Russell Fredrick Lundell
Russell Fredrick Lundell, age 81, of Starbuck, Minn., formerly of Howard Lake and Delano, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 at his home.
He was born Dec. 5, 1925 at the family home in Ortonville, Minn., the son of Fred and Hazel (Bauer) Lundell. When Russ’ father died two weeks after his birth, his mother moved the family to Delano, to be closer to her family.
In 1928, Russ’ mother remarried, and they moved to Corona, S.D., where Russ and his sister began attending country school. Soon after, the family lived for a short time in Wilmot, S.D. and then Ortonville, before returning to Delano to farm with Hazel’s family.
In 1939, they moved to Howard Lake, where Russ graduated from Howard Lake High School, and also met a very special girl named Jeanne M. Anderson, who he immediately began courting.
Russ entered the US Navy Dec. 4, 1943, serving in World War II until May 7, 1946. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home and enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Minnesota.
Russ and Jeanne were united in marriage Aug. 16, 1947 at the Lutheran church in Cokato, and then made their home in Minneapolis.
Because there were too many GI students at the U of M, Russ left school and took a job working for the Day Company. Learning his trade on the job, Russ became a machine designer and project sales engineer for Day Co., where he worked until 1969.
In 1967, Russ and Jeanne adopted their son, Ross, and in 1969, they adopted their daughter, Jodi.
In 1970, Russ’ desire to farm brought the family to Starbuck, where they farmed until 1982. He then returned to working as a mechanical designer, first in Minneapolis for a couple years and then for 3M in Alexandria, where he worked from 1984 until 1990. In 1986, the couple moved from their farm into Starbuck, and they have lived there since that time.
Russell was a member of Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck. His favorite hobbies were golfing, fishing and hunting. Most of all, Russ loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Lundell of Starbuck; his son, Ross Lundell (special friend Heather Berghorst) of Alexandria; his daughter, Jodi (Steve) Melsness of Plymouth; a granddaughter, Sophia Melsness of Plymouth; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Eleanor Norquist; and a nephew, Tom Boxell.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck with the Rev. John Beem officiating. Monica Gosseling was the organist, with Vic Vatthauer serving as soloist. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Fron Lutheran Cemetery near Starbuck, with military rites provided by the Starbuck VFW.
Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck, and continued Thursday for one hour prior to services at the church.
Pallbearers were Russell’s great-niece and great-nephews, Michael Boxell, Kristin Sherman, Caleb Lanners, Drew Lanners, Dillon Lanners, and Mickey Boxell.
Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck handled the arrangements.
The family prefers memorials to the Pope County Hospice or the American Cancer Society.