Dr. R. A. (Rod) Lund, 91
Fairmont – A celebration of life service for Dr. R. A. (Rod) Lund, age 91, of Fairmont, was held Dec. 9, at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont with Military Honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County V.F.W. Post 1222.
Dr. Lund passed away on Friday evening, Dec. 2, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.
Rodney Alton Lund was born on March 19, 1920, in Opheim, Mont., the son of Charles and Maia (Bollum) Lund. He grew up in South Dakota, primarily Watertown, and then moved to Detroit Lakes in 1934, where he graduated from Detroit Lakes High School. In April of 1942 he graduated from the Minneapolis Chiropractic School. That same year he was inducted into the U.S. Army and was united in marriage to Mildred Melberg on June 5, 1942 in Little Rock, Ark. In the Army he received additional medical training and served as a First Lieutenant during WW II. He served overseas in the European Theatre as a Surgeon’s Assistant. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army he served as a Doctor of Chiropractic in St. Paul and Detroit Lakes before moving to Fairmont in 1948. God blessed Rod and Millie with three children, and they raised their family in Fairmont. Dr. Lund practiced as a Chiropractor for 60 years. Mildred passed away on Oct. 18, 1993. Rod moved to Lakeview Health Services in December of 2009 after a stroke, and loved both the residents and caring staff.
Dr. Lund was very active in his church and the community. He was a long time member of Bethel Evangelical Free Church where he served as Elder, Deacon, and taught Adult Sunday school for almost 60 years. Rod loved Jesus Christ and so enjoyed introducing people to him. He and Millie led several home Bible studies for many years. Rod loved being with his family and friends and enjoyed traveling. He served as president and received an award for 60 years of perfect attendance in the Noon Kiwanis Club. He served as president and board member of the Gideons, Salvation Army, Martin County Brotherhood, PTA and served as president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association.
Rod’s legacy of a life well-lived will be cherished by his three children, Nancy (Bob) Gunther, of Fairmont, Beverly (Richard) Johnson, of Maple Grove, and Dr. John (Sue) Lund, of Fairmont; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Eden, of New York, N.Y., Mark Johnson (fiancé, Carole Wineman), of Chicago, Ill., Scott (Sarah) Johnson, of St. Louis Park, Rev. Brian (Samantha) Lund, and their son, Aidan, of Garner, Iowa, and Christie (Alex) Schmidt, and their daughter, Sophia, of Fairmont; one brother, Rev. Willard Lund, of Stoughton, Wis.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeanne and Richard Willett, of Brooklyn Park, and Joanne and Arid Skoglund, of Blaine; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many treasured friends.
In addition to his parents, parents-in-law, and wife, Dr. Lund was also preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, Gerhard and Alma Lund, and Irving and Olga Lund; sister and her husband, Eunice and James Douglas; sister-in-law, Mae Lund; and a nephew, Richard Willett.