Danny Ludwig was born on May 24, 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky. Danny will forever be cherished by his family as a wonderful son, Grandson, husband, father, and Pawpaw. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: His wife Donna Ludwig; his children Deanna Stone (Bryan McNutt), Danielle Logsdon; Grandchildren, Jordan Beavers, Austyn Stone, Jericha “Taylor” Beavers (Dean Sturm); and Great Grandchild Avery Rose Sturm. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death and welcomed home by his mother, Pauline G. Rayburn Ludwig; father, Carl W. Ludwig; grandmother, Olvia Rayburn; grandfather, Harry Rayburn; and brother, Doug Ludwig.
He was married to his loving wife of 50 years, Donna, and shared many years of unforgettable moments. They were admired by other couples and you couldn’t mention one without the other. Danny loved his family and his face lit-up when he talked of them. Danny especially loved having Christmas with his family, going on family vacations, camping with the grandchildren, and family dinners. His Great Granddaughter, Avery Rose, was the love of his life and gave him joy, happiness, and on a lot of days a reason to live.
Danny was a hard worker and good provider for his family. He started his work career as a painter and worked at Murphy Manufacturing before going to Ralston Purina. At Ralston Purina, he started by shoveling soy beans and worked his way up to become a supervisor before moving into management. Ralston Purina was later purchased by Cargill where he worked for several years. When Cargill closed, he started working for Algood Food Company in 1988, only three years after it was founded. Danny was an integral part of everything that Algood was, and would become. Danny used his incredible intelligence to become a master of peanut butter production processes. More importantly, Danny set the standard for hard work, dependability, fairness and integrity. He was a beloved part of Algood, and was a dear friend and example to many. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him at Algood. He retired in 2015.
For the last 40 years, Danny has always enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting. He would go several times a year, and was known to stay a month at a time with his buddies, catching enough Crappie fish for fish fries with friends and family. He often had social gatherings at his house, played golf, enjoyed taking cruises, attending University of Louisville games, and trying his luck at the casino and race track. He was also a lover of classic cars and built a ‘56 Chevy, stripping it to the metal, and painting it himself. The family joked often about Danny and his riding lawnmower, and the fact he watched the grass grow, cutting it two times weekly. Danny was a jack of all trades. There was nothing that Danny could not fix and had a natural ability to figure out a problem at work with machinery, automobiles or anything around the house.
Danny was loved and highly respected by everyone he knew and no doubt will be missed. He was known to be straight forward, usually had an opinion, told it like it was, and you always knew where you stood with him. On the other hand, he was funny, great at telling stories, was non-judgmental, accepting of all regardless of who they were, fair, honest, gentle, witty, thoughtful, kindhearted, a joy to be around, and a giver without hesitation to anyone in need. Although missed in our hearts, Danny will forever be loved. Let’s all rejoice that the Lord has shared him with us, and for giving us a gift that will never be forgotten.
Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, all services will be private. Burial will take place in the Mount Washington Cemetery. Memorial gifts are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Hosparus of Louisville.
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