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Obituary for Ivan Ludington Jr.

Ivan Ludington, Jr. age 87 of Rochester, passed away on December 1, 2012. He was the loving husband of the late Joann Fairchild Ludington and dear father to their son Michael (Christin) Ludington Fairchild. Survived also by his first wife Barbara E. Ludington, beloved father to their children Susan (Randall) Gillary, Dana (Judy) Ludington, David (Karen) Ludington and the late Ivan Ludington, III. Cherished grandfather of Emily (Duane) Kucinich, Jennifer (Scott) Gregory, Katherine Gillary, the late Kimberly Gillary, Ian Ludington, David Ludington, Erin Ludington, Kathleen Ludington, Elle Fairchild and Great-Grandfather of Jacob Kucinich. Ivan was the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ludington News Company, a family business formed in 1921 by his grandfather Lewis Ludington. He attended the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Ivan was always very committed to helping his community. In 1952 he joined the Bloomfield Village Fire Department. He served on the department for 15 years, the last 5, as Chief. When Ivan relocated to Detroit, he continued his commitment to the community by serving on the Boards of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hutzel Hospital, Brighton Hospital, and the Detroit Public Library Commission. He was also a past President of the Detroit Athletic Club. Ivan’s favorite recreation was spending time with his family at his summer home in Harbor Beach, Michigan. The home had been in his family for more than 140 years. He is loved by his family and friends alike for his integrity, warm heart, and his love for “Gin Rummy”. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012, 12:00 noon, at the Potere– Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Suggested memorials to the Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation, 201 W. Big Beaver Rd., Ste. 1020, Troy, MI 48084 (www.kimberlysgift.org) or Mariner’s Church of Detroit, 170 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226.

201 W. Big Beaver Suite 1020, Troy, Michigan 48084

170 East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48226


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Visitation

Saturday

8

Dec

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Potere-Modetz Funeral Home

339 Walnut Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48307

Service

Saturday

8

Dec

12:00 PM
Potere-Modetz Funeral Home

339 Walnut Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48307

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