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David Henry Luedemann

Obituary for David Henry Luedemann

February 25, 1916 - September 6, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 101


David Henry Luedemann, age 101, died peacefully on September 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas, surrounded by his Texas family.

Dave was a devoted family man, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. He was a loving gentleman who most enjoyed spending time with his family, extended family and multitude of dear friends. Grandpa Dave will be greatly missed.

Dave was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the first son of Dorthea Kryter and Frederick George Luedemann. He was baptized in the Second Reform Church of Indianapolis and confirmed in Zion Evangelical, a German church his Dad attended. Dave, and his older sister, Martha, and two younger brothers, Carl and Frederick "Freddy", grew up in a close family during the lean years of the Great Depression, always guided by faith and hard work.

Dave attended Indianapolis Grade School No. 39 and then Arsenal Technical High School, a large campus high school, graduating with honors in mathematics in a class of 900 in 1933. This was quite an accomplishment because Dave's mother passed away from cancer in 1931 and times were difficult. Always helpful and resourceful, Dave talked his dad into letting him assume the duties of a housekeeper, cleaning and cooking for $5 a week, to supplement earnings from a newspaper route.

College seemed an impossibility to Dave, but with the help of his high school English teacher, Miss Ethel Hauser, and loans from his Aunt Elsa, he entered Purdue University in 1933. Dave was forever thankful for the generosity of Miss Hauser and his aunt, often relating the almost unbelievable story of Miss Hauser telling him a few days after Labor Day in 1933 on his front porch, "Dave, you are wasting your time. Here is a check (her paycheck). Mr. Callum will pick you up tomorrow and will take you to Purdue University."

Dave graduated with honors from Purdue in 1937 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a major in Metallurgy. After graduation he worked for U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana, in the Sheet Mill Metallurgical Laboratory where he met and married Margaret Brink. In 1949 he became a Service Metallurgist and in 1955 moved with Margaret and son Michael to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a Tin Plate Consultant for U.S. Steel Tin Plate Division. He was promoted several more times and retired in 1975 as the General Manager of Tin Mill Sales after a successful thirty-eight-year career with U.S. Steel. Several years into retirement Dave, a widower, was introduced to Ruth Swegal by good friends Josie and Frank Conant. Dave married Ruth in 1978 in an intimate ceremony at Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church surrounded by family and close friends. Ruth's daughter, Linda, and Dave's son, Michael, served as attendants with Ruth's granddaughter Elizabeth as flower girl. So began their "golden years" life together founded in love, faith, family and friends.

Dave served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the Suppliers Guild of the National Metal Decorators Association. He also served on the American Iron and Steel Institute Committee of Tin Mill Metallurgy and on the Tin Mill Products Committee of the American Iron and Steel Institute and attended the executive business program at Columbia University.

Dave held strong spiritual beliefs and was a faithful member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania and Wallace Memorial (now Unity) Presbyterian Church in Greentree, Pennsylvania for 39 years. He was a Deacon and Elder for Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church and the church's faithful Treasurer for fifteen years along with chairing various committees. Dave was also an active Mason and a Past Master of his Lodge, the William D. McIlroy Lodge No. 758 Free and Accepted Masons. He especially enjoyed his membership in the Royal Order of Jesters, Pittsburgh Court No.2. with all its deep friendships.

Dave was an avid sports fan and a wizard at sports trivia and stories. He especially enjoyed baseball, first cheering on the Chicago Cubs and then the Pittsburgh Pirates. A favorite memory of his was watching the great Jackie Robinson in his first year with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He also witnessed firsthand the famous Mazeroski World Series walkoff homerun that cinched the 1960 pennant for the Pirates. And Dave followed his Purdue Boilermakers and Pittsburgh Steelers on TV until the end. In addition to being a loyal sports fan, Dave enjoyed golf and in retirement participated for many years in a men's weekly golf group. He enjoyed traveling to many Masters' tournaments across the country, watching the golfing "greats". He and Ruth were dedicated members of "Arnie's Army" traveling to Austin for a number of years to watch Palmer play in the Legends of Golf Tournament.

If there was a job to be done, Dave tackled it, with gusto! He was a home handyman and yard tender. Retirement gave him time to work around the home and leisure time to sharpen his golf, bowling and bridge skills, it also brought lots of travel time with Ruth. They traveled extensively to sightsee, to visit family, to be with friends, and to attend every graduation and wedding to which he and Ruth were invited. Fall always meant trips to Hilton Head or Edisto, South Carolina, and February, a month in Naples, Florida, often joined by invited family and friends.

Dave was big man with an even bigger heart. His big handsome smile was legendary. He was ever-sociable and loved being with people. He always had a group around him listening to a good story or a funny joke. Despite life's challenges he was a happy man, an eternal optimist with a strong faith. His sense of humor even at 101 made him a favorite of all who met him. Dave savored good food and drink, a big appetite accompanied his big presence. He could help cook a delicious meal and relished fellowship around the table. He loved to entertain at home or dine out, either with their Wallace group of Mystery Dinner friends or to entertain family and friends at his favorite restaurants. Proud of his city, he happily gave tours of Pittsburgh's sights to anyone who visited. He could be boisterous, but he gave sage advice, wrote cherished letters, and sent meaningful cards to family and friends who will never forget his thoughtfulness or kindness. He was a hard worker, helpful neighbor and fierce friend. He loved his family, his church, his job, his community and his friends, and he was loved and respected for it.

Dave was a man of God. "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'" (Matthew 25:23)

Dave was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret Brink Luedemann of Pittsburgh and his son Michael Luedemann of Cleveland, Ohio, along with his brothers Carl and Frederick and sister Martha Hensley of Indianapolis. His second wife of 37 years, Ruth Marie Byers Luedemann of Pittsburgh most recently predeceased him in Austin, Texas in 2014.

Dave is survived by his stepdaughter Linda Swegal Kreutz and her husband Charles of Austin, Texas, stepsons Gary Swegal and wife Suzanne of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and Franz B. Swegal of Los Angeles, California, his step-grandchildren Elizabeth Kreutz and husband James Bonney, Matthew Kreutz and Nathan Kreutz and Fiancé Delaney Brown of Austin, Texas, Dr. Warren Swegal and wife Cordelia of Detroit, Michigan, Hayden Swegal and wife Cynthia of Washington, D.C., and Christian Swegal and wife Leila of New York, New York, and his step-greatgrandchildren Charles (8) and Benjamin (6) Bonney of Austin and Margaret (2) and infant Hunter Swegal of Detroit. He also leaves behind sister-in-law Eleanor Donato and husband Mickey of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and many beloved Donato, Elsey, Byers and Swegal nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren.

Dave is also survived by his nieces Harriet Brink Majors and Anne Brink Hair both of Indianapolis, Indiana, and a nephew The Rev. John Brink and his wife Betsy of Scituate, Massachusetts. Dave leaves behind grandnieces Dr. Elizabeth Moore and husband Dr. Matt Moore, Katy Sahm and husband Scott of Indianapolis and Amy Brink of Sacramento, California, and a grandnephew David Majors and wife Tiffany of Chicago, Illinois, as well as four great-grandnieces and three great-grandnephews.

A Memorial Service and Witness to the Resurrection for Dave will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Unity Presbyterian Church (formerly Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church) in Greentree, 1146 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15220 at 11:00 A.M. with a reception lunch to follow in Fellowship Hall. There will be a private service of Interment at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Unity Presbyterian Church Music Fund.

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