Donald Lund

Aug. 7, 1932-March 2, 2018

Donald “Hap” Lund, 85,

Minot, passed away on

Friday, March 2, 2018, at

a Minot nursing home.

Hap was born on Au-

gust 7, 1932 in Minot, ND

to Elmer and Leona

(Kjera) Lund. He was

raised and educated in

Minot, graduating from

Minot High School in

1950. After graduation,

Hap joined the US Army

and proudly served his

country in the Korean

Conflict. When Hap re-

turned from Korea, he be-

gan working for the Bur-

lington Northern Railroad

as a carman, a job he

would have until he re-

tired in 1991.

On April 23, 1962, Hap

was united in marriage to

Joan Pitner. Together they

would enjoy over 55 years

of married life and be

blessed with two children,

Duane and Connie.

Hap was a self-taught

cook who was well known

for cooking good meals for

the men who were work-

ing whenever there was a

train wreck. He was also a

regular, first at Harley’s

and later at Edgewood

Bistro, where he would

hang out and chat with all

of his fellow old railroad

men. This was only natur-

al for a man who was so

sociable. He received the

nickname “Hap” because

of his happy, friendly na-

ture. His family never had

to worry about losing him

at a store because his

laugh could always be

heard. Hap got along with

everyone. For him, if you

weren’t his friend that

was only because you

hadn’t met him yet.

After he retired, Hap

picked up woodworking

as a hobby. He particular-

ly enjoyed making

wooden toys that worked,

like little wooden golf

carts or semis. Hap re-

ceived many blue ribbons

at the North Dakota State

Fair for the various toys

he submitted. In addition,

Hap was an avid fan of his

grandsons’ sports. He

would always show up at

least an hour before the

start of a game to get a

front row seat. Hap fol-

lowed his grandsons’

successes in the paper

and collected any paper

clippings about their

sports exploits and made

each of them a scrapbook

of his collections.

Hap was a member of

the Velva American Le-

gion, Minot VFW and Ea-

gles, 40 et 8, and the Le-

gion Drum and Bugle

Corps. He always learned

to play a song by ear so he

never bothered to learn to

read sheet music. Hap

was a wonderful man who

will be greatly missed by

all who knew him.

Hap is survived by: his

wife, Joan; his son Duane

(Sue) Lund, Sawyer;

daughter Connie (Bruce)

Geyer, Minot; sisters: Judy

(Marvin) Ness, Douglas,

ND, and Julie Kay (Kerry)

Bjelland, Washington;

brother-in-laws: Pete

Johnson, Minot; Lawrence

(Barbara) Pitner, Minot;

Joseph Pitner, Jr., Minot;

John (Irene) Pitner, Minot;

sister-in-laws: Gladys

Kraft, Norwich; Joyce

Bean, Missouri;

grandchildren Nikki

(Mark) Rau, Colton Lund,

Dylan Lund, Kali (Justin)

Westmeyer, and Mindi

(Josh) Grudzinski;


McKlayne, Trey, Sutton,

and Tandy Rau; and

several nieces, nephews,

and cousins.

He was preceded in

death by: his parents; sis-

ter Donna Johnson;

brother-in-laws: Daniel

Pitner and Peter Kraft,

and sisters-in-laws: Judy

and Jackie Pitner;

mother-in-law and

father-in-law Regina and

Joseph Pitner.

There will be visiting

hours at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home in Minot on Sa-

turday, March 10, 2018,

from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with

a graveside service to fol-

low at Sunset Memorial

Gardens in Minot. In lieu

of flowers, the family re-

quest a donation be made

in Hap’s memory to the

organization of the

donor’s choice. Those

wishing to sign the online

register and share

memories may access the

online obituaries section

at (www.thompson