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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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