Damian "Skip" Ludwig

Born January 5th, 1949. Died October 31st , 2020 from complications of Covid. Damian was born in Harvey, ND to Michael and Theresia Ludwig. He grew up and was schooled in Fargo, ND. Damian married his high school sweetheart, Carol Ann Herrick in 1968 and they set out on life’s adventure that lasted 52 years. The adventure included 8 years in the United States Air Force including a tour in Viet Nam and three years as a crew member with Air Force rescue in Alaska. Damian retired after 22 years as an air traffic controller in 2000. Damian retired at the early age of 51 to their home at the lake. Before that, they raised three daughters, moved 13 times living in 5 different states. From lake living Damian and Carol bought an RV and traveled for many years including New Orleans to help with the 2005 hurricane cleanup. The experiences of the American dream like camping and traveling and snow birding in Arizona. Damian taught himself to play the guitar, was an avid wood carver, enjoyed sewing Hardanger and liked to fish. Damian demonstrated his deep faith in God by living each day being a loving husband, father, brother, Papa and friend. His deep faith in God was an example of how he lived each day of his life. Damian is survived by the love of his life, Carol Ann Ludwig. The treasures of his heart, his daughters: Julie Ann (Craig) Dallmann of Lake Park, MN, Jennifer (Scott) Fell of Fargo, ND, Jaci (Jamie) Hart of Lake Park, MN, and 6 grandchildren: Cayla (Marc) Mosser, Kyle Dallmann, Tanner (Jazzmyn) Hart, Tristan Hart, Samantha Fell, Caleb Fell and 6 great grandchildren: Easton and Sloan Mosser, Rhett Dallmann, Hudson Hart, Paxton Rude, Paislee Rude. Damian was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Caleb Fell. There will be no funeral services as Damian’s gift to all of you is to reduce the risk of Covid. He did not want another person to suffer in pain the way he did.

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  1. Dear Carol Ann and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God’s peace and comfort guide you through this difficult time.
    Eric & Lynn Glatt and family

  2. Our deepest condolences. Skip was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Dear Carol (Cookie),

    I just heard the news about Skip and I’m just so so sorry to hear about this. It was a true honor to have you as my neighbors for over 8 years, you two were always so nice and kind to me. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this extremely difficult time.

  4. Dear, Carol, Julie, Jennifer, Jaci & Families…There are no words of comfort I can think of to say that could ease the pain you are feeling or take the hurt away. Simply know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Praying you’ll sense God’s peace in a way that brings rest to your heart.

  5. Carol and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers for you all at this difficult time. Hugs

    Marchell and Chad

  6. So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Skip was a great guy. We enjoyed him immensely at Tamarac Lake. Always a smile on his face, even during the tornado! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  7. Cookie & family:
    So sorry for your loss of Skip. Dave and I were your old Tamarac Lake neighbors when we had the tornado wreck everything.
    I lost Dave after 52 years of marriage 5 months ago during this terrible covid time. He supposedly got a sepsis toe, spinal meningitis and complete paralysis and spent almost 4 weeks in the hospital ICU without a family member. I know how hard this is for you! Know I am thinking of you!

  8. I want to send my thoughts and prayers to all of you. I worked with Skip at GFK AFSS and he was such a fun and decent human being. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Cookie, I am so sorry to hear about Skip. We enjoyed knowing him and working with him on the AJ First project. Know that you are in our prayers.

  10. Dear Carol I know you don’t know me I am Florence Bruner (Ludwig) Damian parents were my Uncle & Aunt so sorry to hear about our cousin our prayers go out to you &your family may God Bless you

  11. Damian will be missed. I remember him as a young teenager who loved to do tricks on the rings that were in their back yard. His dad was my great uncle. We’d see them a lot when we lived in Fargo, but missed a lot of his and his family’s life after we moved.

  12. Carol and Family, My heart goes out to you. May God’s love bring you peace and strength. Damian is now in the arms of our Father.

  13. Carol. Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Damian at the VA, when he was there with his father.

  14. Dear Aunt Carol and the entire Ludwig family,
    Uncle Damian was a wonderful man that will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at this difficult time. We hope God can bring some peace and comfort to your hearts.

