Fran (F.C.) Luedtke, 73, died on April 30, 2014 following a brief illness, with his family by his side.
He was born in Chicago on May 12, 1940 to Franklin G. and Eleanor Mullane Luedtke. He graduated from Mendel High School and later from Xavier University. Immediately following graduation from Xavier he was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the US Army and served on active duty at Ft. Sill, OK and also Ft. Benning, GA.
After discharge from the Army, Fran and his family moved to High Point, NC and he went to work with the David Rothschild Company – then a converter of upholstery textiles. That was the beginning of his lifelong love affair with the residential upholstered fabric industry, and he dove into every aspect of textile development. He had an eye for design and color and, even better, an eye for what the market wanted. (He also delighted in the industry nickname "rag peddlar!") Fran became a partner in FamCraft, a residential upholstery fabric sales organization and later formed his own organization, The Luedtke Company. Over the years he represented numerous mills including: John Wolf, Cohama-Riverdale, Qual-Fab, Rockingham Mills, Dickson Elberton, and Glen Raven. With each line, he played a significant role in design and color. Fran was true student of the industry.
During his career Fran was an active member of the NC Fabric Men's Club and served a term as president of that organization. He also served several terms on its board of directors, and for many years was chairman of the club's golf outings. In later years, he became involved with textile marketing in the Middle East and served as several mills' representative at international fabric markets in Brussels and Paris.
Fran was a founding member of the International Textile Marketing Association (ITMA) and also served on that organization's board of directors.
Most recently he was a volunteer with the Greensboro chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). Through SCORE he became a mentor to a number of Entrepreneurship Classes at UNCG and in 2011 received the Annual Award for Mentoring presented by the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics.
He was a cancer survivor for 17 years. He battled that illness along with subsequent strokes always with a constant positive attitude; it never wavered for a second – his glass was always half full.
Fran and his wife Mary Ann were married for 50 years, and his greatest joy was his family. They have four children: Frank and his wife Julie who live in Fayetteville, NC, Anne and her husband HC Precythe who live in Four Oaks, NC, Libby and her husband Keith O'Hea who live in Sag Harbor, NY, and Michael and his wife Kelly who live in Weddington, NC. He delighted in his precious grandchildren, Alex and Jordan Precythe, Meghan and Conor O'Hea, Dillon Luedtke and Morgan Luedtke Wells (Gatlin), and Liam, O'Malley, Declan, and Cannon Luedtke. On April 1st he became a great-grandfather when granddaughter Morgan gave birth to Kadence April Wells.
Fran was always the biggest fan of his family's activities. He was a constant at Saturday morning "Stars" soccer games, Westchester Academy soccer, basketball and softball, and for many years he prided himself on 'running strike' for the fledgling High Point Community Theatre. Fran was a good golfer. He enjoyed practicing almost as much as playing and for many years family golf tournaments were a highlight of each summer.
Before moving to Greensboro in 1995, Fran and his family resided in High Point for 30 years. He was a member of St. Pius X Church in Greensboro and was a former member of Sedgefield Country Club and also the Cardinal Golf Club.
In addition to his wife, children, grand and great-grandchildren, Fran is survived by his brother John P. (Sallie) of Greensboro. A sister, Alicia Marie, preceded him in death.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Friday, May 9th at St. Pius X Church in Greensboro. Visitation will be held in the Church Baptistery between 10:00AM and 11:00AM.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be directed to St. Pius X Catholic Church Building Fund, 2210 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27415.
Fran loved God, he loved his family, and he loved life. He lived his life to the fullest and we are grateful to have shared it with him. This quote from The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost describes Fran well:
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "Wow. . . What a ride!".
Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.