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Ethyl and Francis Lundon

Ethyl Lundon, 71, and Francis Lundon, 72, of Mahnomen, died Friday, October 1, 2010 at their home.

Ethyl Adell Dunbar was born to Charles and Helen (Hall) Dunbar on July 4, 1939 in Twin Valley. Growing up, she attended school in Twin Valley. As a young lady, Ethyl worked for the Butcher Shop in Twin Valley, before being united in marriage to Francis Lundon. She later worked at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, retiring after 10 years.

Francis Leo Lundon was born to Leo and Kathryn (Broers) Lundon on November 22, 1937 in Mahnomen. He attended St. Michael's Catholic School. On May 24, 1958, Ethyl and Francis were married in Mahnomen. Together the couple made their home southeast of Mahnomen, where they raised their family.

In 1965, Francis and his brother, Bill, purchased their first well drilling machine from Orville Espe. This would be the beginning of a lifelong career in water well drilling. Francis was in business with Bill until the time of his death.

Ethyl would pass the time by working crossword puzzles or reading. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting and embroidery. She had a beautiful voice and could often be found singing along to the radio, especially country songs like those of Patsy Cline. Francis was more of the outdoorsman. He loved hunting, ice fishing, cutting wood, planting trees and gardening. Francis also spent many hours tinkering on things, gunsmithing and taking in the local racing scene.

Family was an important part of Ethyl and Francis' life together. They raised six children and played an active part in their many grandchildren's projects and activities.

Francis and Ethyl are survived by their sons, Jesse (Lynnea) Lundon of Waubun, Shane (Wendy) Lundon of Callaway and Frankie (Michelle) Lundon of Waubun; daughters, Paula (Robin) Larson of Ada and Mary (Steve) Kramer of Mentor, Minn.; 14 grandchildren, Kevin, Scott, Tracy, Brian, Jenna, Neal, Michael, Stacy, Eric, Patrick, Kayla, Derek, Luke and Brittney; one great grandson, Cordell; and sons-in-law, Harold Peterson and Larry Toczek.

Francis is survived by siblings Bill (Lois) Lundon of Mahnomen, Terry (Bri) Lundon of Fargo and Betty (Larry) Crane of Mahnomen; and Ethyl is survived by siblings inDennis (Eileen) Dunbar of Clark, S.D., Gary Dunbar of Crookston, Minn., Beverly Thorson of Hawley and Lois (Bill) Lundon of Mahnomen and brother-in-law Leo Halvorson of Twin Valley; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ethyl and Francis were preceded in death by their parents; two daughters, CharlEtte Peterson and SuzAnne Lundon. Also preceding Ethyl were one brother, Ernie Dunbar, and one sister, Eileen Halvorson.

A time of gathering was held Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

A mass of Christian burial was held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Mahnomen, with Father Mario Prada officiating. Brenda Sorenson was the pianist, with Jennifer Kahlbaugh as song leader.

Honorary urn bearers were all of Ethyl and Francis' grandchildren. Inurnment was at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Mahnomen.

Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen. An online guestbook is at