Obituaries, April 7, 2024

Written on 04/07/2024

Rev. Thomas A. Ludwig Sr.

The Rev. Thomas A. Ludwig Sr., 68, of Kokomo, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday, April 4, 2024. Tom was born June 30, 1955, in Kokomo to Kermit T. and Lillian M. (Kerkhoff) Ludwig. He was baptized July 17, 1955, and confirmed May 25, 1969. He married Judith Ann Metcalf on April 28, 1973, and she preceded him in death February 24, 2013. He later married Susan (Metcalf) McKinley on January 24, 2014, and she survives.

Tom was a lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Howard County, Indiana. He became an ordained Lutheran Minister on August 29, 2010, and was blessed to pastor his own flock at Zion Evangelical Lutheran for many years. He currently was pastoring Zion Evangelical Lutheran in Kokomo and Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Indiana. Tom always enjoyed smoking a good cigar and was a connoisseur of fine bourbon. Tom will fondly be remembered by family and friends with his favorite line, “I’m glad you got to see me.”

Surviving family include his wife Susan Ludwig of Kokomo, his children, Jennifer Bollnow, Kokomo; Kimberly (Rob) Jones, Kokomo; Stephanie (Thomas) King, Kokomo; Thomas T.J. (Anna Gallman) Ludwig Jr., Indianapolis; the Rev. Jordan (Andrea) McKinley, Vallonia, IN; and Mason (Kayla) McKinley, Kalamazoo, MI. Surviving grandchildren include, Ariel, Mitchell, Benjamin and wife Victoria, Joseph, Shy, Dani, Hunter, Chloe, Olivia, Naomi, Collin, Theodore and Maddux. He is also blessed with three great grandchildren, Rosalee, Fraya, and Elijah. Surviving siblings and in-laws include, Philip Ludwig, Kokomo; Janet (Kenneth) Vandre, Ft. Wayne; Nancy Orem, Russiaville; Mike (Susan) Metcalf, Kokomo; Linda (Larry) Peacock, Kokomo; Pam (Ronnie) Clark, TX; Cathy (Dana) McGill, Forest; Doug (Lisa) Metcalf, Young America and his mother-in-law, Linda Sue Metcalf, Kokomo. Tom is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Judith, infant daughter, three grandchildren, in-laws, Phyllis and John Metcalf and Forrest Metcalf.

Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at Lutheran Church of our Redeemer, 705 E. Southway Blvd, in Kokomo with the Rev. Jordan J. McKinley officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday prior to services at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow services in North Union Cemetery in Howard County.

The family would like to extend a very special “Thank You” to Guardian Angel Hospice and Tishelle and Maddie. Also “Thank You” to Waterford Place Health Campus for their excellent care of Tom the past few months.

Memorial contributions may be given to Emanuel Lutheran Church, 355 S. Shaffer St., Arcadia, IN. 46030 or the Glioblastoma Foundation, PO Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715 in Tom’s memory. Murray Weaver Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Larry Allen Tudor

Larry Allen Tudor, 83, of Kokomo, Indiana, passed away April 5, 2024. He was born on July 12, 1940, in Marion, IN, the son of Orville and Betty Tudor (Wehner). On April 2, 1994, he married Connie Tudor (Shine) who survives.

Larry graduated from Marion High School in 1958. He was a veteran of the United States Marines. Larry retired from Chrysler in Kokomo after 33 years of service. He attended the Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene. Larry enjoyed working in the yard, gardening, and restoring his 1959 Corvette. He also was a faithful jogger and enjoyed participating in running events. Larry loved to travel and visited all 50 states.

Surviving relatives include his wife Connie Tudor of Kokomo, IN; nieces, Stacy Bell; Michelle Kassambala; Stephanie Mockobee; Debbie Tudor; many additional nieces and nephews; daughter-in-law, Linda Cornelius and grandchildren, Britteny and Cameron.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Orville Tudor, sister Mickey McLain and stepson Joseph Cornelius.

Visitation will be 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home 2097 West Alto Road, Kokomo, IN 46902. Funeral services 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery Kokomo, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Share a memory with the family at

Carolyn Sue Clouser

Sue was born in a farmhouse on the northeast section of Wildcat Township in Tipton County on September 19, 1933, and she lived 87 years of her life on a farm within 5 miles of where she was born. Her parents were Manville E. Conway and Anabel Kleyla. She is survived by her brother Larry Conway (Dolores) in Parish, Florida and notable sisters-in-law Betty Lou, Dolores Marlene, Valetta Jane and Forrest Ellen Clouser of Tipton, Indiana. She married Lamoine Clouser at the Windfall United Methodist Church November 30, 1951. They had three sons, Sidney Clouser (Anne) of Chardon, Ohio, Rodney Clouser (deceased), and Matthew Clouser (Kim) of Burleson, Texas; three grandsons, Benjamin Clouser (Fatima) of Chicago Illinois, Clayton and Travis Clouser of Burleson, Texas; and at last, a little great-granddaughter, Rosemin Clouser of Chicago, Illinois.

Sue’s ancestors, the Nutter family, were among the first settlers in Windfall, and the first signers to establish Wildcat Township. As a child she helped her family on the farm which sometimes included driving a tractor and working in the fields. As an adult she first began work as a secretary for Mitchell Farms, later working at Haynes Stellite as a stenographer, and finished her working career at the State Bank of Greentown (currently Key Bank) for 23 years until she retired in 1968. She also worked with her husband Lamoine on the farm, working every job she could physically handle all while raising 3 boys. In 2019 Sue and her family were presented with the Hoosier Homestead Farm Plaque for a family farm owned and operated by the same family (the Conways) for over 100 years.

