Ralph Clarence Lundeen of Cokato, passed away Nov. 29, 2020, at the age of 90, at his home in Cokato, surrounded by the loving care of his family.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at Highland Community Church in Cokato, a live stream will be available.
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Ralph was born in Cokato, Aug. 12, 1930, to Clarence and Margaret Lundeen. He was the eldest of four children. He attended school through eighth grade, and then worked at the family farm.
Ralph served in Korea (1952-1954) in the 45th Division 180th Tank Company. He was a tank gunner at “Heartbreak Ridge,” who made time to assist the chaplain, encouraging troops on the front line. During his time in Korea, he completed his General Education Degree.
After the war, Ralph returned to Cokato and married Margaret Ann (Peggy) Nyquist, Aug. 26, 1955. They were blessed with 65 years of marriage, eight children, 17 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
In 1957, Ralph invested in a commercial sewing machine, and started an upholstery business. He built his business by word-of-mouth, and by going door-to-door from Delano to Litchfield, Annandale to Hutchinson.
Soon, Ralph started selling furniture and floor covering. Lundeen Furniture and Upholstery was an integral part of a thriving downtown business community in Cokato from the ‘60s through the ‘80s.
Ralph was involved in starting the Cokato Ambulance Service in 1977, and served as its first director.
Ralph was a longtime member of Elim Mission Church, and served in many capacities throughout the years. He lived his life serving others. His many acts of love and kindness were often known only to those he served. Ralph numbered his days well, serving God and others, and had a heart of wisdom.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Peggy; children, Becky (Dan) Bravinder, Vicky (Paul) Neighbors, Randy (Phyllis) Lundeen, Patty (Spencer) Olson, Joel (Lisa Mae) Lundeen, Cheryl (Mike) Mabin, David Juntunen; grandchildren, Derek Bravinder, Alicia Walkes, Andrea Wilson, Seth Bravinder, Jonathan Neighbors, Reid Neighbors, Emily Dresow, Anna Neighbors, Whitney Malovrh, Amanda Lundeen, Rebecca Lundeen, Alex Lundeen, Joshua Olson, Kassandra Shimotsu, Michael Lundeen, Brianna Lundeen, Remii Juntunen; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Kenneth Lundeen, sisters, Betty Dahlin, Kay Stenberg, and son Richard Lundeen.