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Colonel Joseph Ludvik

November 4, 1928January 4, 2021
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Army Colonel Joseph “Joe” Ludvik, passed away on January 4, 2021 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Joe was born on November 4, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Frank and Stella Ludvik. Joseph was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Cleo Marie Ryan Ludvik; parents, Frank and Stella; brother, James and son-in-law, Tony Neydon. He is survived by his sons, Frank (Cheryl O’Connor), Tommy (Suzanne Bohensteil) and Jeff (Cheryl Selig); daughters, Nancy (Tony Linsangan) and Beth (Mike Younkin); grandchildren, Whitney, Matthew, Maggie, Taylor, Tanner, Beth, Scott, Joe (SaVoyne), Dyithia (Joe Roach), Courtney Neydon, Ryan and Sarah and great-grandchildren, Beck, Wyatt, Ava and Lincoln. Joe was fond of many people in his extended family including his nephews, Jim, Keith and Tom Ludvik, Rocky, John and Tim Gregory; niece, Sherrie Ludvik Taylor along with Patty Moerschell, Jenny Ludvik and Chelsea Raum.

Joe graduated from Chicago Illinois’ Farragut High School in 1947. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and travelled the world, attained the rank of Colonel in the Army and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal upon retirement. He was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows serving as a Past District Deputy Grand Master, representative to the Grand Lodge of Virginia, Secretary and Noble Grand of the Lafayette Lodge #9. When Joe wasn’t serving as a Traffic Manager with the U.S. Navy, he was telling the corniest ‘DAD’ jokes you have ever heard, playing golf, tailgating at ODU football games, attending ODU basketball games, playing with his grandkids, supporting his local Independent Order of Odd Fellows chapter, and watching Cubs or Bears games from his hometown of Chicago.

There will be a public memorial visitation on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens at 6329 E. VA Beach, Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502. Due to the restrictions set by Governor Northam the memorial service will be private, but available to view on Facebook Live via Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Garden's Facebook page. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.WoodlawnNorfolk.com. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Plaza and Courthouse Rescue Squads.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Memorial Service with Livestream

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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  • Inurnment

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Mary, Roger, Rachel, & Marlee Warren

January 17, 2021

We are so thankful we were a part of “Grandpa Joe’s” life. He was a giving uplifting spirit who took joy in hugs and making both children and adults laugh. We will miss him. Our prayers to your family.

Kent, Aimee, Kiera, and Kaleigh Phillips

January 16, 2021

We are so grateful for the time that we had to get to know Joe. We always enjoyed seeing him and talking to him after church. Joe always showed genuine concern and care for our family. He loved you all well, and he was well-loved.
Our deepest sympathy,
Kent, Aimee, Kiera, and Kaleigh

Rod &Tena Bartholomew

January 16, 2021

We were privileged and honored to know Grandpa Joe. We first met Joe when he would come to visit Beth, Tony and the girls in Michigan. It was so cool to see how traveled to see them. On our many trips to Virginia Beach, we always enjoyed his company and how he was up for most anything. From beaches, to Busch Gardens, to golfing, finding local tourist spots or most anything else, we always enjoyed having him along! Like many others, our children called him , "Grandpa Joe." He was after all part of our Virginia Beach family. We were happy that you were able to spend one last Christmas together. Please know that we are praying for and thinking of all of you. Thank you Mike and Beth for all that you did for Grandpa Joe! We miss him greatly! Love Rod and Tena and family

Bonnie Harris

January 16, 2021

Having raised my kids next door to his daughter Beth and family, our children quickly adopted Grandpa Joe like all the other kids that he came in contact with. What a positive roll model on how to lead a grand and prosperous life. He is remembered so fondly and will be missed

Amy Gardner

January 15, 2021

So sorry for the loss of your father🙏

JOHN MARTIN

January 15, 2021

On behalf of the Tidewater Seniors golf association, I am sending our deepest condolences and sympathies to Joe's family. Joe was a very popular member of our golfing group. We were sorry that he was not able to play golf with us in recent years, and he will surely be missed.

John J. Martin
President, TSIGA

Bob Morrison

January 12, 2021

I send my sincere sympathy and condolences to the family of Joe Ludvik. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. He will surely be missed by his large family and many friends. I first met Joe when I was invited to join the "Odd Fellows" a few years ago. We had some common background as former Civil Service employees at the Norfolk Naval Station, and we shared many memories and experiences from our past. We were both huge sports fans and enjoyed discussing his Chicago Cubs and my New York Yankees. In spite of the horrible COVID Virus, which curtailed our normal meeting schedule, Joe called me regularly to check on my well being. Joe was truly a dedicated and inspirational leader to our "Odd Fellows" membership. May God bless his loving family in their time of sorrow.

Bob Morrison

Steven Hardt

January 12, 2021

To those touched by Joe Ludvik,

When ODU started playing football again in 2009, we meet a group of tailgaters not far from our tailgate spot. This group was comprised of friends and family members of the Ludvik family. We even sat in the same section as this group in the stadium cheering on the Monarchs. The patriarch of this group was Joe. Joe always greeted me warmly with a firm handshake and a joyous smile while Rebecca got a big hug. We enjoyed interacting with him and others in the group and will always treasure the times we spent with them.
Rebecca and I would like to express our condolences in regards to Joe’s death. For Christians, death is a time of countless emotions. Many of these emotions are associated to love. Because of God’s love for us, we are graced with everlasting life. Because of your love for Joe, you mourn the loss of a love one that touched your life in special and unique ways: a man who was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a veteran and a friend.

Hopefully, you can look back lovingly at Joe’s life here on earth and rejoice about his new life in Heaven. From our own experiences with the death of a love one, Rebecca and I realize their spirit remains with us. We have no doubt Joe’s spirit will remain with you as you continue through this journey called life.

Rebecca and I pray that you find comfort during this time and that you and your love ones continue to make and share countless memories together.

Sincerely,

Steve and Rebecca Hardt

Patricia Andrews

January 11, 2021

Joe was my supervisor for many years at Navy Material Transportation Office. He was always kind, a real gentleman, and I am sad for his family. He will be dearly missed. Rest in peace, Joe.

Patsy (Whitley) Andrews
Virginia Beach, VA

JAN STEVENSON- Hoehne(Haney)

January 10, 2021

I’m so sorry for the passing of your dear father and father-in-law in this most difficult time! You both and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers...
I worked with TOM & SUZANNE both at PIEDMONT AIRLINES & U.S . AIR(WAYS) at NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ORF) you both are such kind and sweet people!! and we had such great days working together! I have such sweet memories of all our times together and really miss that-being with you both. For comfort please feel invited to attend services at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of NORFOLK (firstnorfolk.org) where I have been a member since 1980. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! Sincerely -YOUR FOREVER FRIEND—✝️
, JAN STEVENSON

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