In addition to work and family Sue has been active in the community. She was treasurer of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 195 for several years and was also Worthy Matron, the highest office in Greentown’s Order of Eastern Star in 2006. She continued to serve in Eastern Star until her move to Chardon, Ohio in 2021. Sue also served on the Board of Directors for the Greentown Historical Society and regularly volunteered her services when needed. She was a member of the Windfall United Methodist Church.

Sue and Lamoine loved to travel and in the years of their retirement they traveled all over the world visiting 6 continents and many countries, often touring farms and learning of farming methods and crops of other cultures. They always felt that their travels made them appreciate even more their good fortune of living in the United States.

She lost her husband, Lamoine, on May 10, 2018, after 67 years of marriage. She managed the family farm alone in her home when in 2021 she realized she would need a knee replacement and the help of nearby family for her recovery. It was a heartache for her to think of leaving her home and the community she loved and had lived in for all her life, and to the end of that life she always called Indiana home. Still, she knew she needed family near her, and she bought a condominium in Chardon, Ohio just three miles from her son and made the move. At 87 years old, and with a new mobility, Sue embraced her new community, meeting and becoming friendly with the people living in her new neighborhood, joining Pilgrim Christian Church, attending exercise classes at the nearby YMCA, and taking classes and trips with the Chardon Senior Center. Sue’s remarkable life came to a close on April 3, 2024, after a brief illness. Her entire family was able to be with her in the last week of her life and that day spent together filled her heart with great joy.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2024, at Hasler & Stout Funeral Home, 112 E Main St, Greentown, with Pastor John Mansur officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 pm, Thursday, April 11, 2024, at the funeral home, with an Order of the Eastern Star service following at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Prevent Child Abuse America,, in Sue’s memory. Messages of condolence may be made online at

Frederick "Fred" Eugene Marks

Frederick "Fred" Eugene Marks, age 83, of Kokomo, Indiana, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:37 AM at his residence. He was born on September 3, 1940, in Rochester, Indiana to the late Russell and Leota (Albitz) Marks. Fred married Janice (Wilhide) Marks on December 18, 1966, in Etna Green, Indiana, and she survives.

Fred served his country for 30 years in the United States Army, Army Reserves, United States Navy, and eventually retiring from the Navy Reserves. Fred retired from Chrysler after 33 years of employment. He was a member of the UAW 685. Fred was also a long-time member of Bible Baptist Church. He had a passion for motor sports and avid fan of NASCAR. He enjoyed spending time with his boys, turning wrenches. Fred was a huge supporter of his boys BMX racing. He was known as the "Cool Dad" to the neighborhood kids.

Survived by loving wife of 58 years, Janice; two sons, Rick (Tracy) Marks and Chad (Kelly) Marks; grandchildren, Morgan (Matt) Greene, Devon (Kensey) Marks, Ethan (Kenzie) Marks, and Rylund Marks; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Janice, Joe Stahl, and Greg Stahl; several nieces and nephews; and his canine companion, Dudley.

Preceded in death are his parents, Russell and Leota; and his stepfather, Joe Stahl.

There will be a time of visitation for Fred on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 1:00 PM, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, 2097 West Alto Road, Kokomo. Pastor Keith Treadway will be officiating. Entombment will follow to Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery with full military rites performed by the United States Army and VFW Post 1152 Military Rites Team.

Miriam Jane “Mimi” Slate

Miriam Jane “Mimi” Slate, 77, Kokomo, passed away Friday morning, April 5, 2024, at Ascension St. Vincent, Kokomo. She was born May 11, 1946, in Kokomo, the daughter of John Paul & Ruth (Kennedy) Fredrick. On June 26, 1965, in Kokomo, she married Teddy Franklin “Ted” Slate, and he survives.

Mimi was a 1964 graduate of Kokomo High School and attended Stephens College. Before returning to Kokomo, she and Ted lived for five years in Missouri. Mimi operated several local businesses and was a great support to Ted in the operation of Slate Mechanical. She was also a loving wife, mother and homemaker.

Mimi was a member of First Congregational Christian Church, P.E.O., and the Kokomo Country Club. She loved the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching sports and inherited a love of Purdue University from her father. Mimi enjoyed gambling and trying her luck with the slot machines.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, Ted Slate, Mimi is survived by her sons, Jeff Scott Slate, Mark Kitselman (Danielle Lynn) Slate, and Rick Fredrick Slate; and her grandchildren, James Kagen Slate, Morgan Kennedy Slate, Brayton Harpe, Mason Harpe, Lauryn Elizabeth Slate, Ian Fredrick Slate, Cameron Joel Cothern, Savannah Ruth Slate, and Jansen Fredrick Slate; great grandchild, Maisie Juniper Slate. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Joan Bowman Kellum; brother, John Edward Fredrick; brother-in-law, Dr. John Bowman and her daughter-in-law, Julie Kay Slate.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Road. Kokomo. A funeral service celebrating Mimi’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the funeral home, with Pastor Jon Tice officiating. Burial will follow in Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( Messages of condolence may be left online at