John Milton Lundin, November 17, 1923 to
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November 21, 2013
Hilton Head Island, SC
John Milton Lundin, a resident of the Cypress on Hilton Head Island died peacefully on November 21, 2013 just days after his 90th birthday celebration with his entire family and many friends. He was born to Roy Simeon Lundin and Ruth Howells Lundin on November 17th 1923, the second of three sons. He was a highly principled person, a loving husband, an excellent father and an active community member.
John Lundin's career was in oil refining and refinery management. He spent his entire career as an engineer and manager with Standard Oil of Indiana that later became BP Amoco, at the company's Whiting and Texas City refineries.
In his early years, John attended First Methodist Church in Wilmette, Illinois and New Trier High School where he was on the State Championship track team as a half miler.
John served in WWII in the US Navy as Lieutenant on the USS Tillman.
After the war, John completed his degree in Engineering at the University of Illinois and was a member of the Illinois Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
John married Judith Moyer on September 11, 1948 in Champaign, Illinois.
John and his family settled in Homewood, Illinois where he was an active member of St. Paul Community Church. He also served terms on the Village Park District and as a Village Trustee. During his time as a Trustee he supported the open housing ordinance. Every year, the family went on camping trips, introducing the children to the culture, history and natural attractions of a new region of the country. It was at this time that John began using his engineering skills to build family homes that highlighted cutting edge techniques, including "wild patches" that retained native vegetation and wildlife.
Frequently, in season, he could be found pheasant hunting with his dogs at his father's Landmark Farm. During that time he became interested in sports cars, something that would become a lifelong interest. The fascination with sports cars started with an Austin Healey and membership in the Sports Car Club of America and led him and some distinctive Ferrari enthusiasts to form the Ferrari Club of America in 1962. John was both a founder and the first president of the Ferrari Club which had the personal sanction of Enzo Ferrari. Last August the Ferrari Club of America celebrated its 50th anniversary at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. John and the other founders were prominently honored in the Club's annual meeting. Since it inception, the Club has grown to over 5,000 members in 34 chapters.
Amoco transferred John from the midwest to the Texas City refinery outside of Houston, Texas. Living in Nassau Bay, John and family attended Webster Presbyterian Church. John and Judy became involved in sailing on their sloop Maru, and became involved in the local Power Squadron.
When John and Judy retired, they moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. They became active in the First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island. For years, John sang in the church choir. John also started singing with the Hilton Head Choral Society, and became a member of the Audubon Society. They also continued their involvement with the Power Squadron.
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judith Moyer Lundin, his brother George (Seattle, Washington), his children: John Howard (Hilton Head Island, SC), Margaret (New York, NY), Ruth (Jamestown, NY), David (Redondo Beach, CA), and his Grandchildren Jonathan (Los Angeles, CA) and Anita (Santa Barbara, CA)
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:00pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island. Remembrances may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church Music Ministry (540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928) or to the Volunteers in Medicine (15 Northridge Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926).
The Island Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 24, 2013
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