Arthur Lee Ludwick, Jr. died peacefully in

the early morning hours of February 24,

2008. Affectionately known as “Lud”, he was

born November 15, 1913, in Kansas City,

MO, the only child of Dr. Arthur L. Ludwick,

Sr. and Margaret Jane Gallaher Ludwick.

Early grade schooling was in different states,

while his father served as a medical officer

in the Army during the First World War. The

family finally settled in Overland Park, KS, a

suburb of Kansas City, MO, where he attended the fourth grade

through high school, graduating from Shawnee-Mission Rural

High School at the age of 16 in 1930, two months after his father

died suddenly. He received a B.S. degree from the University

of Kansas, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon social

fraternity, and his M.D. in 1936 from K.U, where he was a

member of Phi Beta Pi professional medical fraternity. He

interned at Ancker Hospital, St. Paul, MN and completed a year

of surgical residency at the Hertzler Clinic, Halstead, KS. Lud

practiced general medicine in Waterloo, IA for three years,

where he met his wife-to-be, Jean Hoyer. In 1941, Lud joined

the Iowa National Guard and he and Jean were married on

October 11th. Two months later, the Japanese bombed Pearl

Harbor and the Iowa National Guard was federalized as the 34th

Infantry Division for the duration of WWII. Lud was shipped out

on New Year’s Eve as a medical officer with the first combat

troops to train and serve in Europe. After training in Northern

Ireland for nine months, his battalion was deployed to North

Africa and Italy, where he served as regimental surgeon on the

front in 14 major engagements with the enemy. He was awarded

both the Silver Star for gallantry in action on Mount Pantata, Italy

and the Purple Heart, which was very unusual for a medical

officer. After serving overseas for 28 months, Lud was rotated

back to the U.S. in 1944, and was discharged from Active

Duty in 1946. After settling in Wenatchee in October 1945,

Dr. Ludwick practiced family medicine, including obstetrics and

surgery, for 51 years, until retiring in 1988. He was a mentor to

and respected colleague of partners, Drs. Wayne Zook, Robert

Higgins and Tom Ross and many devoted, loyal office staff. Lud

affectionately referred to the practice of medicine as, “an old


Dr. Ludwick was a member of and served in various leadership

positions for the American Academy of Family Physicians,

Washington Academy of General Practitioners, WA State

Medical Association, First Presbyterian Church, Rotary, was a

lifelong member of the Masonic Fraternity and a founding

member of the R.O.M.E.O.s (Retired Old Men Eating Out). He

enjoyed sailing on Lake Chelan, bird hunting and an occasional

game of golf. He designed and had built the infamous “Chuck

Box”, an innovative, portable, all-inclusive camp kitchen, which

his family and friends used and enjoyed at Lake Chelan State

Park for many years.

Dr. Ludwick is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean; son, Jack

(Anne) of Kirkland, WA; daughter, Peggy of Yakima, WA;

grandchildren, Katie and Lindsay Ludwick, Josh (Mollie),

Heather and Ben Henretig; great-grandchildren, Lillie and Levi

Henretig; sister-in-law, Joan (Clayton) Gullickson; niece, Mary

Gullickson (Michael) Gray; and nephews, John (Andrea), Jeff

(Catherine) Gullickson and Tom Gullickson (deceased).

Arthur Ludwick’s life was based on the principles of honor,

duty, integrity and a deep love for his country and family. Having

grown up during the Great Depression and losing his father at

age 16, he came to measure a person’s merit by not how much

money he/she earned, but by how much they saved.

He will be remembered for his devotion to the practice of

medicine, his family and his church; his courage, thoroughness,

patience, slow, steady, deliberate pace, dry wit and dead-pan

delivery, recycling (before it was fashionable), smooth dancing,

story-telling, frugality, meticulous record-keeping, old-fashioned

bedside manner, 24/7 house calls, and phenomenal memory.

He realized the importance of heritage and history and

passed down extraordinary family stories to his children and

grandchildren. He enjoyed eating home-cooked meals more

than any one we’ll ever know, and wore a hat/cap well. He

believed that perseverance was the key to success in life and

said, “I think success is being able to do the things you don’t

want to do, and doing them well.”

Special thanks to the patient and caring staff at Colonial Vista;

Dr. Tom Ross and Sherry Hawkins; all of the doctors and health

care professionals at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center who

were involved in caring for Dr. Ludwick; the CWH ER staff;

Shirley Whaley; and all the many supportive friends who spent

time with and brought cheer to Lud during this past year.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March

1, 2008, at First Presbyterian Church of Wenatchee, 1400 S.

Miller Street. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the

First Presbyterian Church of Wenatchee or the charity/non-profit

of your choice. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the

Valley, East Wenatchee.

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