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Gerald Eugene Lundberg

Died: Mon., Oct. 10, 2016


Graveside Service

12:00 PM Fri., Oct. 21, 2016
Location: Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery


Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 22, 2016
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church


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MISSOULA – Gerald Eugene Lundberg, 92, of Missoula, passed away of natural causes Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living. He was born April 28, 1924, in Lemmon, South Dakota, the son of the late Joseph and Ida Lundberg. He was the third of 10 children. Jerry was raised in Lemmon and graduated from Lemmon High School. He was drafted into the Army during World War II and was ever proud to have been a part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. He was wounded Aug. 2, 1944. After recuperating in England, he was returned to combat in the Battle of the Bulge, narrowly escaping capture by German troops. After the war, Jerry returned and enrolled at the Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, South Dakota. There he met Alma Turney and they were married Sept. 5, 1946, in Miles City. After graduating, he taught school in Lemmon, St. Maries, Idaho, Darby and Corvallis. After retiring from teaching, he was instrumental in starting Gallatin National Life Insurance Co. in Bozeman. He and Alma moved to Missoula in 1972, where he was Western Regional manager for Life of Montana Insurance Co. Jerry was the longstanding chaplain for the Missoula American Legion Post 27. He was extremely proud of his military service and his Purple Heart medal. For years he made special appearances at Missoula schools sharing his knowledge of the Great Depression and WWII. He remained the consummate teacher to the end, often correcting anyone’s grammar. Jerry was and hunter and fisherman, and tied flies for many years. He and Alma volunteered at the University of Montana and Missoula Aging Services, helping with mailings and any tasks that needed to be done. Jerry was an ardent Grizzly and Lady Grizzly fan, even asking when the Grizzly football game was going to be on TV just two days before his passing. He greatly enjoyed corny jokes, entertaining kids with his penny tricks, and was an avid reader to the end. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elmer, Glen, Dean and Larry; and sisters, Viola and Eunice. He is survived by Alma, his wife of 70 years; children, Wayne (Lori) of Missoula, Kathy (Lany) Landis of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ernie (Renee) of Lincoln; three grandsons; brother, Marvin; sisters, Elaine and Mavis; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks. Interment will be at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery. More information will be available from Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. The family suggests memorials to a veteran’s organization or to Partners Hospice in Missoula.

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