Port St. Lucie, FL.
Joseph E. "Joe" Ludick 91, passed away Dec. 27th. He was born in Kent to Andrew and Anna Ludick on March 16, 1922. He graduated from Kent Roosevelt in 1940 and was working for the Erie Railroad when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Joe joined the Marines and ended up on Guadalcanal with the 1st Marine Division. After a few bouts with malaria, Joe was sent to New Zealand. Eventually Joe was sent back to the states and enrolled in Officers Training School at Oberlin College. He was at Oberlin until the war ended and he was discharged. Joe married his high school sweetheart, Roberta Fitzgerald and they moved to Miami, Florida where he attended law school, graduating in 1950 from the University of Miami.
He opened a law office in North Miami and in 1951 he was elected Mayor of the city. He served as Mayor, Judge, Commissioner and on numerous city boards for the next 20 years. He started the Little League in North Miami. Cardinal great Steve Carlton and Red Sox Tony Torchia started out under his coaching.
While living in North Miami, Joe was a founding member of Holy Family School and Church, the K. of C. and chapter of the Elks Club.
Joe and his wife Roberta did a lot of hybridizing hibiscus, many of which are cultivated around the world today. He holds a U.S. Patient on his hibiscus, "Jo Anne Boulin" named after his daughter.
Joe was an avid fisherman. He fished in Mexico, the Bahamas and Tortugas and all ports of Florida with landings in places in Islamorada and Chokoloskee.
Mr. Ludick retired from law practice in 1995 and moved to Port St. Lucie where he and Roberta celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. His wife, Roberta, passed away in 2001. He is predeceased by three brothers, Gerald Ludick, Norman Ludick, George "Ted" Ludick, and a sister Matilda "Tillie" Wunderle. He is survived by his daughter, Jo Anne Boulin, of Port St. Lucie, two grandchildren, Joelle Buzby of Bernardsville, N.J. and Brett Boulin of Easton, Pa., five great-grand children, and a brother, Ken Ludick of Rootstown, Ohio. Cremation has taken place.