Daniel Luddeke

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Daniel Leigh Luddeke, 54, of Freeburg, IL, born May 13, 1967, in Belleville, IL, died peacefully Monday, February 14, 2022, in Freeburg, IL.

Dan was the owner and operator of Best Way Heating and Cooling.  He had a love for traveling and exploration. He enjoyed woodworking, classic cars, and building things. Dan, who loved his tools and could fix just about anything, was often called “Dan the Handyman.” He was a kind-hearted person and a wonderful friend who will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Lynn Luddeke.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Farida Zapanta-Luddeke, whom he married November 6, 1998;
two daughters, Vina Ann Luddeke and Vanessa Blinn Luddeke;
his mother, Edith Ann, nee Grubb, Luddeke;
a sister, Dana (Bob) Luddeke-Carroll;
a brother, Dean Luddeke;
a step-sister, Karrie King;
a step-brother, Ford (Patricia) Frazar;
and his step-mother, Karen Luddeke.
Dan is also survived by many close friends.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Dr. Joseph Scheets officiating.

Burial will be held at a later date.


15 Comments on Daniel Luddeke

Pam Owens said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 8:34 PM

Farida and Family, So sorry for your loss.

  • IL
Robert said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2022 at 8:42 AM

RIP buddy, we had a lot of good times, gone too soon.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Barry Billings said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2022 at 3:48 PM

Barry & I were sadden to hear about Dan's passing. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your faming

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Dirk Brauer said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2022 at 11:27 PM

Thanks for being my friend sorry for all the bad crap that you were going through you will always be a part of my life love ya You are a Angel now very very proud to have you asa friend

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Edith Luddeke--mom said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2022 at 10:27 PM

Dan, I will carry your memories the rest of my life. You were a good man who could make or repair just about anything. I love you.Hug your Dad and grandparents. Drop me a sign.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Edith Luddeke -- mom said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2022 at 9:45 PM

You will always be in my heart and memories Dan. Give your Dad and grandparents a big hug. You were a good man! Love you, mom

  • Belleville
  • Ill
Mara Delgado said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2022 at 12:40 PM

So sorry for your loss. Hugs to Farida, Vina, & Vanessa.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Chip said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2022 at 9:08 AM

I’ve gotten the absolute best luck and honor to grown up with Dan, Farida, Vina, and Vanessa since I was little and right away you guys became my second family❤️ I am sending love, peace, and healing to my girls❤️I love this family with all my heart

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Pam Hawthorne Bitters said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2022 at 8:55 AM

To Danny’s family- I used to babysit for the Luddeke kids in the 70’s and reconnected with Danny last year. It was great to see what a wonderful man he had grown to be! He loved his family and was so proud of them! So sorry for your loss, keeping you in my prayers!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Michelle Davis Reichling said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2022 at 10:21 PM

Dan was always a good friend and would do just about anything for you, to help you. I am SO saddened to hear of his untimely passing. Praying for his family at this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Brittany Baldwin-Goldman said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2022 at 8:56 PM

We are so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by many. Steve and I send all of our love and many thoughts and prayers to Dan's family.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Ponslers said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2022 at 8:50 PM

So very sorry for this loss !! You will be in our prayers ! Neighbors

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Mark & Rita Smiley said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2022 at 8:31 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the family. Dan was such a kind hearted and fun loving guy !! He will surely be missed by all

  • Freeport
  • Florida
Pamala Juenger said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2022 at 7:39 PM

Big hugs and prayers to Farida, Vina and Vanessa. I love you guys!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dana Luddeke Carroll said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2022 at 5:57 PM

Danny, you'll always be my little brother. Love you!!

  • Belleville
  • IL

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