STOCKBRIDGE - Douglas Gordon Lunna, 76, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 14, 2018, at his home in Stockbridge, after a long battle with cancer. He was born April 16, 1942, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, the eldest son of Francis W. and Louise (Perron) Lunna.
He graduated from Whitcomb High School in 1961 and was an Army veteran, serving stateside and in Vilseck, Germany, from 1964 to 1967.
Shortly after, he purchased his first backhoe, which was the beginning of his lifelong excavation business. Doug worked throughout central Vermont building roads, clearing land and numerous other excavation projects. The many ponds he dug are a part of the local landscape and enjoyed by many. "Digger Doug's" skill and finesse with a machine were well-noted by those who watched him work. With the help of others, he built his own house in 1970 on Music Mountain Road in Stockbridge where he spent the rest of his life.
Doug enjoyed working in his shop, which was a frequent stopover for friends and relatives with whom he always had time to visit. He had an impressive collection of old gas engines and was the president of the Vermont Gas and Steam Engine Association for many years. He loved diesel engines. If it ran on four wheels, it had to have a diesel engine in it. He enjoyed touring the trails of Vermont with fellow members of the Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association.
He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Cheryl Jesso Lunna; and an infant daughter, Crystal.
He is survived by his caregiver and wife, Janeen Jarvis Lunna; a son, Gordon and his wife, Kara, with grandchildren Noah, Alia and Emma, from Wallingford, Vermont; a son, Alan and his wife, Kim, with grandchildren Vanessa and John, from Bethel, Vermont; by a brother, Richard and his wife, Linda, from Stockbridge, Vermont, with niece and nephew Rebecca and Erik, from West St. Paul, Minnesota, and Austin, Minnesota; by a brother, Keith and his companion, Doris Durrett, from Marysville, Tennessee.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Stockbridge Common Meeting House with Pastor Thomas Harty officiating. There are no calling hours.
Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com
. Arrangements by Day Funeral Home in Randolph.