Craig Gary Ludwig

Craig Gary Ludwig, husband, father, grandfather, passed away Sunday, January 8, one day before his 76th birthday. He was born in Denison, Iowa on January 9th, 1941. Craig attended a one-room schoolhouse, drove a tractor at a young age, and worked on neighbors’ farms in his teen years to earn money to keep his family’s farm going. He always felt a close connection to his western Iowa origins and friends and family in the area.

Craig attended Iowa State University for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees – where het met his wife Nancy on a blind date on Valentine’s Day, 1965 – and Oklahoma State University for his PhD in Animal Science. He and Nancy married on May 27, 1967, and moved to the Kansas City area in 1969.

Craig worked for the American Hereford Association for 29 years, travelling throughout the U.S. and the world, including Hungary, Australia, southern Africa and South America, and making many lifelong friends. Following his work for the AHA, he was the CEO for several other cattle associations.

At home Craig was a skilled builder and remodeler, finishing his basement and building a bedroom and bathroom, and building a beautiful deck in his backyard, which subsequently provided years of quality family and grilling time. He loved caring for his yard, planting and tending his extensive garden – especially the tomato plants and flowers – feeding the birds, playing fantasy football with his longtime league, and participating in his Bible study group.

When his sons were young, Craig coached their softball and 3&2 Baseball league teams, leading them to division championships on a couple of occasions to his great delight. As a sports fan, he was also for many years a keen tailgater at Chiefs games with close friends.

His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he went to many baseball, football, soccer, and basketball games played by his grandchildren living in the Kansas City area. He and Nancy were also able to visit their two granddaughters on several occasions when they lived in England and Germany.

Craig is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy, his son Chad (Tracy Moran), his daughter Laura Butler (Marvin), his son Scott (fiancée Bri), brothers Arnold (Marilynn) and Jon (Barb), grandchildren Elrica and Gabriella Ludwig and Remi, Brody, and Hadley Butler. Preceding him in death were his parents, Arnold and Marjorie Ludwig, his sister Suzan and brother-in-law Ronnie.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City MO, that provided care for Craig through his many health problems, to his internist of many years, Dr. Frank Titterington, and to the staff of the various other facilities who cared for him in the last several months. Donations in Craig’s name can be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd Street, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66202, or to the City Union Mission, 1100 E 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64106.

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