Frank Ludwig Jr.
1927 - 2021
Frank Ludwig, Jr. was born in Bayfield, CO., on Sept. 7, 1927, to Henry Frank and Iza Ludwig. He passed away Oct. 15, 2021. He spent his life ranching in the Pine River Valley and Weminuche Valley north of Pagosa Springs, taking time off to serve in the Navy during World War II. In his later years, he and his wife Opal spent their winters in Wickenburg, AZ and traveled throughout the states. Jr. is remembered by many in Bayfield being the only "cowboy" who took his daily walks wearing his cowboy hat and boots.

Jr. was preceded in death by wife Opal, son Preston, parents H. Frank and Iza, brother Carl and sister Jewell Ludwig LePlatt. He is survived by brothers: Roy of Covington, WA, Kenneth (Derlyn) of Salt Lake City, UT; son Murray (Rhonda) of Lead Hill, AR; grandchildren: Chad of Diamond City, AR, Makesha (Matthew) of Dallas, TX; great-grandson Adam; great-great-grandson Brandon of Plano TX; Nephews: Gerald (Phyllis), Clayton (Mary) of Bayfield, Mark Ludwig of Covington WA, Herb LePlatt (Betsy) of Chanhassen, MN, Duane of Aurora, CO, Larry (Sue) Leighton of Dolores, CO, Glenn Leighton of Cortez, CO; nieces: Mary of Aurora, CO, Julie Diamond of Salt Lake City, UT, Kathy Elliot of Bayfield, CO and numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces.

He was very active in the local Elks Club, Cattlemen's Association, and former board member of Basin Co-Op, Los Pino Ditch Co. and Schroder Ditch Co. He was thought of as the "patriarch" of the Ludwig families in Bayfield and will be missed by family and friends.

Graveside service will be at Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Upper Pine River Fire District, 515 Sower Dr., Bayfield, CO 81122.
Published by Pine River Times on Oct. 19, 2021.
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Graveside service
Pine River Cemetery
Bayfield , CO
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Junior and Opal were very important people to me when I was growing up. Remembering many memories of my Dad, Mom, Uncle Phil and Aunt Rosalie, the Ryans and all of us kids together. Sincere condolences.
Judi McConnel Dyer
October 28, 2021
Junior and Opal were close friends of our family from before I was born. Junior was there and an important part in many of the most enjoyable times of my life. I'll always remember his grin and fun-loving spirit. He surely will be missed!
Judy Carmack Green
October 19, 2021
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