Ronald W. Ladwig, 82

Ronald W. “Ron” Ladwig of Jackson died on Feb. 14, 2011 at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in the town of West Bend at the age of 82.
He was born on April 12, 1928, in Milwaukee to the late Walter and Irma (nee Riebe) Ladwig.

On Dec. 30, 1950, he was united in marriage to Evangeline (nee Suhm) at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

Ron enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, he returned to the Milwaukee area.
In 1962, he and his family moved to Hubertus where he resided until settling in Jackson in 1970. Ron worked as a tool and die maker for many years at both Lakeside Bridge & Steel and also for Rose Company in Milwaukee. After his retirement he was employed part time with Jim Murray Inc. in Germantown.
Ron had a great love of the outdoors and shared that with his family by taking yearly trips “up north” to Mercer. Ron was an avid fisherman and hunter in his younger years. He enjoyed fishing on inland lakes as well as Lake Michigan. He is a former member of the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Club, Ozaukee County. Ron had a great love of animals and will surely be missed by his best bud, Charlie (his Brittany Spaniel).

Ron was a charter member of Living Word Lutheran Church where he was active in different areas. He was also a member of VFW Post 7240 in Jackson.

Survivors include four children, Lynne (Eric) Thorin of West Bend, Mike (Debbie) of Cascade, William of Jackson and Lori (Dan) Burback of Kewaskum; one son-in-law Mike Nichols of Spooner; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; special friend Jodi Clesen of West Bend, three brothers-in-law, Sherwin Wittke of Superior, Steve (Joan) Suhm of Oshkosh and Fred “Elbert” Suhm of Arizona; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Evangeline, two children Dennis Ladwig and Cindy Nichols, two brothers Tom and Jim, two sisters Ruth and Carol, one brother-in-law Richard Hug and three sisters-in-law Toni Suhm, Judy Suhm and Karen Ladwig.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at Living Word Lutheran Church, 2240 Living Word Lane, Jackson, with military honors to follow the services at church. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church only on Saturday from noon until 1:45 p.m.

Memorials to Living Word Lutheran Church are appreciated.

The family would especially like to thank Jodi Clesen for her friendship and special care for Ron, Dr. Tony Guthrie for his guidance and the staff at Cedar Community for their excellent care of Ron.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of Jackson is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at