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Arlen Lunde

Nov. 12, 1946-July 18, 2009

Arlen D. Lunde, 62, of Flom, Minn., died unexpectedly Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Flom.

Arlen D. Lunde was born the son of Orlando and Norma (Rikhus) Lunde on Nov. 12, 1946 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised near Flom, where he was baptized and confirmed at the Aspelund Lutheran Church. Arlen attended grade school at Flom for the first grade, and then went to the Waubun grade school until the fifth grade. He moved with his family to Babbitt, Minn., for the next four years of his life. They returned to the Flom community, and Arlen graduated from Waubun High School with the class of 1964.

During high school and after graduation, Arlen worked with his father as a grader operator. In the mid-1960s, he joined the National Guard, where he served for six years. In 1970 he married Jane Foltz. They made their home near Flom, and he continued to operate his road grading business, primarily providing blade service to the area townships.

Over the years, Arlen's business continued to grow, and is now known as Lunde Blade and Gravel. Lunde Blade and Gravel is currently the major excavating business in this area, but they still operate their blade service in the area townships as Arlen had in the early years.

Arlen had a reputation for always getting the job done, no matter how large or small it might be or how much other work he had scheduled. He will long be remembered as an astute, hard working businessman in the community and as a valued friend and neighbor to many.

Arlen was a member of the Flom League of Men, Flom Community Club and the Mahnomen American Legion. He enjoyed camping, golfing, driving his Corvette and for the past few years, spending a few months during the winter in his home in Arizona. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends and always loved having a good time.

Arlen is survived by his friend, Bonnie Cogger of Flom; one daughter, Christy (Jeff) Eickhoff of Montevideo, Minn.; two sons, Dwayne Lunde of New York City, N.Y., and Chad (Joni) Lunde of Detroit Lakes; his mother, Norma Lunde of Flom; two sisters, Sandra (Terry) Fornes of Loveland, Colo., and Rhonda (Jim) Tweeter of Richville; two brothers, Gary (Linda) Lunde and David (Diane) Lunde, both of Flom; and his five grandchildren.

Arlen's father, Orlando, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, with at prayer service at 7 p.m., in Aspelund Lutheran Church, Flom.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22 at Aspelund Lutheran Church, Flom, with the Rev. Chad Peterson officiating. Pallbearers are Jason Lunde, Eric (Beezer) Boman, Jeri Thompson, Tim Safar, Mark Kersting and Bob Stevens. Honorary pallbearers are Arlen's grandchildren, Bailey, Alissa, Aiden, Megan and Ellie. Burial will take place in the Aspelund Lutheran Cemetery.

Services have been entrusted to Anderson Funeral Home

of Twin Valley. An online guestbook is available at