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Beloved Plainfield fire district employee's sudden death shocks friends, family

Michael Ludemann
Michael Ludemann

PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield Fire Protection District lost a treasured friend when emergency vehicle technician Michael L. Ludemann died suddenly Sunday.

Fire Chief David Riddle said Ludemann’s wife, fire district inspector and spokeswoman, Mary Kay Ludemann, told him Michael Ludemann, 54, wasn’t feeling well Sunday. Michael Ludemann was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he died Sunday afternoon.

“The mood has been very somber here,” Riddle said. “He had no previous history we were aware of that indicated something like this.”

Michael Ludemann fixed and maintained the fire district’s vehicles, but he also made close friendships with those from other Plainfield agencies. Before working for the Plainfield fire district, Ludemann did repair work for the Lockport Township and Downers Grove fire districts.

Riddle said Michael Ludemann touched the lives of everybody who worked with him since he came to the district in 2004. He was well-liked and known as the go-to guy around the fire district.

Riddle said the fire district will honor Michael Ludemann by holding a solemn walk-through at his wake.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Overman-Jones Funeral Home. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet, followed by interment at Plainfield Township Cemetery.

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