Lawrence F. “Pete” Ludovissy

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Lawrence F. “Pete” Ludovissy, 92, of Dubuque and Phoenix, Ariz., was called home to the arms of his Lord at 4:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at The Grove at Peoria with Hospice of the Valley in Peoria, Ariz.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque and from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League. 

Pete was born on Aug. 17, 1923, in Guttenberg, son of John and Emma (Welty) Ludovissy.

Pete was born and raised in the Turkey River area, moving to North Buena Vista at age 13, and thoroughly treasured the memories of his family and early childhood. Pete would go on to proudly and honorably serve his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. Upon his return to civilian life he would soon meet his destined soul-mate, Charlotte Saylor, and they would be united in marriage on Sept. 5, 1946, at Immaculate Conception Church. Their union was blessed with 50 wonderful years together and one adored son, Richard. The family would eventually relocate to the Savanna area as Pete began working as a district lineman for the Milwaukee Railroad. He would eagerly invest over 42 years of his time, talents and labor until his retirement in 1984. The experiences, friendships and example of the rewards obtained through hard work are all treasured opportunities which Pete would always thank the railroad for offering. In his free time, Pete would joyfully spend time golfing, fishing and watching his Cubs or a classic John Wayne movie; but most often it was the gathering of family and friends around the card table which would bring a smile to Pete’s face and heart. Pete once willingly admitted that he enjoyed a good steak and the fragrance of the fresh air following a rainstorm. Never known to be a complicated individual, Pete would strive to be the best man he could possibly be in every aspect of his life. Every visit, Pete could draw people in to feel comfortable and laugh, and showed that he cared deeply for family and friends. His goal in life was to be remembered as a good son, husband, father and grandfather and we can all easily agree that Pete achieved his long-term goal in undeniably excellent fashion. Pete encapsulated the truest essence of a good and decent man throughout his life and now the abundant memories and legacy he leaves behind will be carried through generations to come. He’s now resting safely in his eternal state of grace with Charlotte and the rest of his family that have been called home ahead of him. We will always love and miss you Pete and we thank you for the wonderful example you left behind. 

Those left to cherish Pete’s memory include his only son, Richard (Sherry) Ludovissy, Peoria, Ariz.; his two grandchildren, Jennifer (Koorosh) Yasami, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Scott (Kira) Ludovissy, Lake Tahoe, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren, Braxton, Kyla, Caden and Jada.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Charlotte, and four brothers, Lloyd (Cora), Merlin, Merrill (Jeanette) and Arthur (Clara) Ludovissy.

A Lawrence F. Ludovissy memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at The Grove At Peoria Hospice House for all their gentle and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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