Eugene Harold "Stretch" Lund was born July 7, 1940 in Minnesota. "Stretch" was an entrepreneur who owned a group of family businesses including a farm corporation in Minnesota, a land and cattle corporation and an insurance professional corporation in Texas. He was a retired Lt. Colonel Air Force officer with twenty-five years of service within the communications career field.|
During that time his customers included the president and vice president of the United States, the White House Communications Agency, Executive Department senior level executives, Department of Defense leadership, plus all four military services. In addition he served the State Department's Embassy and Consulate system, as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies and other aligned nations.
His military career also included service as a military aide to Vice President Mondale's family, 1977, the Presidential Inauguration and Advance Man for Vice President Bush's visit to the Azores Island in 1983. He had also been an escort officer, aide and briefer for national leaders, ambassadors, members of the United States Congress, selected national foreign dignitaries, national and international business executives, as well as flag officers.
His academic education included a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from St. Olaf University, a Masters of Business Administration and was also a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Officer Training Corps. Furthermore, he was an FAA rated commercial pilot and flight instructor and a licensed insurance agent, licensed realtor and a licensed National Association of Securities Dealers' representative in Texas and Oklahoma.
A native of Minnesota, Mr. Lund made Sherman, Texas his home since 1974 and as of July 1990 the Lund family was in residence in Sherman. Mr. Lund was very active in the community which included the Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sherman Rotary Club, the Texoma Valley Council BSA, the Grayson County Board of Realtors, the Red River Valley Arts Fest, the Republican Party of Grayson County, the VFW post 2772 and many others.
Eugene was a family man. He loved to pamper his wife, loved his son and would play on the floor with his grandchildren when he wasn't trying to feed the birds and cats near his home.
Eugene "Stretch" Lund is preceded in death by his father Harold Lund and his mother Esther Lund and is survived by his wife of 43 years, Flory Ann Lund, their son and his wife David Christopher and Morgan Sherrod Lund as well as his grandchildren Grayson David Lund and Scout Keeley Lund.
The family will receive friends from 9 - 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fusion Bible Church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fusion Bible Church. Pastor Denny Henderson of the church will officiate.
Burial with full military honors will follow at West Hill Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are John Leverette, Jim Schmidgall, Carl Peacock, Duane Emerson, C.L. Simco, Mike Howard, Curtis Horton, and Malachi Russell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fusion Bible Church at 2515 W. Lamberth Rd, Sherman, TX 75092.
The register book can be signed online at waldofuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat from May 11 to May 12, 2014