AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - After more than 15 years on the bench, Judge Victor Ludwig has called it quits.

The 71-year-old Staunton native began his career clerking for Supreme Court Justice George Cochran, followed by many years of practicing law and five years as a juvenile and domestic relations judge.

For the last 10 years, he’s presided over Virginia's 25th Circuit Court in Augusta County.

Ludwig, who prefers to stay out of the public eye, says his focus has always been on his work. He describes himself as observing the separation of powers, faithful in applying the law, and objective in deciding the facts.

"He doesn't set himself above others,” Carol Brydge, clerk of Augusta Circuit Court, said. “He looks at himself as he is here to do a job. And he is very meticulous in his preparation for court. He is one of a kind and he is going to be sorely missed. He already is missed."

The husband, father, and grandfather hopes to use his retirement to spend more time with family, research genealogy, and occasionally fill in on the bench.

He is also considering writing a memoir of his time serving in Vietnam as an artillery supervisor.

His last day was December 31.