Oscar E. Lund,
87, of Nampa, died on Friday,
Jan. 3, 1997, in
following a long and wonderful life.
will be held at noon on Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at the Nampa
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,
Oscar was born at
Nebraska, a Norwegian Lutheran community, on
July 26, 1909, to Martin Eli and May Lillie (Olsen) Lund, fourth of their six children.
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
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.
Nampa, he was a member of
Church of the Nazarene.
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.
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