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Information for Oscar Edward Lund

26 July, 1909 3 January, 1997

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

January, 1997
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Oscar Lund

    Oscar E. Lund, 87, of Nampa, died on Friday, Jan. 3, 1997, in Nampa following a long and wonderful life.  Memorial Services will be held at noon on Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at the Nampa College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E. Dewey Ave., with Rev. Robert Manley officiating.  A family graveside service will precede the memorial services at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Oscar was born at Sweetwater, Nebraska, a Norwegian Lutheran community, on July 26, 1909, to Martin Eli and May Lillie (Olsen) Lund, fourth of their six children.  His Olsen grandparents lived with them.  They spoke the Norwegian language in the home and the children could barely 'talk' English when they started first grade in their one-room, Round Grove country school.
    After his mother died during the 1919 flu epidemic, Grandmother Lund came to live with them.  In 1920 his dad moved the family to another farm near Mason City, Neb.  In 1921 his older sister, Mable, who was then 15 years old, took over all the household responsibilities with the kids' help.  During his mid-teen years he helped his father run cattle in the Sand Hills of Nebraska and later worked 3 1/2 years for a cattle buyer and feeder.  He never lost his love for horses and the cow-boy life.
    Oscar and Naomi Laura Samp were married May 16, 1931.  They lived nine lean but good years of drought and depression on a farm in the Elk Creek, Nebraska, community where all four of their children were born.  In March 1941, the family moved to Pavillion, Wyoming, lured by farming with irrigation.  Four years later, Oscar took on the challenge of Lund's Service, a small country store.  In June 1947, he petitioned for a post office and the crossroads was named Kinnear.  He was postmaster 29 years.  After retirement Oscar and Naomi moved to Nampa, Idaho, in 1977.  
    During the Wyoming years, he raised Black Angus cattle and Quarter horses, hunted and fished, always hoping to catch that big one.  He was an active member of Sunnyside Church of the Nazarene where he was Sunday school superintendent for 18 years.  He served on the Nazarene Rocky Mountain District Advisory Board, the Morton School Board when they built the new high school, and the REA board.  He was instrumental in starting the Morton-Kinnear Fire Department and community pancake suppers.  In Nampa, he was a member of College Church of the Nazarene.
    Oscar was known by his grandchildren for his ability to see his fellow man in the light of "There but for the grace of God, go I."  His sense of humor and acceptance of his state of life made his 3 years in Nampa Care Center interesting for all who knew him.  A generous, happy, smiling man, he was much loved by his family and friends.
    He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Naomi; his children, Allene and Howard Miller, Nampa, ID, Gary and Marilyn Lund, Kinnear, WY, Gayle and Pat Lund, Poulsbo, WA, Marva and David Yeend, Walla Walla, WA; 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mable Holm, Edna and Cecil Wood; and a brother, Albert and Doris Lund.
    Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

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