Leaving A Legacy: My Grandpa Dr. R. A. Lund

On Friday, my grandfather’s body will be placed in the ground. We do so because we believe we are planting a seed, and that the Lord Jesus Christ will be harvesting humanity and raising us to new life. I’ve been so blessed by my grandpa, and what follows is his obituary and funeral service order. The notice at the funeral home is here.

A celebration of life service for Dr. R. A. (Rod) Lund, 91, of Fairmont, MN, will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 9, at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont with Military Honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County V.F.W. Post 1222. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 8, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, MN, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Dr. Lund passed away on Friday evening, December 2, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Rodney Alton Lund was born on March 19, 1920, in Opheim, Montana, the son of Charles and Maia (Bollum) Lund. He grew up in South Dakota, primarily Watertown, and then moved to Detroit Lakes, MN, in 1934, where he graduated from Detroit Lakes High School. In April of 1942, he graduated from the Minneapolis Chiropractic School. That same year he was inducted into the U.S. Army and was united in marriage to Mildred Melberg on June 5, 1942, in Little Rock, AR. In the Army he received additional medical training and served as a First Lieutenant during WW II. He served overseas in the European Theatre as a Surgeon’s Assistant. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army he served as a Doctor of Chiropractic in St. Paul and Detroit Lakes before moving to Fairmont in 1948. God blessed Rod and Millie with three children, and they raised their family in Fairmont. Dr. Lund practiced as a Chiropractor for sixty years. Millie passed away on October 18, 1993. Rod moved to Lakeview Health Services in December of 2009 after a stroke, and loved both the residents and caring staff.

Dr. Lund was very active in his church and the community. He was a long time member of Bethel Evangelical Free Church where he served as Chairman, Elder, Deacon, and taught Adult Sunday School for almost 60 years. Rod loved Jesus Christ and so enjoyed introducing people to Him. He and Millie led several home Bible studies for many years. Rod loved being with his family and friends and enjoyed traveling. He served as president and received an award for 60 years of perfect attendance in the Noon Kiwanis Club. He served as president and board member of the Gideons, Salvation Army, Martin County Brotherhood, PTA, and served as president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Lund passed away on Firday evening, December 2, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont at the age of ninety-one years, eight months and thirteen days.

Rod’s legacy of a life well-lived will be cherished by his three children, Nancy Gunther and her husband, Bob, of Fairmont, Beverly Johnson and her husband, Richard, of Maple Grove, MN, Dr. John Lund and his wife, Sue, of Fairmont; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Eden of New York, NY, Mark Johnson and his fiancée, Carole Wineman, of Chicago, IL, Scott Johnson and his wife, Sarah, of St. Louis Park, MN, Rev. Brian Lund and his wife, Samantha, and their son, Aidan, of Garner, IA, Christie Schmidt and her husband, Alex, and their daughter, Sophia, of Fairmont, MN; one brother, Rev. Willard Lund of Stoughton, WI; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeanne and Richard Willett of Brooklyn Park, MN, Joanne and Arid Skoglund of Blaine, MN; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many treasured friends. In addition to his parents, parents-in-law, and wife, Dr. Lund was also preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, Gerhard and Alma Lund, Irving and Olga Lund; sister and her husband, Eunice and James Douglas; sister-in-law, Mae Lund; and a nephew, Richard Willett.

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Dr. R. A. (Rod) Lund
March 19, 1920 – December 2, 2011

Service
11:00 am Friday, December 9, 2011
Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Fairmont, MN

Clergy
Pastor Scott DeWitt
Pastor Greg Donnelly
Rev. Brian Lund

Music
Myrna Phelps, Pianist
Sherry Truman, Keyboard

Elizabeth Eden & Christie Schmidt, Duet
“Blessings”

Congregational Hymns
“‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”
“All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus”
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Internment
Lakeside Cemetary
Fairmont, MN

Casket Bearers
Mark Johnson ~ Scott Johnson ~ Alex Schmidt
Brian Lund ~ Fred Link ~ Gary McMurtry

Full Military Honors
Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36
Martin County V.F.W. Post 1222

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