Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
William “Bill” Ludwig Memorial
William “Bill” Ludwig Memorial

William “Bill” Ludwig

William “Bill” Ludwig

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

William “Bill” Benjamin Ludwig, age 85, a longtime resident of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021, at his family home.  Bill was born August 14, 1936, in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Benjamin and Louise (Higgins) Ludwig.

Bill moved to Washington as a young child, living in various places before settling in Sedro-Woolley at the age of 19.  Bill met his love, Arlene at her family’s locally owned ice cream shop; they married a couple of years later and were married for 64 years.  Bill worked in mills, for a good part of his life, sold real estate and worked at the Sedro-Woolley School District, where he worked as the high school custodian and the Tennis Coach.  His hobbies included racing pigeons and woodworking.  He spent countless hours in his woodshop and many family members have a treasured piece of his work in their homes.  Bill was very active in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as the Grand Knight.  He also spent many years coaching Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball when his children were young.  Bill’s favorite memories are from get togethers, camping trips and card games with Arlene, friends and family.

Bill is survived by his wife, Arlene; sister, Betty Demadura; children, Laurie Kukrecht, Gary and his wife, Kathy Ludwig, Mike and his wife, Kim Ludwig; grandchildren, Jessica (Kelly) Viers, Jennifer Carpenter, Bubba Carpenter, John (Kayla) Ludwig, Jason Ludwig, Kaitlin Ludwig; great grandchildren, Alyssa, Eric, Brooklyn, Chassidy, Camden, Caylee, Izeyah, Henry and Hadley; great great grandchildren; Owen, Aiden and Evan; many nieces, nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Larry Ludwig.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 719 Ferry Street, Sedro-Woolley at 11:00, Monday, October 25, 2021, Father Jim Dalton celebrating, followed by a Committal Service at Union Cemetery, Sedro-Woolley.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, or Hospice of the Northwest.  Share your memories of Bill and sign the online guest register.


  • Coleen Lowrance-Lupardus

    Sorry for your loss Laurie and family. I always remember your dad as a happy funny man who was nice to everyone. Your in my thoughts.

  • Beth (Suryan) Piotto

    Bill made my childhood fun. He had the heart of a child and he was a character. I was blessed to have Bill and Arlene as my God parents. They were very present in my life. I’m grateful for that. My heart grieves with the Ludwig family. Bill will be missed as he is a original. Rest In Peace Bo.
    Love Beth

  • Sandy & Don Ruyle

    Sandy & I remember all the good time we have had with Bill and Arlene. Playing cards and the monthly dinners. May God be with Bill’s family at this time.

  • Richard Swearingen

    Bill made our acquaintance shortly after moving into our new home up the hill on Teak Lane. He remained a dear and valued supporting friend throughout the years . Always available to help and support our family throughout years residing in Skagit Valley. We have so many great memories of fun times spent working projects together. Bill was a Master of wood working. Spent many hours helping him construct and refurbish furniture for our Church and friends . He shared his skills by setting the example of serving the needs and wants of others. A great gentleman , a Christian gentleman, a true friend. We will always remember Bill ,with a smile, as we recall our days sharing life along the road of life .
    May God grant our beloved Friend eternal life in Heaven enjoying peace with his family and friends.
    We are saddened for Arlene and family at the loss of husband, father, grandfather. We will all miss his brilliant smile and positive words .

    Our love,
    Richard and Connie Swearingen

  • Alyssa carpenter

    Grandpa I will miss you dearly. You taught me so much when I was younger. Your were my rock my best bud when there was so much craziness going on. Climbing that tree in your back yard, finding snails, mowing the lawn, rolling down the hill, going to church and lighting the candles, helping out in the church, going to McDonald’s after church, the list can go on and on. You were the best grandpa ever and I am so happy that my kids got to meet you. You touched so many peoples Hearts ♥️ You will be missed by so many. It’s not goodbye it’s see you soon. I love you grandpa

  • Tina Rexroth

    To all of Bill’s family, we send much love, comfort, sympathy for your loss. May your memories sustain you in the coming months. Dad and I will say a Rosary in Bill’s honor. God bless you all. Bill you have earned your place in Heaven, rest easy, Sincerely Julius Schulze and Tina Schulze Rexroth

  • Jennifer Carpenter

    Grandpa I will miss u always you were a great man I wish I was there more but I always have our great memories from when we were at the woods to penticton I loved spending time with u or if it was just in your shop were you would hide all ur cookies and stuff I no I’ll see u again I love you and Brooklyn says she loves you grandpa pill and to take care of pebbles ❤ 💙 ♥ 💗 💖 💕 she thinks and talks about you often we love you more than anything love u grandpa

  • Jessica Viers (Carpenter)

    Grandpa I will miss you always. Thank you for always being there for me. I will see you again one day I know it. I am so sorry I didn’t call more. Your great grandchildren talk about all the time they have shared with you. I love you 😘

  • Mark Suryan

    Bill was a good man with a big heart. A family friend for as far back as I can remember, through good times and very difficult times. Bill loved life and having a good time. He would have just as much fun as the young children while playing games. I always appreciated his positive outlook and happiness when we were together. My deepest condolences to the Ludwig family for their loss, know that the Suryan family grieves deeply with you.
    Rest in peace Bill, until we meet again.
    Mark Suryan