THOMAS G. LUDFORD

Thomas

 

Thomas G. Ludford, age 72, of Victoria, died on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 of leukemia at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia.

Funeral services will be held at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 50th and Knox, Minneapolis, on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at First Lutheran Cemetery, Ellendale.

Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Thomas G, the son of James D. and Mathilda (Hanson) Ludford, was born on April 11, 1938 in Mason City, IA. He married Marian A. Tepfer on May 24, 1959 in Danube. Tom graduated from Owatonna High School in 1957 and served in the US Army. He began his law enforcement career at age 21, serving in various city and county departments. He achieved his goal of being on the Minnesota State Patrol in 1968, serving 30 years and retiring in 1998. He returned to the State Patrol to conduct Internal Affairs investigations, retiring again in 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marian; two sons, Scott (and Sue Ellen) Ludford of Winona and J.D. (and Chris) Ludford of Waconia; and four granddaughters, Madison, Alexandra, Kaethe and Annaliese.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald; and an infant daughter, Kathleen.

Memorials may be directed to various Mt. Olivet ministries or to the donorís choice.


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Name: JoAnne Havelka
Email: ojjo1@charter.net
Date: Thursday October 14, 2010

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Tom was one of the first people I met when I started working for the Steele County Welfare office. He was a great member of the Sheriff's Dept and I needed help many times with clients. He and Bud could always be counted on to help and I really appreciated them. Tom was a good man and I hope all goes well for your family. His life was too short! I am sending a memorial to the Owatonna Foundation in his name. God bless your family. JoAnne (Thomas) Havelka

Name: Pat and Deb O'Malley
Email: herrless1@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 10, 2010

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J.D. and Chris, I just read the sad news about the passing of your father and father-in-law, Thomas. Although I never had the chance to meet him, it sure sounded like he was well-liked, respected and a true professional. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Lucy Zak Rouse
Email: lczrouse@bellsouth.net
Date: Sunday October 10, 2010

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Tom and I were High School classmates. He and I reconnected via e-mail only 4 months before his death. I feel blessed that we had that short time. Tom was a very special person. I know he is at a much better place now. Please accept my condolences at this time. My thoughts and prayers for the family to give you comfort at this time of sadness. Lucy Zak Rouse

Name: Scott Groth
Email: floors4u@frontier.com
Date: Thursday October 07, 2010

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Thanks to Tom my wife,Joni, and I were able to purchase our home. Tom had a way with Martha, and luckily convinced her that we were good people. Tom always took time to stop in the store and tell us some stories of his past in the building or of somebody in town. We will miss him. Our prayers are with his family.

Name: Karen Potter
Email: karenpot@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday October 07, 2010

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I met Tom in 1993 when I came back to State Employment at D2500. What a guy - very pationate about his job, great with people, excellent to work with. He always had a smile, and good conversation. I have such respect for Tom. He spoke very highly of his family (Marian, the boys, and his grandaughters). He was very professional, respectful of others, willing to help in any way he could. Tom was a class act. He will be dearly missed by all. God Bless you Marian and Family -

Name: Joyce Matejcek
Email:
Date: Thursday October 07, 2010

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A Kellford place friend sending her condolences.

Name: Brian and Deb Boldt
Email: bboldt203@gmail.com
Date: Thursday October 07, 2010

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We have such great memeories of Tom. He was so professional, upbeat, kind, and generous. Brian really enjoyed working along side him as a trooper and friend. Owatonna's residents remember him as one of their own that they were blessed to know. God bless you-- I'm sure your hearts are heavy, but you have so many great memories.

Name: Gil and Sharon Kubicek
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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I remember Tom on my first day of work at the LEC in Owatonna as he was assisting me in Dispatch while the Department was gone to another employees funeral in August of 73. There were many good memories. We enjoyed your visit this last August to our home up North. Our sympathy to you Marian and family.

