August Richard Ludwig, 88, of Austin, passed away February 15, 2008. He was born in Hye, TX to Emil D. Ludwig and Erna Weirich Ludwig on July 23, 1919. His parents were originally from Fredericksburg, Texas. August attended the Old Rocky School on his parents land. This school only had seven years of education and this education served him well in his life. August served his country with the U.S. Army in the 164th Infantry.
August loved the land and any trees, plants, or flowers that he could possibly grow. His love for rain was what he is most remembered for along with his faith in God. He was a farmer and a rancher, a great dad and grandfather ( OPA ).
After the death of his first wife, he moved to Austin, TX and worked at Wolfe Nursery for many years before retiring. There once again he returned to his love for trees, plants, and flowers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Erna and Emil Ludwig and by his first wife, Olga Seiler; son, Daniel Ludwig; and sister, Margaret Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Piercy Higdon Ludwig; daughter, Patsy Sharp and husband Charles Damon, and six grandchildren, August Daniel Ludwig, Jr. of Round Mountain, TX, Mary Preece of Johnson City, TX, Karen Davis of Fredericksburg, TX, Barbara Corley of Johnson City, TX, Christine McMain of Blanco, TX, and Cindee Sharp of Austin, TX, and eleven great grandchildren. Along with August’s family are two step-daughters, Alice Selman and Debbie Higdon of Austin, TX and three step-grandchildren, and eight step-great grandchildren. This, along with a host of nieces and nephews that he dearly loved, made up August’s life.
Graveside services were held Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the Blanco Cemetery, Blanco, TX, along with the rain.