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Paul A Lunde


Tue, Dec 10th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Paul A. Lunde, age 96, of rural Preston, Minn., died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his home.

Paul was born October 20, 1917, in Austin, Minn., the son of Clarence and Stella (Anstett) Lunde. He was raised in Austin. At the time of his high school graduation he was working as an assistant pressman at the Austin Daily Herald. In October 1935, Paul began a five year printing apprenticeship at the US Government Printing Office. He became a Journeyman Printer in 1940, but that career was interrupted as the country prepared for war. Paul married Elizabeth VanGeuder June 1, 1940, in Washington D.C. In the same year he soloed in a Piper Cub and began his additional flying training.

By 1942, Paul was teaching pilot training to army cadets in Stearman open cockpit bi-planes. For the next 3 years he flew cargo planes for the Military Air Transport—from New York to Britain and to Casablanca—cargo eastbound and critically wounded soldiers westbound back to New York. In May 1945, Paul flew to Paris to bring a conquering general home. This was General Mark Clark, who arrived at Midway Airport in Chicago at high noon on Memorial Day, accompanied by 25 Illinois GI’s.

After the war, Paul continued flying with American Airlines, based in Chicago, until his retirement at age 60 in 1977. He started flying DC-3s for American; his last flight was in a DC-10. His favorite route was from Chicago to Honolulu to Sidney, Australia.

In 1970, Paul and Elizabeth moved to the family farm in Preston where he started a third career as a farmer/Angus breeder. They became the fifth generation of Lundes to live in the stone house originally built in 1865. Paul did the design and most of the construction on the expansion and modernization of the original home.

Paul is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, Joan (James) Fencil of Chicago, Ill., Peter (Sue) Lunde of Houston, Tex., and Paula Lunde, M.D. of Kalamazoo, Mich.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death his brother, C.A. Lunde.

The funeral will be noon on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston. Burial will be in the Union Prairie Cemetery in rural Preston. Friends may call at the funeral home 5 – 8 p.m., Wednesday and at the funeral home on Thursday an hour before the service.



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Kay Sunde

Wed, Dec 4th, 2013
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Kay Sunde, 72, of Preston, Minn. died Monday, December 2, 2013. Kay was born September 26, 1941 in Spring Valley, Minn. to Irving and Beatrice (Jerred) Applen. She graduated from Wykoff High School and later in life received her LPN degree from Ro ..... 
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Doris Marie Prinsen

Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013
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Doris Marie Prinsen, age 94, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Preston, Minn., passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Hospice of Arizona (Greenfield House) in Mesa. Doris was born in Preston on May 21, 1919, to John and Mary (Ledebo ..... 
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Gertrude “Gert” Kneeskern

Mon, Nov 25th, 2013
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Gertrude “Gert” Kneeskern, 70, of Richland, died early Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at her home in Richland. She was born June 16, 1943, in Wrenshall, Minn., to Gilbert and Harriet DeJarlis Wolf. Gert grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated fro ..... 
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Josephine C. Benson

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
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Josephine C. Benson, 100 years of age, died on Thursday, October 31 at her home at Traditions in Preston, Minn., where she resided for the last 4.5 years. Jo was born on September 15, 1913 in Owatonna, Minn. to John and Mary Pelinka. She graduated ..... 
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Rubye C. Nagle

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013
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Rubye C. Nagle, age 97, of Preston, Minn., died Sunday morning, October 27, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Rubye was born April 7, 1916, in Harmony, Minnesota, the daughter of Elmer and Rose (Rueber) Jacobson. She was a 1934 ..... 
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Leonard “Lenny” Floyd Bush

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013
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Leonard “Lenny” Floyd Bush, 67 passed away at St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. He was born on June 18, 1946 to John Sr and Elaine (Murray) Bush. Lenny was the life of the party and always was up to some mischief. He was love ..... 
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Frances I. Kramer

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013
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It is with great sadness that the family of Frances I. Kramer, 95, of Preston, Minn., died Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Frances was born on August 11, 1918 in Carimona Township, Fillmore County, Minn. the daughter of Frank and Clara (Flaby) Workman ..... 
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Carol Marie Smith

Tue, Oct 29th, 2013
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Carol Marie Smith, 64, of Dorchester, Iowa, died Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. Carol M. Smith was born July 23, 1949, in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of Leroy and Margaret (Schutz) Colsch. She attended ..... 
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