He was born March 16, 1945, in Chicago to Willis O. and Oleda Schoen Ludwig. He and Carolyn Crites were married June 5, 1966.
Wayne worked at the former Jackson Hosiery Mill, and 29 years at Procter & Gamble in Cape Girardeau, retiring in 1998. After retirement, he worked part time at Dalton Florist in Jackson. He farmed most of his life, and although it was hard work, it was his favorite hobby. He also enjoyed restoring old tractors, fishing, playing golf, anything that had to do with his grandkids, but most of all, helping others.
Wayne was a member of Sargents Chapel and the church council, a member of the former River City CB Club, and he and Carolyn were members of the former Hilltoppers Square Dance Club.
Loving survivors include his wife of 45 years; two daughters, Julie (Todd) Rushing and Amy (Bill) Ramsey; four grandchildren, Colby and Austin Rushing, Alyssa and Blake Ramsey, all of Jackson; two brothers, Earl D. Ludwig of Jackson and Larry G. (Charlotte) Ludwig of Woodson, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ludwig.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jerry Bailey officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.
Memorials may be made to Sargents Chapel Cemetery, Southeast Hospice or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.