    Sending our love,

    Jonathan, Meghan and Adalynn Schmidt

  15. CarolAnn,

    I treasure the times I had with you and Skip. God’s love is a light that can reach all corners of the earth. Lend your worries to Him and know that you are loved. I am praying for you and your family in your grief. God Bless all of you.

  16. My dear Carol (Cookie) and family,
    I was given the sad news of Skip’s passing a short time ago. What a shock! What wonderful neighbors you were! Skip helped with fixing several things around my home. You and Skip were so kind and friendly and would do anything for you. Know that I am thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. Heaven has gained another “angel.” Skip will be showing everyone his woodworking skills. Hugs…

  17. Cookie & Family~ I am so deeply sorry for your loss! My son & I were blessed to have you for neighbors for so many years!! Skip will surely be missed by anyone who met him~ his kind heart will forever be remembered. Life can be so unfair! Prayers at this difficult time ~ Much love being sent from Shawn & I. 🙏❤️
    RIP Skip

  18. Cookie,

    I am so sorry for you and your family. Skip was a fantastic man and role model. He was a true inspiration. He shared his joy for life with all. My prayers are for you and yours.

  19. Cookie, girls and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. May all the wonderful memories bring you peace during this time. He was a great and kind man. Your guardian angel is watching over all of you. Sending hugs and sympathy.

  20. Our dear friend Damian (“Skip” to us) left such a positive impact on us and so many others. We miss him, however we know he is in the presence of our Lord.

    Peace and comfort to his family.

  21. I worked with Skip in Grand Forks, he always brought a smile to work. He was kind, helpful and had a great sense of humor. Although I have not seen Skip in a while, my heart is missing him greatly with the sad news of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  22. Cookie, Jaci, Julie, Jen and families,
    My heart breaks at this news. Sorry for your loss doesn’t begin to express the pain and sorrow I feel for you. Skip was such a ray of sunshine to anyone who had the benefit of meeting him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

  23. Dear Carol, you and your family are in my prayers. I always enjoyed visiting with him when your mom had birthday celebrations, or even running into both of you at the store. God Bless

  24. So very sorry for your loss Cookie and family. I don’t know if you remember me, but Verg and Julie were great friends of mom and dad (Cub and Avis Ekness). RIP Damian.
    Mona (Ekness) Baker, Wendell Ekness and Avis Ekness

  25. Carol and family. Our prayers and love. Skip was always there to help no matter how busy he was. It was great you guys had all these years to enjoy retirement. God Bless.. Uncle Mike and Darlene

  26. Jaci, Jamie and all your family. Losing someone ,one has loved all their life is such a tough thing. My prayers are with you all.

  27. Carol and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Damian. I remember you both very well from St. Anthony’s school.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mary Bernier

  28. Dear Carol and Family,

    I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Damian.

    Occasionally our paths would cross in life, enough for me to know, that Damian will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

    You are in my thoughts and my heart goes out to you.

    Wishing you peace and comfort,

  29. I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Damian. We played on the same FCH football team and knew him well from school. I remember how nice he was and his great smile. I was very happy to see what a wonderful life he lived.

  30. Carol, my heart breaks for you and the family. I have such fond memories of both of you during high school at Fargo Central! Your life together is what it means to meet your soul mates. May our Heavenly Father be with you and the family.

    Betty (Vraa) Ranney

  31. Cookie we were so taken back by this news. We so appreciated the work you and Skip did in establishing the Tamarac Lake Association. Your devoted work on such a tough task was so commendable. We continue to benefit from that work today. In addition your devotion to establishing a community at the lake with public gatherings to allow members and neighbors to meet and greet. This legacy will forever be appreciated and benefited by future folks who will never know the work involved. Both of you being shy about taking credit for anything, it’s no surprise Skip continued to think about others even with the funeral consideration. He will be missed, but his work here will go on. Blessings…

  32. Cookie and family… I was a co-worker of Skip’s for about 14 years. As reflect on those days, it is hard to remember him without a slight mischievous grin, as he enjoyed playing a practical joke on an occasion or two (more than a few of those made me the target). However, in addition to this fun-loving part of him, was the heart of a kind and caring person who would always be there to help his family and friends. He is missed! May God comfort you during this time.

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