John R. Ludman, 91, of Zanesville and Cape Coral, FL died at 5:58 PM Sunday July 26, 2009 at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital with his family at his side.
John was born June 6, 1918 in Zanesville the son of the late Pearl H. and Hannah M. Mansperger Ludman.
A well know businessman and industry leader for many years John was a former President and owner of the Zanesville Coca-Cola Bottling Company and co-owner of Mid Atlantic Canners. He was affectionally known as the “Coca-Cola Man” and was actively involved in many community and civic organizations. Mr. Ludman helped organize the development of the Falls Twp. Fire Department and built the first multi- materials recycling operation in the county. He was an Army Veteran of WWII serving 54 months and operated a Gen. Eisenhower requested Coca-Cola Bottling operation serving servicemen in the Northern Pacific Theatre. John was a 50 year member of the noon Rotary Club, chairman of the Covered Wagon District of the Boy Scouts of America, an horary member of the Girl Scouts, past President of The Coca-Cola Bottlers Association of Ohio, a life time member of the Elks, American Legion, DAV, VFW, was a 32nd Degree Mason, an active member of the Zavi Shrine, Aladdin Temple, Amrou Grotto, Lafayette Lodge #79, and the Muskingum County Scottish Rite. Additionally, John was active member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Zanesville Country Club. His love was operating his houseboat on the Muskingum River and regularly hosted Governors and State Officials on his watercraft for sponsoring river and lock preservation. This would eventually lead to his being one of the original founders of the Zanesville Yacht Club and a Lorena Admiral.
John is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margaret “Jane” McGee Ludman, daughter: Susan Jane (Fred) Heller of Canal Winchester, sons: John “Terry” (Jacqueline) Ludman of Zanesville and Robert Phillip (Robin) Ludman of Reynoldsburg, grandchildren: Brian W. (Kelly) Cohagan of Baton Rouge, LA, Christopher Allen Cohagan of Reynoldsburg, Ann Elizabeth (Brad) Sims and Chad Frederick Ludman both of Zanesville, 4 great grandchildren, brother-in-law: Gordon “Cider” McGee of Etowah, NC, several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brother: Ralph Ludman, sisters: Lucille Price, Vivian Dickerson and Virginia Ludman.
Visitation will be Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 and one hour prior to services Thursday which will be at 1:00 PM at Bryan & Snider Funeral Home 2318 Maple Ave. with Pastor Steve Mc Guire officiating. Committal service will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery with VFW Post 1058 conducting military services.
Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to Grace United Methodist Church, Genesis Healthcare Foundation and Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
To share memories and condolences with the Ludman family, visit John’s memorial on-line registry at www.BryanSniderFuneralHome.com. Condolences from the site will be printed and become a part of the family’s guest registry.