Date Posted: 2017-03-23

Michael R. Ladwig, 58, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, March 23, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mike was born July 27, 1958, in Lexington, Nebraska to William E. and Marilyn L. (VerMaas) Ladwig. He was a 1977 graduate of Lexington High School. During high school Mike worked for Electric Fixture & Supply and A&W. After graduating, he began his working career with his folks working at B&M Service, he then worked construction in Texas, he drove truck for Crete Carrier, and in 1990, he began work at IBP during the construction phase. This job he held for 20 years. He loved racing, and to support his racing habit, he worked part-time for Chuck Tilson, then Darr Feedlot, Orthman Manufacturing, and was working for Masterhand Milling when he became sick with ALS, being diagnosed in 2016. 

Mike was united in marriage to Colleen Wiley on February 24, 1996, at Lexington. One daughter was blessed to this marriage, Mandy. Mike welcomed Colleen’s son, Chris as his own. 

Mike had many interests throughout his life. Of course, racing was #1, working in his shop, fishing, bowling, working on motors, and just “putzing” around. He had a great sense of humor, he loved to tease, was a hard worker, a little “stubborn”, but had a fierce love of his family, and he will be so very missed.

Mike is survived by his wife; Colleen Ladwig of Lexington, Nebraska; daughters, Mandy Ladwig of Lexington, Nebraska and Holly Ladwig of Omaha, Nebraska; son, Chris Wescoat of Lexington, Nebraska; mother, Marilyn Ladwig of Lexington, Nebraska; two sisters, Cindy (Bob) Turner of Wichita, Kansas and Michele (Daryl) Divoky of Omaha, Nebraska; two grandchildren, Jason & Justice; sister-in-law, Chris (Dave) Luong of Seward, Nebraska; mother-in-law, Nancy Shepard of Lexington, Nebraska; father-in-law, Jerry (Patricia) Wiley of Youngsville, Louisiana; aunts & uncles; Ken, Sr. (Lola) VerMaas of Lexington, Nebraska, Susan (Ron) Gray of Lexington, Nebraska, Arthur Schiers of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Jim (Renata) Shepard of Clearwater, Florida; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his dad. Also preceding him in death were two aunts and one uncle.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Joshua Stibb officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

It was Mike’s wishes his body be cremated following the funeral service with inurnment to be held later in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: