David Lee Lundstrom

A memorial service for David Lee Lundstrom, 74, of New Brighton, Minn. was Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011

David Lundstrom

David Lundstrom

at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton with the Rev. Paul Larson officiating. A private burial will be at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

David died Dec. 21  peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

He was the fourth of seven children born to George LeRoy and Louise Lundstrom of Milaca. He graduated from Milaca High School in 1955, and was president of the student council as well as a member of the Milaca basketball team, which won the district championship in the same year. After serving briefly in the Air Force in Texas, he attended the University of Minnesota, graduating from the College of Mortuary Science in 1959.

On Oct. 7, 1961 he married Barbara Gravel of Onamia, Minn. and they made their home in Minneapolis, later settling in New Brighton. David purchased “James Ambulance & Livery” in 1962, from which he serviced several hospitals and funeral homes in the Minneapolis area. His limousine service provided transportation to numerous entertainers and dignitaries from the era such as the Beatles, the Monkees, the Dave Clark Five, Dean Martin and Jack Benny. In 1964, he expanded his operation and purchased “Olsen Ambulance,” from which he also acquired the ambulance contract for the Minnesota State Fair. After selling his ambulance business in 1967, he worked as a funeral director in the Twin Cities and central Minnesota until his retirement in 1996.

David built funeral homes in Milaca, Isle and Aitkin, and once served as president of the Lion’s Club in Isle.

Until 2005, he remained busy working various post-retirement jobs, pursuing the hobbies he loved and participating in his bowling league. David was truly a people person who could strike up a conversation with anyone. He had an unlimited reserve of stories to tell, and an uncanny ability to tell them. His beaming smile will be deeply missed by his family and the many friends who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; children, Lori Lundstrom of NE Minneapolis (Eric Pierson), Timothy Lundstrom of New Brighton and Paula Lundstrom of Columbia Heights; brother Loren of Henderson, Nev.; sisters, Shirley Siemers of Milaca, Julie Irvin of St Michael and Linda Kvamme of Williston, N.D.

David was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ivan; and sister Bonnie Dietz.
Arrangements were by the Miller Funeral Home in Fridley, Minn.

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