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Arthur J. Ludwick, retired funeral home operator Aug. 6, 1919 -- Aug. 5, 2009

Robert J. Ludwick, retired owner of Ludwick Funeral Home in Clarence Center, died Aug. 5 after a brief illness. He was 89.

Mr. Ludwick was born in Ellicottville and graduated from Ellicottville High School. He graduated summa cum laude from Cincinnati College of Embalming.

Mr. Ludwick served in the Army and was stationed in Europe during World War II.

He owned Ludwick Funeral Home in Clarence Center from 1963 until retiring in 1989.

In 1981, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce. He was also active in Clarence Presbyterian Church and was a member of Clarence Post, American Legion.

Mr. Ludwick had been a grand noble of the Independent Order of Foresters; president of the Clarence Historical Society; commander of J. Michael Hens Post 7870, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and a member of the Clarence Chamber of Commerce, Sumerset Masonic Lodge, the Buffalo Consistory and Ismailia Shrine Temple.

His first wife, Ann Coleman Luwick, died in 2004.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Dilmore, and three sons, R. David, Jeffrey M. and Scott C.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church of Clarence, 9675 Main St. Burial will be in Clarence Center Cemetery.

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