Evelyn Kristine LuddekeSeptember 6, 1932 ~ April 2, 2019 (age 86)
Evelyn Kristine Luddeke’s journey on Earth began on September 6, 1932 in the Moody County, South Dakota farm home of her Danish immigrant parents, Jens and Johanne (Christensen) Brodersen. On April 2, 2019, after 86 years of service to her Lord and Saviour, she was called to her eternal rest from her home in Colorado Springs, CO.
Evelyn was baptized and reaffirmed Lutheran who never tired of doing the Lord’s work. Besides gently guiding her own five children to the Lord, she loved volunteering her time with needy and orphaned children. She said, “I see God in them!” As a member of Lutheran’s For Life, she joined the never-ending battle against abortion while promoting abstinence-from-sex-until-marriage. She encouraged many people to register to vote, and with her inborn cheery disposition she danced with life!
Being raised on a farm, she received her education in a Brookings County, South Dakota country school, Elkton High School and SDSU. She had a career as an office worker before her children were born. Thereafter she became a stay at home Mom.
Genealogy became her favorite hobby after her husband, Dave, retired from work. They traveled by motor home to every state in the U.S., stopping from time to time to haunt cemeteries, court houses, newspaper offices and libraries searching for information about their family back-grounds. They made a trip to Denmark and Germany to visit still-living relatives. Together they researched 10 of their ancestral family’s and visited with relatives living around the U.S. They compiled and authored booklets and books about eight families, the last of which Evelyn finished at the age of 82. Then she commented, “And now I travel on!”
In 1951 Evelyn was married first to Dale E. Thornton in Elkton, SD. Three children were born to this marriage. Dale preceded her in death in 1957. Following Dale’s death, Evelyn moved her little family to Longview, TX where she met and married David E. Luddeke in 1959. David adopted her children as his own and two more were born to this union. David preceded her in death in 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents, step mother and brother. She is the loving mother to five children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Dave and Evelyn were devoted instruments of God’s love. While they traveled about the country researching their generational backgrounds, they became more and more aware that they, like their ancestors, were but sojourners here on this Earth. May their Christ redeemed souls rest in peace!
Redeemer Lutheran Church
2226 N. Corona, Colorado Springs CO 80907
PO Box 3000, Boone NC 28607