Dec. 18, 1934 - Sept. 2, 2019
Kenneth Ludtke was born to Edward and Daisy Bell Ludtke on December 18, 1934 in Belgrade, Mt. The family lived in many Montana towns including Bozeman, Toston, Radersburg and Helena. Ken spent his entire life in Montana. He attended Bryant school and occasionally his good friend Bob Royston would load Ken on the front of his bike and they would bike into Bryant school from the north valley. Ken graduated from Helena High School in 1952 while working at Brass Poultry Farms.
Ken met Joyce Bowen in 1954 and married in 1955. Doug was born in 1958 and Karen followed in 1960. Ken worked several jobs before purchasing Montana Granite Company in 1965 and as they say, the rest is history. Ken continuously worked Montana Granite Company until his son-in-law and daughter took over the business in 1992. Ken and Joyce joined Doug and Julie on the ranch and Kens second career was born. Being on the ranch was Ken’s favorite place.
Ken was a member and trustee of The West Valley Fire Department, and a trustee on the board of Forestvale Cemetery for 50 years. He and Joyce made many lifelong friends through the fire department.
When Ken was 78 years old, he and Joyce made a very long trip to Jamaica where he decided to zip line with his grandkids. He talked about his experiences for years after.
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Ken and Joyce were married for over 64 years. Ken is proceeded in death by parents Edward and Daisy Ludtke and stepmother Cecelia Ludtke as well as numerous aunts and uncles.
Ken is survived by his wife Joyce, son and daughter in law Doug and Julie Ludtke, daughter and son-in-law Karen and Mark Putman. Grandchildren Sarah and husband Rob Heagle, granddaughter Lauren Ludtke, grandsons Aaron and Taylor Putman and granddaughters Lilly and Emma Putman. Great- grandchildren Brooklynn and Oaklee Novak and Harper Heagle.
Known to many as “Poppa” and “Two Poppa” to his great grand daughters. We will miss you Poppa.
Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. in Helena. A funeral service will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, with a reception to follow in the social hall of the funeral home. A burial will follow the reception at Forestvale. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Ken.