Michael T. Ludvigsen Sr.
August 29, 1931 – July 9, 2018
Michael Terry Ludvigsen Age 86 a native of Mobile, a resident of Fairhope and formerly of Gulf Shores and Pensacola died July 9, 2018 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope.
He was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life Mary Elizabeth Holcombe Ludvigsen. He is survived by his children Michael Jr (Mary) of Gulf Shores AL, Patrick (Leanne) of Jacksonville FL, Joseph (Kate) of Clermont FL, Timothy of Pensacola FL, Elizabeth Tessin (Craig) of Woodbridge VA, one sister June Ludvigsen Shoemyer (Jim), 13 Grandchildren and one Great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was a 1951 graduate of McGill Institute. Following his graduation his love of airplanes led him to enlist in the Airforce. He reported to Gunter AFB in August where he became an Aeromedical Technician. He would assist with wounded being transported out of Korea and back to Hawaii. In 1955 following his discharge he came back to Mobile and began classes at Springhill College in pre-engineering. He went to work for Eastern Airlines and then back to work for the Airforce in civil service at Brookley Field in the supply depot. During this time he was involved with the Theater Guild and the Mobile Adult Catholic group, and as it happened so was mom. So began their love affair and in October of 1959 they were married at St Mary.
In 1965 dad finally realized his dream of working on airplanes. He was accepted into the apprenticeship program at the Naval Air Rework Facility NAS Pensacola. Where he work on both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. He retired after more than 33 years of active duty and civil service. He operated Sea Search & Sales, a small but successful marine electronics business out of our home for more than 10 years. He had numerous jobs following his retirement highlighting his ability to do almost anything. And he could build almost anything. He built his own HAM radio, metal detector, amplifier, underwater viewing box and many things we needed around the house.
Life with dad was always an adventure and mom was always his willing if not always eager partner. He loved all things outdoors. He hunted and fished, was an avid bird watcher and an accomplished photographer. We camped, boated, searched for buried treasure, panned for gemstones, dove ship wrecks and never missed a chance to attend an air show. We traveled staying in state and national parks along the way, visiting historic sites, family and friends.
Dad was active in the community. He was a leader with the Boy Scouts of America and was Scout Master of troop 101 in Warrington, earning the Scouter’s Key and was nominated for the St George Emblem and served on the committee for Pack 604. He served on the Parish Council at St John’s and was an officer in the Escambia County Association of Children with Learning Disabilities was active with the Ft Morgan Civic Association and was always ready to help when called upon.
Dad received his Private Pilot license in the 1950’s and became SCUBA certified NASDS and NAUI in the 1960’s. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd degree, Pensacola Naval Air Station Association, Pensacola Rifle and Pistol Club, Pensacola Historical Society, Pensacola Archaeological Society, West Florida Genealogical Society, Early American Society, Cousteau Society, International Oceanographic Foundation, National Audubon Society, National Geographic Society and a Life member of the National Rifle Association.
Visitation will be held at Radney Funeral Home, Mobile, Alabama, on Friday, July 20, beginning at 5 pm. Funeral Mass will be held July 21 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mobile, Alabama with graveside committal to follow at Magnolia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans or a Veterans Organization of your choice.
- Herman Ludvigsen, Father
- Gwendonyn Terry Ludvigsen, Mother
- Mary Elizabeth Holcombe Ludvigsen, Wife
- June & James Shoemyer, Sister and Brother-in-law
- Michael T. & Mary Ludvigsen Jr., Son and Daughter-in-law
- Patrick & Leanne Ludvigsen, Son and Daughter-in-law
- Joseph & Kate Ludvigsen, Son and Daughter-in-law
- Timothy Ludvigsen, Son
- Elizabeth & Craig Tessin, Daughter and Son-in-law
- Brian Ludvigsen, Grandson
- Christopher Ludvigsen, Grandson
- Nicholas & Kelsey Ludvigsen, Grandson and Granddaughter-in-law
- Elise Tessin, Granddaughter
- Jessica Ludvigsen, Granddaughter
- Brad Tessin, Grandson
- James Ludvigsen, Grandson
- Sydney Ludvigsen, Granddaughter
- Delaney Ludvigsen, Granddaughter
- Mary Ludvigsen, Granddaughter
- William Ludvigsen, Grandson
- Catherine Ludvigsen, Granddaughter
- Holly Ludvigsen, Granddaughter
- Owen Ludvigsen, Great Grandson
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Radney Funeral Home-Mobile
3155 Dauphin Street
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary Catholic Church
1453 Old Shell Rd.
Michael T. Ludvigsen Sr.
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Bill and Janet Castellano
July 15, 2018
Patrick Ludvigsen & Immediate Family,
We are at a lost for words during these sorrowful times you're facing for both your Mom's and now your Dad's passing.
We pray that in the midst of your sorrow, you will find comfort in all the joyful memories shared with your MOM and DAD.
Janet and Bill Castellano
July 13, 2018
What a great guy. We were good friends while in the USAF during the Korean War and afterwards.