Charles Russell Lundeen, age 84, of Texas, formerly of Cokato, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Villa at Mountain View, a skilled nursing facility in Dallas.
Chuck was born June 25, 1929, in Detroit, MI. He was adopted by Victor and Linnea Lundeen of Albion, MN, and grew up on a farm.
He attended Albion Evangelical Free church, and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse.
When his father became seriously ill, Chuck quit high school to work their farm. Later, he studied on his own and passed a high school equivalency test.
He attended Trinity College and Seminary in Minneapolis, and in Chicago when the school relocated there, graduating in 1949.
At Trinity, Chuck met Grace Nelson of Croton-on-Hudson, NY. They were married Sept. 9, 1950. Grace and Chuck had four children: Sharon (born in 1951), Dave (1953), Vaughn (1954), and Doug (1958).
The couple first lived in Cokato, where they farmed, and Chuck did part-time preaching in the area, and enjoyed buying and selling old cars and tractors.
In 1958, they moved to Border, MN, where Chuck served as pastor of a small Evangelical Free Church.
They moved to Croton-on-Hudson, NY in 1960, where they built a home and Chuck worked with his brother-in-law in construction work. He later started working for a car transport company, delivering new Chevys from Tarrytown, NY.
In 1967, they moved back to Cokato, hoping to open a truck stop along Highway 12, but that did not work out, so Chuck farmed and preached part time. They became Amway distributors, and Chuck also spent several years over-the-road trucking.
They attended Elim Mission Church in Cokato, where Chuck enjoyed serving as a greeter and an usher, and teaching adult Sunday school classes. He and Grace loved to sing duets in church, while he played the accordion. Chuck also served as interim pastor one year while the church was seeking a new pastor.
In his retirement years, Chuck studied for and passed his real estate license and did some real estate work. In 2010, they moved to Dallas, TX, to be near their daughter, Sharon, and her family, where they have since resided.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Grace; one grandson, Jon Barr; and one great-grandchild, Karen Mattila.
He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Barr; his three sons, Dave, Vaughn, and Doug Lundeen; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.