Mille Lacs County Times

Obituary Posted: 2/23/06

James (Les) Lunn

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Funeral services for James Leslie Lunn, 81, of Milaca, were held Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca. Burial will follow at Milo Cemetery. A visitation was scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday.

Pallbearers included Tim Possin, Mike Possin, David Possin, Jon Abel, Joel Abel and Lynn Klinghagen.

James Leslie (Les) Lunn was born on April 1, 1924 in McLean County, N. D. He was the first-born son of George Laurie and Mable (Lundeen) Lunn. Les was big brother to three sisters: Marion (Abel) of Wright, Sybil (Wickstrom) of Pease and Ives (Possin) of Mankato. As a teenager Les moved with his family to the Lunn homestead south of Milaca. He graduated from Milaca High School. Lesís father, George, taught him to handle and love horses. He also taught him the construction trade. Les joined the U.S. Navy in January of 1943 and was assigned to duty with the Navy Armed Guard. He spent two years on merchant ships and saw action in the North Atlantic and South Pacific war zones. He was honorably discharged in January 1946. Les returned to the Milaca area, where he met and later married Beatrice Johnson on May 6, 1949. He built their first home in Foreston where he served as volunteer fire chief and their first three children, James Alan (Jim)), Judith Ann (Judy) and Jay Robert were born. In 1953 the family moved to acreage between Foreston and Milaca where they lived for almost 50 years. Les supported his family working road construction until he founded Lunn Construction Company in 1959 with Bea as his bookkeeper and accountant. He began straightening and shingling barns and doing home improvements. As time went on he took on more concrete work, built many new homes, churches, public and commercial buildings, and utility sub-stations. Les enjoyed playing cards and bowling with neighbors, local sporting events, and hunting trips with friends and family. Lesís favorite trips were those to the Bitterroot Mountains in Wyoming and Montana. In 1966 Joe George Lunn joined the family. Jim was in college, then the Army, Judy moved away for college and career and Jay joined Lunn Construction Company and started his own family. Joe kept them young, attending school functions and hockey games.

The family grew with Jayís wife, Rosemary (Roehl), Cambridge; Jimís wife Jane Ann (Reat) Lunn of Albuquerque, N.M.; Judyís husband, Paul Shannon of Arlington, Texas; and Joeís wife Denise (Hengel) Lunn of Foley; and grandchildren, Julie Marie Lunn of Boulder, Colo., Ryan Jay Lunn of Ashland, Wis., Lori Jane Shannon of Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Ann Shannon of Arlington, Texas, and Jennifer Shepherd Abernathy and her husband Mack of China Spring, Texas; and great-granddaughter, Kalie Montana Abernathy of China Spring, Texas.

Les was a lifetime member of both the American Legion and the VFW. He was an American Legion Commander and a member of the Legion Honor Guard. Until his death on Feb. 19, 2006, Les retained an interest in Lunn Construction Company, maintaining relationships with business associates throughout the state. He could always be called upon to use his creativity and mechanical skills to design and build a multitude of tools and other aids to make the work easier.

Arrangements were with the Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home of Milaca.

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