FLOYD LEE LUNSFORD

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Obituary

Born on January 29, 1926, in Corning, Missouri, to Floyd E. and Lillian Lunsford, Floyd Lee Lunsford was the eldest of their four children. The family followed the elder Floyd across the Midwest to his jobs as school band director in Wyoming, then Oklahoma, then Liberal, Kansas during the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression.

Floyd Lee graduated early from high school in 1944 to enter the US Navy during WWII, and while he served his country his family moved to yet another school, band and town in Anacortes. There, Floyd Lee joined them at the war's conclusion, where he met and married Frances Maricich.

He worked as a commercial fisherman and at other jobs around town before using the G.I. Bill to earn his teaching credentials at Western (WWU), graduating in 1954. He later earned a Master's Degree at Central Washington University, thus began a long career in education as a teacher and principal at most of the elementary schools on Fidalgo Island.

Floyd retired in 1985. Floyd's public service extended to his Anacortes City Council terms in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In retirement, Floyd and his dogs also volunteered for Skagit Search and Rescue.

Floyd married Maureen Couplin in 2001 after many years together, and the couple took great pleasure in their large, combined family - including 23 grandkids, a growing number (currently 15) of great-grandchildren, and, of course, a sequence of beloved dogs.

Floyd loved being with family, camping, traveling, reading western novels, walking with his dogs and hunting.

He will be remembered for his innate friendliness and kindness in his public roles and interpersonal relationships. Truly, he was making friends to the end with the incredible people at Merle Cancer Care Center, Skagit Radiology and Hospice of the Northwest.

A lifelong educator, his last days and hours were spent with family around him, listening to the seeds of wisdom he shared on his walk home, seeds that will grow for years to come.

Floyd was preceded in death by his mother and father, his first wife, Frances, his son-in-law, Brad Thomas, and his grandson, Grahm Hanks.

He is survived by his wife Maureen Couplin, and her children: Lori, Mona, Don and Liz, and their families. He is also survived by his siblings - Paul Lunsford, Carolyn Milat and Larry Lunsford and their families - and by his children: Leanne, Robyn, Dirk, Kirk, Jan, Marijo, Bret and Jonn, and their families.

A Celebration of Life for Floyd is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the American Croatian Club of Anacortes, 1202 7th Street, Anacortes.

Memorials are suggested to the Anacortes Schools Foundation and the Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands.
Published in Anacortes American and Skagit Valley Herald from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 2016
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