He retired as a senior Lab Technician at BF Goodrich Tech Center in Avon Lake in 1990, after 39 years. While there, he helped develop two patents.
Robert was a parishioner of the Church of St. Peter in Lorain. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann (nee Teleha); daughters, Anthea (Michael) Simpson of Vermilion, Kateri (Jeffrey) Vaughan of Sandusky, Clare (Dennis) Gnage of Sandusky; and a son, Gregory (Linda) Ludwig of Sheffield Village; grandchildren, Manda (Rob) Bennett, Melanie (Jamie) Campbell, Eric and Jared Vaughan, and Benjamin Gnage; along with great-grandchildren, Isabel, Olivia, and Samuel Bennett, and Raymond Campbell; and brothers, Donald and Gerald Ludwig.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Roberta (Bobbi) Ludwig in 2008; a sister, Gayle Zadorozny; and parents, Urban and Dorothy Ludwig.
Friends may call Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 4 until to 8 P.M., at Reichlin-Cooley Funeral Home, 2920 Broadway, Lorain. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 27, 2014, beginning with prayers at 10:30 A.M., in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M., in the Church of St. Peter. Father Gerald Keller will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are encouraged to Mercy New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Rd. Lorain, OH 44053.