Charles Lunder

Charles Lunder

  • Funeral Date: 8/23/12
  • Funeral Time: 2:00 PM
  • Date of Birth: 4/21/14
  • Date of Death: 8/19/12
  • Funeral Location: St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield

Charles Anton Lunder was born April 21, 1914, in Slayton, Minnesota, to Goodwin H. and Fanah (Day) Lunder. He was baptized and confirmed at the Presbyterian Church in Slayton. As a young man he worked with his father at the JC Penney’s Store and graduated from Slayton High School in 1933. In the Spring of 1937, Chuck graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Psychology and Education. He returned to Slayton where he taught PE and coached. On July 27, 1940, Chuck married Lorraine Grace. After marriage they moved to Clarkfield for three years. On March 1, 1943, Chuck began his service with the US Navy, serving in the Pacific. Following his honorable discharge on December 16, 1945, they moved to Two Harbors. While teaching in Two Harbors Chuck obtained his Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1952, they moved to Northfield and Chuck taught and coached for St. Olaf College as an associate professor of Physical Education until retiring in 1977. Following retirement Chuck and Lorraine wintered in Arizona for 3 winters. In 1980, he purchased 4 Season Sports (now Champion Sports) in downtown Northfield, selling it in 1984. Lorraine passed away on October 16, 1992.

Coach Lunder was a member of both the St. Olaf College & Carleton College Athletic Halls of Fame. He served on the Carleton Hall of Fame selection committee and the Carleton Alumni Board. He was a longtime active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church (serving as an usher for many decades) and the Northfield VFW. He was outgoing, friendly, caring, genuine, had a good sense of humor and was an avid sports fan – especially baseball.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Leon and Claudia of Northfield; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Lunder of Northfield; his grandson, Trent and wife Cynthia of Minneapolis; his great-grandson, Kenyon; 2 nephews: Dean (Barbara) Daggett of Orange County, California, Donn (Sally) Daggett of Reno, Nevada; 3 nieces: Margaret (Ralph) Dove of West Des Moines, Iowa, Mary (Tom) Thul of Bettendorf, Iowa, Lynn (Roger) Nunn of Edina; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine, his son Lloyd, his sister Mildred Daggett, his nephew David Grace and his parents.

Chuck passed away Sunday morning, August 19, 2012 at the Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community, at the age of 98.

Services will be 2:00PM, Thursday, August 23, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Rev John Quam and Rev. Randall Johnson officiating. Music will be provided by Dan Fenn and Ruth Legvold. Interment with Military Honors will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield. Honorary pall bearers are Bob & Jane Gelle, Dave & Mary Hauck, Tom & Gloria Porter, Joe & Ginny Shaw, Gary & Liz Wicks. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the funeral.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran, Northfield Retirement Community, St. Olaf College, Carleton College or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Robert Schumacher

    To Leon & Family:

    I am very sad to hear of Coach Lunder’s passing. I was fortunate to see him a couple times over the past few years. He looked great. I cannot believe he was 98 years old!

    He was a gentleman and a great coach. It was an honor to play for him. He will be missed terribly by the St. Olaf and Carlton communities!

    While I am unable to attend the services, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Robert Schumacher
    Haiku, HI

  2. Don Webber

    What a wonderful man, friend, and coach! Chuck always will be remembered warmly.

  3. Peter and Susan Smith

    During our student years at STO, Chuck Lunder was one of those people who helped to engrave the college on our hearts. We did not have the experience of being coached by him, but as students, we had the very real sense that “Coach Lunder” was a fine person who was completely “in sync” with STO’s mission and values.

    Thanks for sharing him with all of us.

    Peter and Susan Smith

  4. Dan Johns

    My condolences to Coach Lunder’s family and friends. Playing baseball for Coach Lunder exposed us to many valuable lessons for live. I feel privileged to have had that opportunity.

    Dan Johns, ’68

  5. Pastor Tim and Lisa McDermott

    It was a privilege to talk with Chuck often during his visits to Bethel with his friend Florence. He always had a smile on his face and a kind greeting for us and our daughters. What a nice man and how glad we are to have known him! Our condolences to your family.

  6. Lee Mesna

    Among all of the great men at st. Olaf who influenced my life, none had more impact than Chuck Lunder–taught me many things about liife, family, career, education–sadly, however, could not teach me how to hit a curve ball, so I left that up to Cusick, Webber, and Kirk!! Respectively and lovingly, Lee

  7. Tom Goplen

    My condolences to Coach Lunder’s family. Playing football for Coach was an enriching experience that I will always treasure.

  8. Bill Green

    To the Lunder family;

    Condolence from our family; and the peace that passes understanding.

    Also, like so many others, I found it a joy to meet and know ‘Coach’ Lunder.

    I was especial grateful for times we connected after returning to work on the ‘Hill’.

    He, along with the other coaches, were a source of inspiration and courage for the 25 years of service.

    Thanks for sharing him with us.

    Bill Green ’77 and family

  9. Dan Halvorsen

    Coach Lunder set an example for all of us to follow with his passion for sports + competition + fair play and fun. I treasure all our tennis road trips and time together.

    My deepest sympathy to the Lunder Family…but I’m sure you will be “celebrating” Coaches life!

    Dan Halvorsen

  10. Mark Gorder

    Coach Lunder was my football coach from 1965-1969. He was a gentleman and a great role model for all of us. My condolences to his family including his son Leon who was my team mate during part of my years at St. Olaf. My thoughts an prayers go out to the Lunder family.

    With Sympathy
    Mark Gorder

  11. Jerry Blumhoefer

    From all of ones that you and your father touched throughout the years at Carleton, we’re saddened by the news of your father’s passing. He will always be a great man in so many people’s eyes.

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