Lowell Lunde, 90, Bloomington

Published 9:34 am Monday, June 3, 2013

Lowell Jacob Lunde, 90, of Bloomington, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, died on Friday, May 31, 2013, at Methodist Hospital. Lowell was born July 17, 1922, in Hayward, to Carl K. and Inga Lunde on the Lunde family farm. Lowell graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1940. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Lowell enlisted with his best friend Curtis Larson and proudly served as a member of the United States Marines Corps during World War II. He was one of the first occupying troops to land in Nagasaki two weeks after the atom bomb dropped. After an extension of his four-year term he was discharged in 1945 and returned to the Lunde dairy farm.

Lowell Lunde

Lowell Lunde

On a blind-date set-up by his best friend and future wife’s cousin, he met the love of his life, Donna Mae Kathleen Larson, at the Freeborn County Fair on a hot summer night. Four years later, they wed at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Longing to show his love the ocean and mountains, Lowell took Donna on an unforgettable month-long honeymoon out West. They were happily married for more than 61 years and blessed with five children, Russell Allan, Carl Kristian, Lowell Bryan, Karin Annette and Kathryn Ann, where they resided in Bloomington.

Lowell was an active member of the Lutheran church and passionate lover of music, singing baritone for the choir. Lowell proudly worked for Deere & Co. for 25 years. He loved traveling and took his family on many cross-country trips to show them the world. Outgoing and adventurous, he knew and loved everyone. Lowell was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae; his parents and younger brother David. He is survived by his youngest brother, Julian (Lola); children, Russell (Lai La), Kris (Jan), Bryan (Nobuko), Karin (Kevin) Batchelder and Kate (Craig) Tollefson; 11 grandchildren, Carissa (Tyler) Rue, Bryce (Allison) Lunde, Briana (Patrick) Schiebout, Christine, Robert, Phillip and James Lunde, Kyle and Timothy Batchelder and Evan and Reece Tollefson; and five great-grandchildren, Hailey, Kira, Brayden, Elliot and Nora. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Masonic Home, Methodist Hospital and Park Nicollet Clinic of Bloomington. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christ The King Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be from 11 a.m. to noon. A burial service will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Bloomington at 2:30 p.m.

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