Alton Paul Lund, Noonan, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Trinity Nursing Home in Minot, after fighting a long, hard battle with cancer. His family and friends surrounded him as he made his way to the land of prosperity and peace.
Funeral services will be Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at 11 a.m., in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Noonan, with Ethyl Mae Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Noonan. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 17, at Stakston-Martin Funeral Home in Crosby, and also one hour before the service at the church
Alton Paul Lund was born Feb. 2, 1948, in Stanley, to Helmer and Elsie (Tabbert) Lund. He attended Alger Township country school and graduated from Stanley High School in 1966. Alton received his degree from the State School of Science-Wahpeton in 1968 in mechanics and welding.
Growing up, he helped his parents on their farm and ranch in Alger Township. After college, he owned the Standard Oil Gas Station and Repair Shop in Ross until the land was sold for highway expansion.
In 1972, Alton married Carole Bergstrom of Tioga. They moved to Crosby, where Alton worked for Knudson Tractors. In 1974, they moved to Noonan, where they raised three sons and two daughters. In 1977, Alton began working for Geving Sanitation Service. In 1983 he purchased the business and operated it as Lund Sanitation. The marriage was dissolved in 1996. He sold the business in October 2009.
His greatest joy in recent years was his marriage to Lynn Sexton in November 2006. The trips they made to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii were highlights of his life and later years with Lynn.
Alton also took great pride in his grandchildren, making them find Tootsie Rolls hidden in his shirt pocket. He also enjoyed attending auctions and finding that "great buy." Alton loved to fish, hunt, water-ski, and snowmobile when he was not working. He was also an avid gun collector.
He was a member of Bethlethem Lutheran Church in Noonan, attended Boy Scouts as a child, was a volunteer fireman, member of various gun clubs, and a 37-year member of the Noonan Lions Club, holding the offices of president, vice-president, zone chairman, Lion Tamer, and Tail Twister. He also dedicated much time and use of his equipment for community functions, such as Centennials, Jubilees, and reunions.
Alton was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie Lund; and his sons, Jerrad and Tyler Lund.
He is survived by: his beloved wife, Lynn, Noonan; his father, Helmer, of Stanley; his son, Dallas Lund, of Noonan; daughters, Brenda (Jon) Hiatt, of Tioga, and Kimberly Lund, of Williston, his stepson, Nuttee Ratanapiseth, and companion, Katherine, and stepdaughter, Nion (Phil) Dewick, all of Australia; his brother, Allen (Debbie) Lund, of Ross, and his sister, Darlene (Will) Tiffany, of Bantry. Also, eight grandchildren, Kasandra and Kaitlyn Lund, Kasey Hiatt, Bree and Joree Obergfell, and JerradTyler (JT) Hiatt, Odinn Surber and Koby Dewick; and also many aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby is in charge of arrangements.