeral Home, 715-284-4321, of Black River Falls, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences are available at www.torgersonfuneralhome.com.