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John Lodewick


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John Widney Lodewick passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. John was born in Roswell, New Mexico on August 18, 1937 to Stanley Widney Lodewick and Laura Ballard Lodewick.

A 1955 graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, John first came to Dallas that same year to attend Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of the Thundering Herd pledge class of Phi Gamma Delta.

After graduating from SMU in 1959, John joined the Marines where he attained the rank of Captain. While serving his time at El Toro Marine Air Base in California, he met his beloved wife of 56 years, Julia Ann Kuhn. After the Marines, he returned to Dallas and earned his law degree at SMU in 1965. Upon graduation he began his law career which lasted over 40 years.

Over the years, John spent countless fun-filled hours with his family and many devoted friends in Dallas, New Mexico and Ferndale Fishing Club.

An avid self-taught golfer since his youth in Roswell, he was a charter member of Royal Oaks Country Club, his “home away from home,” where he served on the board and continued to walk 18 holes. John was also an active member of the Salesmanship Club and the SMU Mustang Club.

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Predeceased by his parents and older siblings, Richard Ballard Lodewick and Laura Patricia Lodewick, John is survived by his wife, Julie; his children Laura Lodewick Waterston and Patrick Widney Lodewick, their spouses Tass and Cindy; and four grandchildren – Megan, Elise, Miles and Lainie.

As his family and all who were blessed to know him will readily attest, “Papa John” never met a stranger and was loved by all.

A memorial service was held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church on August 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s memory to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the SMU Mustang Club or a charity of your choice.

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