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.