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Ford A. Lund

Died: Thu., Jan. 28, 2016


No services to be held


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STEVENSVILLE – Ford A. Lund, 83, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, surrounded by his family. Ford was born July 5, 1932, in Duluth, Minnesota, he grew up by Lake Superior and learned to skate and play hockey. That is where he became one of the Minnesota Vikings No. 1 fans. He met Lorraine E. Robinson and they were married Nov. 1, 1952; they raised six children together. He was drafted into the Korean War and was a decorated war soldier, receiving a commendation for going across enemy lines to bring back two wounded Greek soldiers. He was one of two American soldiers to wear the Greek Army Badge of Honor on his uniform for this brave act. After the war he became a plumber and worked in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Montana, where they settled in Stevensville and the Bitterroot became his home. He was a plumber for years and did many projects around the Bitterroot, Missoula and Flathead valleys. After he retired he needed something to keep him busy, so he became a greeter at Walmart. Lorraine died Oct. 1, 2002, and he was lost. While working at Walmart, he met Rae Bauer and they were married Oct. 18, 2003. Rae was his constant companion for 12 years up until his death. She also brought into his family two daughters, who enjoyed calling him Dad. Ford was a Cub Scout master and worked with the Eagle Scouts in Washington. He enjoyed planning pranks with his boys to get a raise out of their mom and spent several years going and cheering on the Grizzly football team with his two daughters and many Griz fans. He loved singing while he was working, fishing, camping and sitting around a campfire and drinking strong coffee. He played Santa to many kids in the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys. His favorite thing to do was surprising his grandchildren at school dressed as Santa. Ford was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Lorraine; his brother, Leonard Lund; and his mother, Kate. He is survived by his wife, Rae of Stevensville; his daughter, Nancy (Rocque) Couvillion of Florence; son, Michael Lund of Joseph, Oregon; son, Jerry (David) Lund-Nixon of Malaga, Spain; son, Thomas Lund of Missoula; daughter, Tammie (David) Edgerton of Missoula; son, Tim Lund of Missoula; stepdaughters, Amy (Josh) Klein of Missoula and Andrea Bauer of South Dakota; sister-in-law, Janet Lund Johnson of Duluth; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and many friends he called family. Ford was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. The kind of man who would help you out without being asked. A special thank you to Wish of a Lifetime for their wonderful organization that make wishes come true for senior citizens, for sending Ford on the trip of his dreams, where he finally got to see his beloved Minnesota Vikings in September 2015. Thank you to his nephews, Dan Lund of Minnesota and Gary Lund of Texas, for making the trip to Minneapolis to see their uncle. It meant the world to him. To Community Medical Center, thank you for your compassion in making him comfortable and your special caring to his grieving family. Nurses are truly sent from heaven. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ford’s name to Wish of a Lifetime, Fox Hollow Animal Project or Hilda’s Room at Community Medical Center. Their contacts can be found through the Internet. “We will miss you and we love you to the moon and back.”

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Linda Larsen
   Posted Fri February 05, 2016
Rae and family,
I just heard of Ford's passing and want to send my condolences. I remember Ford as a kind and friendly man. He was great grandfather and went out of his way to take care of those he loved. It was always a pleasure to visit with him. Rae, I remember you and Ford and your family fondly and deeply appreciated your volunteer work when I knew you.
Sincerely,
Linda Larsen

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