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Ralph Lund – January 9, 1937 – May 22, 2009

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Ralph Lund
Ralph Lund

It is with great sorrow that the family of Ralph Lund announces his sudden passing on May 22, 2009.
Born in Dyment (Borups Corners) on January 9, 1937 to Emmy and John Lund, Ralph enjoyed fishing and hunting and even after polio in 1953 he could still be found near his favourite fishing hole or out hunting with his sisters.  While recovering from polio in Ottawa and Toronto Ralph took courses in order to further his education in the field of accounting.   While he was working for Dunwoody & Co. Chartered Account-
ants, he met the love of his life and married Carol (Hohn) in 1965.
In 1971 Ralph and Carol built the Evening Star Motel in Dryden and if that wasn’t enough to keep them busy their daughter Karen came along that year as well. Ralph continued to work full time for Alex Wilson Publishing until 1973 when he started his own business of bookkeeping, taxes and financial statement preparation.  Ralph and Carol ran the hotel till 1977 and then moved to their home on Ryczko Road in order for Ralph to concentrate on his accounting business full time.
Ralph served for a number of years on the boards of the Dryden Full Gospel Church, P.U.S.H northwest and N.I.L.S (Northwestern Indepen-
dent Living Services Inc.).  In his spare time Ralph could be found out in Manitoba goose hunting, at his camps in Eaton-Rugby and later Dinorwic, hunting and fishing around Dryden, taking trips through the United States and Canada, or participating in the events of the Ham Radio Club.
In 2001 Ralph and Carol sold their home and moved to Thunder Bay to be closer to their grandchildren.  In order to keep himself busy when he wasn’t fishing or hunting he asked his daughter Karen to join with him in a partnership and help service the clients that he had built in Dryden.  This continued on until the spring of 2009 when Karen received her designation and Ralph became her employee.  Ralph also served with the following groups in various  capacities while in Thunder Bay:   the board of directors of HAGI (Handicap Action Group Inc.) in Thunder Bay, the board of the Condo #19 board in Thunder Bay, Seniors group at Evangel Church in Thunder Bay and had for the past two years enjoyed curling with the handicap curling club at the Fort William Curling Club.  All throughout this time fishing and hunting with his family and friends were of utmost importance to him as well as spending time at the cabin in Dryden in the summers.
Ralph leaves behind to mourn his wife Carol of 43 years, daughter Karen (Brian) and grandchildren Colin, Shannon and Amanda;  sisters Else Lund of Dryden and Ingeborg Mena (Daniel) of Edmonton and nieces Marcea, Mary Elsa and nephews Mark and Timothy.
A Memorial Funeral Service was held at the Full Gospel Church in Dryden Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastors Velma Henderson and Al Huckabay officiating.
If friends so desire, donations to H.A.G.I. or a charity of your choice may be made through the Stevens Funeral Homes “Moffat Chapel” P.O. Box 412, Dryden P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be emailed to sympathycard@shaw.ca subject: Lund

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