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Elmer W. Lund, 92

Elmer William Lund, age 92, of Darwin, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Ecumen (Emmanuel) Home in Litchfield.

He was born April 13, 1919, in Forest City, the son of Oscar and Bertha (Lohse) Lund.

Elmer grew up in the Forest City area and attended district schooling for his education.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.

Elmer was united in marriage to Florence Radley. The couple made their home in the Darwin and Watkins areas.

Elmer then moved to California, where he lived until moving back to the Darwin area in 1977.

He had farmed for many years, before he decided to drive truck.

Elmer enjoyed fishing, playing harmonica, cards, and old time and polka music.

He is survived by his children, Geneva (Ralph) Thompson of Richmond, Elmer Clyde Lund Jr. of Willmar, Sidney Dean (DiAnn) Lund, and Charlene Ann (Mark) Helmbrecht, all of Litchfield; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Elmer is further survived by a special friend, Virginia Johnson of Darwin; and siblings Arnie Lund St. Paul, Myrtle Ninow of Starbuck, and Darlene Lossman of Hartman, AR.

He was preceded in death by his spouse, Florence; three infant children; his parents; siblings Margaret Johnson, Bernice Johnson, Lawrence Lund, and Vernon Lund, and a half-brother, John Lund.

The funeral service took place Friday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin, with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Joe Midthun officiated at the service and interment, with military honors by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard, was at the Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.