Stanley M. Lund, 94, of Alexandria, Minn., formerly of Bowdon, Minot and West Fargo, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Grand Arbor Retirement Home in Alexandria.
Stanley Lund was born June 10, 1918, to Peter and Johanne (Madsen) Lund, who came to the United States from Denmark in 1907. Stanley was born on the family farm northeast of Bowdon, where he was raised and educated. He was baptized and confirmed at Bowdon Lutheran Church and his early years were spent helping his parents on the farm and doing odd jobs throughout the Bowdon community.
On Nov. 10, 1942, Stanley entered the Army and served his country during World War II in the American, European, African, and Middle Eastern Theaters. He reached the rank of sergeant and received an expert rifle rating. On March 22, 1946, he was honorably discharged at Camp McCoy, Wis. Stanley returned to Bowdon, where he began farming on his own in 1947.
On Nov. 20, 1947, he was married to Theola "Dolly" Buchmiller Somerville in McClusky. They spent the next 18 years on their farm just north of Bowdon. Stanley always said the farm was a good place to raise a family.
In 1966, after Stanley was appointed postmaster in Bowdon, they retired from farming and moved into Bowdon, where he began handling mail.
Stanley was active in civic affairs throughout the Bowdon community. He served on the Bowdon Lutheran Church, Bowdon City and Bowdon School boards. He was a member of the local American Legion post, volunteer fire department, and was involved with the FHA, 4-H and many other local activities.
Following his retirement in 1980, Stanley enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and other important events that needed taking care of. They spent the next 14 winters enjoying the sun and warm climate of Arizona.
In 1984, wanting to be closer to their children and grandchildren, they moved to Minot, where they became members of Zion Lutheran Church, the Moose Lodge and the Golden Kiwanis Club. They learned to enjoy life in a little bigger city.
Following Dolly's death in 2006, Stanley remained in Minot until moving to West Fargo in September 2010, where he resided at Eventide Sheyenne Crossing retirement home. On June 10, 2012, he moved to Alexandria, Minn., and had resided at the Grand Arbor retirement home since.
He is survived by: his sister, Christine Thormodsgard, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter, Cathy (John) Filler, of Miles City, Mont.; two sons, Allen (Coty) Lund, of Alexandria, Minn. and Jerry (Janice Sedivec) Lund, of West Fargo; stepson, Dean (Diana) Somerville, of Minot; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Stanley was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; three brothers, Edwin, Alfred and Weggo; and one sister, Stella Hildebrant.
Funeral: May 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Bowdon Lutheran Church in Bowdon.
Visitation: Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden.
Prayer Service: Saturday, March 2, 5 p.m., at Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden.
Burial: Wayside Cemetery of Bowdon.