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Saturday, January 6, 2018
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
United Church of Christ
3530 70th Street


Saturday, January 6, 2018


Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Stephen Ludwick

Des Moines

Stephen Ludwick, 69, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017, at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Stephen was born December 1, 1948, in California, to John and Rosie Ludwick. He graduated from North High School in Des Moines. He went on to earn his Bachelor degree in Human Services from Grandview College and worked as a social worker for many years. He married Carrie in 1991 in Des Moines. Stephen was an outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. He loved reading, playing video games, and watching TV. Stephen was full of knowledge on a variety of subjects. He was very caring and giving, and he loved his children and his grandchildren above all else.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie; children, Eric, Andrea, Jason, Desira, Nicole, and Rob; grandchildren, Will, Wyatt, Jonathan, Michael, Conner, Sierra, Sofia, Ariel, Alexa, Keygan, and Landon; father, John; sister, Geri; and many other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie and his grandson, Hunter.

A celebration of life will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at United Church of Christ, 3530 70th Street, Urbandale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in loving memory of Stephen.

Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.