Raymond Edward Lund, 90: A gift to all who knew him

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FALMOUTH — Raymond Edward Lund, 90, born on Christmas Day, 1920, died on Christmas Eve. His friends and family will remember him as a gift to all who knew him and an example of generosity, talent and treasure.

Born in Falmouth, he was the son of Lessette “Sadie” (Dyhrberg) and C. Ernest Lund. He was proud of his Danish ancestry and that his grandson, Tyler, was a fifth generation Falmouth resident. Educated in Falmouth schools, Lund graduated from Falmouth High School in 1938. During WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a mechanic and driver in the Africa, the Middle East and European theater campaigns.

On July 6, 1946 he married Anita Isabelle Fitzgerald; they enjoyed their children and spent many happy days at their Sebago camp. In their later years, he and “Nita” liked to spend April in Siesta Key, Fla.

Lund went into business with his father and later formed Lund Development Company and Lund Transportation Company. He was also a member of the Falmouth Fire Department, a lifelong member of the Emmaus Lutheran Church, served on the board of Pine Grove Cemetery and was recognized for his 70 plus years of service as an Oddfellow.

As a jack-of-all-trades, Lund especially enjoyed woodworking, vegetable gardening, getting up early and working six days a week. Being Danish, he was a very good cook, and in later years he could be found helping his daughter Gail at Stones Cafe and Bakery in North Yarmouth.

After retiring Lund went to flight school, became a pilot and bought a float plane. He often traveled around Maine and was a member of “The Quiet Birdmen,” an organization of private pilots. He would often fly “upta” camp on Indian Pond, a fishing and hunting camp he shared with three of his closest friends for over 50 years.

Lund is survived by his son Robert Lund of Falmouth; daughter Gail L. Mason and her husband Robin of Falmouth; son-in-law Dennis King of Falmouth; grandson Tyler Mason of Falmouth; great-grandson Scott King; his special and devoted friend Elizabeth “Betty” Chappell Lawson who stood by him every day of his illness; and a large extended family in and around Brockton, Mass. He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Anita, and his daughter Nancy Lund King.

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 265 Middle Road, Falmouth. A reception will follow in the church hall and burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in the spring.

Donations may be made in Lund’s memory to: Emmaus Lutheran Church, 265 Middle Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 or to Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant St., Brockton, Mass. 02301.

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