Ripley S. Ludlow
Ripley S. Ludlow, known as Rip, has worked at Essling Funeral Home for over 25 plus years. Rip is the son of Lee and Mary Ludlow. Rip has two brothers, Mark (who also works at Essling Funeral Home), and Tim of La Porte, Indiana.
Rip married Shelley (Young) in 1980, and they have two daughters, Kaelynn and Amanda. Kaelynn is married to Matt Deckard and they have two children and live in La Porte. Amanda married Dee McDonald they also have two children and live in Lakeland, Florida.
Rip and Shelley belong to First United Methodist Church in LaPorte. RIp currently sits on the Finance and Trustee committees at the church. Rip graduated from LaPorte High School in 1978 and retired in 2014 from LaPorte County Emergency Medical Services after nearly 35 years as a Paramedic Supervisor.
Throughout his career he had the honor to meet President Bill Clinton in 1990, Vice-President Joe Biden in 2002, and Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.
Rip and his wife have traveled in 2012 and 2013 to Port of Prince Haiti for missionary rebuilding efforts. Rip continued his missionary work in Haiti in 2015 and 2016 also adding Guatemaia, Houston, Texas, Bation Rouge, Louisiana, and Beverly, Kentucky (Red Bird Mission) to his list of travels for missionary work.