Name: Darlene Frederickson
Email: DarleneMSHP@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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I will always remember Tom as a true gentleman and sincere friend who was soft-spoken and compassionate with others. In all the years that I knew and worked with Tom I do not remember ever hearing anyone speak of him without good words and great respect. I especially remember a multi-page letter that we received many years ago in the District Office at Rochester in which a man who Tom had arrested for drunk driving wrote commending Tom for his actions during and after the arrest process and how Tom's handling of that situation had changed his life and attitude and made him a better person. No doubt many others had their lives changes positively after having coming in contact with Tom. He was an exceptional and gracious person and will always be highly regarded in my memory. My sincere sympathy to Marian and the family. Tom always spoke highly of you and was very proud of all of you. Although I will not be in attendance at the visitation or service on Friday due to another commitment that day, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the days and weeks that lie ahead. God keep you all, along with Tom, in His everlasting and loving care. Darlene Frederickson Retired Clerical Worker

Name: Jerome Feigum
Email: Jerome.Feigum@state.mn.us
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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Tom will be greatly missed. He was one of the first troopers I had contact with when I started in 1995. He was confident yet humble and a man to be admired. If there was one man that I would want to try to emulate it would be Tom. MY family and I will keep you in our prayers.

Name: Tony Nechanicky
Email: necton57@msn.com
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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I want to express my sincere sympathy to Tom's family for their loss. When we were 17 the two of us took a road trip to California. I will never forget the great time Tom and I had on that trip. Tom's attitude and behavior at 17 was very mature and professional. He will be missed by many.

Name: Dr.Kenneth and Doris Henry of Owatonna, MN
Email: dkhenry49@charter.net
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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We have known Thomas and his parents for over 50 years and have admired and respected Tom for all of those years, as he had a philosophy of life to do whatever he could for others. When Doris displayed her art at Southdale and The Uptown Art Show in Minneapolis, Tom and Marian visited us and invited us to their lovely apartment home in Victoria. They even hosted us for overnite sometimes, where we enjoyed great conversations with them! When they visited Owatonna, they often came to our home. Over the years we have heard their wonderful family's news. Know, Scott and J.D., that you and your spouses and children, were so positively regarded and loved. Marian, we send our profound sympathy to you, and we desire continued communication with you. We would like to learn of your present address so we can send you a monetary remembrance subject to your own choice of distribution. With our love, Ken and Doris Henry.

Name: Allan Blaker
Email: stellarexec@msn.com
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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Tom and I went to Owatonna High together and had some great times. My father had a 55 Chev and Tom's father had a 55 Ford and we raced each other several times - as it turned out maybe it became good training for his many years in the highway patrol. I always highly respected Tom for his integrity, dedication to what he believed and his constant belief in doing what "was right". We talked several times about "right will out" and for Tom, he felt a responsibility to do everything he could to support that belief. Tom and I shared the following (which I have carried in my billfold for over 40 years): "This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I will. I will use it for good, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place some-thing that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good and not evil; success, and not failure; in order that I shall rejoice in the price that I paid for it." My sincere thoughts and prayers go with Tom's family. Allan Blaker, Portland, OR

Name: Sgt. Curt Mowers MN State Patrol
Email: mowers@brainerd.net
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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I was a young, little boy but had huge impressions made upon me as "Trooper Tom" stood in my kitchen talking to my dad, who was the City Clerk of Ellendale at the time. He wore his uniform proud, and did his job well, as we found out during our high school years and he was still in the area as a trooper. After becoming a trooper myself in 1984, I found myself riding with Tom on a few different occassions, like during Auto Theft Training, when we discovered (ironically)a stolen vehicle in the lot that we were suppose to meet for training. He had alot of good common sense, and I know the impact he had on everyone was very strong and favorably impressionable. I strived to be like him. I will never forget how much he cared about his job, and the stories I got to hear him tell about some mutual acquaintances in the Ellendale and Owatonna area (myself, being born in Owatonna and raised in Ellendale). Tom and I agreed that there are many more law enforcement officers from Ellendale area than any other area in the State. We heard about the claims of some of the northern towns, but with Ellendale's 555 population, Tom knew we had the blue ribbon on that claim. I have not talked to Tom recently, but will miss him just the same. He was part of my life.

Name: Midge Liebrenz Sluzalis
Email: msluzalis@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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Please accept my condolences at this sad time. I know Tom fought valiantly for each day and appreciated the beauty of life. I am glad I was able to know him in high school in Owatonna. May you feel the loving comfort of God as He helps you through your loss.

