In Memory of Ernest "Catman" Ludeman

Ernest "Catman" Ludeman
Ernest "Catman" Ludeman
Born: February 20, 1922
Died: March 13, 2017
Age: 95
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Ernest "Catman" Ludeman
February 20, 1922 - March 13, 2017
From: Nevada, IA

Ernest “Catman” Ludeman, age 95, of Nevada, died surrounded by his loving family at his home on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2017, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada.  Pastor David R. Burling will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery, with military honors by William F. Ball Post No. 48 of the American Legion.   Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services on Friday. 

Born February 20, 1922, in Tornech Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Ernest Ludeman was the son of Henry and Louise (Thomas) Ludeman.  He came with his family from Germany to America as a young child, settling in the Coon Rapids area.  Ernest served in the United States Army during World War II.  While traveling on a train he met Violet Finch, who was also serving her country, working on planes to support the war effort.  They married on August 18, 1946, in Madrid, Iowa.

Following his military service, Ernest returned to Iowa where he farmed with his father, and later worked as a heavy equipment operator and farmer in the Adair and Menlo areas.  In the early 1970’s, he made his home in Nevada to be closer to his children.

Ernest was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church and the American Legion.  He was a very social man who enjoyed the company of family and friends and was always “on the go.”  His competitive streak was evident when he played pool, cribbage, and cards.  He had a natural musical ability and loved playing the accordion, harmonica, and even spoons.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty (Greg) Toot of Nevada, Janet (Donald) Konrade of Ault, CO, and Diana Lewis of Gilbert; a daughter-in-law, Shelley Ludeman of Nevada; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1999; two sons, LaVern Ludeman and Ron Gardner; his parents; and two sisters, Magda Sahl and Anita Rath.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Ernest and his family.


Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 4:45 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss, Diana. May time heal your hurt and replace with good memories.”
- Terri Nagle
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 9:07 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will certainly miss Ernie.
- Jim and carol mcbroom73
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:25 AM
“We enjoyed all our years living beside Ernie & Vi. They were always fun to have at happy hour & talk. Terry always enjoyed when Ernie joined him in the garage. After we moved away, then came back for a visit, we would make a trip to Nevada, just to look for his vehicle at home or the Legion & usually found him to visit with again. Ernie had a long happy life and happy memories will stay with us. ”
- Terry & Judy Emmons
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:07 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about your loss, he was such a special man. We sure enjoyed the good times we
were with you all. We look forward to seeing you guys shortly.
Mark & Kathy”
- Mark & Kathy Shaw
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:07 AM
“Ernie will be missed by many but, remembered by all that knew him. We enjoyed his humorous company and wit. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
- Paul & Francy Henderson
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Friday, March 17, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA


Pastor David R. Burling
Pastor Bob Edwards


Ben Lewis
Shane Griffin
Keanan Ludeman
Darren Toot


One hour prior to services
Friday, March 17, 2017
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa
Military Honors By
William F. Ball Post No. 48
of the American Legion