Name: Lt. Bruce A. Pederson, Minn. State Patrol
Email: Bruce.Pederson@state.mn.us
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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As with anyone that has been on the State Patrol as long as I have, you get to meet many of the Troopers statewide. From the moment I first met Tom I was impressed with his integrity, work ethic and compassion for his fellow man. Tom defined what it meant to be a servant to others. No matter what was asked of Tom he happily and willingly helped his fellow troopers with their cases or anything else they needed. He was always there for me when I needed him and we had many great conversations with more than a little humor mixed in. I am saddened that due to a business meeting, I will not be able to attend the funeral to show my profound respects for such an exceptional person. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to have known Tom and may God be with Tom's family during this difficult time.

Name: Kim Klawiter
Email: kklaw3262@msn.com
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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Tom was one of the staff officers for my rookie school in 1978. In hind sight, he didn't fit in with the yelling, screaming and harrassment that we deservedly got from the rest of the staff as he was so quiet and polite. Together with Roger Eck, Rod Lundgren, Mike Lofgren and Dennis Landborg, they molded our class together as few others could have. Tom came in near the end and prepared us to be professionals, how to conduct ourselves as troopers. I will miss him and the way he always conducted himself. God Bless. Lt.(ret.) Kim Klawiter

Name: Phil Fernkes
Email: philfernkes@cox.net
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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Lots of memories of Tom flowing right now. Told my wife of Tom's passing and she recalls an "incident" in Owatonna as she was doing some yard work around 6:30 one morning. With her back to the street Tom quitely pulled his squad car into our driveway, turned on his red lights and "tapped" on the siren. Once she regained her composure he wanted to know my secret of getting her to do the yard work as he wanted to try it out on Marian. Never heard the outcome however. Phil Fernkes, Scottsdale, AZ (Former dispatcher, St Paul & Golden Valley)

Name: Sidney S Hill
Email: sidbonnie@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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Goodbye Tom; You were one of the good guys. You always had a good word for nearly everyone. You will be missed. Sid Hill, Lewiston, MN

Name: Lee and Sandy Jacobson
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 06, 2010

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Marian and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was "One of a kind". I know of very few who kept a squad, cleaner and neater. Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this trying time. Lee and Sandy Jacobson SP 352 (ret) Peoria, AZ.

Name: Don Mechem
Email: helloturkey@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 05, 2010

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I want to express my sincere sympathy to Tom's family. I cannot tell you how much Tom meant to me. I first met Tom when I was a junior at Owatonna High School. We connected from time to time through the years when I would return home for furlough from the mission field. Marian and family, please remember the words of 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive." I know Tom believed this! We talked about it! This is the assurance that you have! Because Jesus rose from the dead, Tom will too! The life he has in Jesus will never end! I thank God that he gave me such a friend as Tom. My only regret is that I was unable to spend more time with him. I always wished he could visit us in Colorado but my greatest joy will be when we meet together in heaven. May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all! What a precious man!

Name: Rod Lundgren
Email: rodlundgren@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday October 05, 2010

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I met Tom in the spring of 1971 after I graduated from rookie school and was assigned to the Owatonna station. Tom was one of my first FTO's. What a great guy he was. I learned a lot from Tom. I was in Owatonna for only a couple of months when I was re-assigned to the 4460 Station in St. Paul. I would liked to have been able to work with Tom after my break-in period, but that didn't work out. We kept in touch over the years and Tom called me just last week and we had a very nice talk. Marian, may God give you and your family the strength to endure the difficult times ahead. Rod Lundgren, retired SP 3

Name: Sgt (ret) Donald & Jeanette Schmalzbauer
Email: forensicrecon@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 05, 2010

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I was blessed to receive a phone call from Tom this past Saturday evening inquiring about my health even though he was having his own struggles. We had a nice lengthy talk. Tom has always been sincere and compassionate with his fellow troopers, victims and their family members. I knew him personally to go above and beyond the call of duty. Shortly after I became the District investigator in St. Paul, Tom became my "partner in crime" becoming the investigator in the Golden Valley District. I have fond memories of meeting him early for coffee (0600--early bird that he was). We served on may cases together. I will always hold Tom in high regard. SP105 will be greatly missed. Tom had been the victim of an accident which left him unconscious and trapped in his squad on 35W. If not for the efforts of a quick thinking off-duty Mpls firefighter and a Dakota County Deputy, Tom would have not survived. I was there and can attest that the good Lord gave him another decade of years to live. May the Lord grant his wife, Marian, his children, grandchildren and extended family the comfort needed in this difficult time. Don (& Jeanette Wells) Schmalzbauer Former MSP trooper & RCO