Pocahontas County

Wayne Elvin Lund

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Wayne Elvin Lund, was born 5 November 1920, at Laurens, Iowa, in Cummins Township, to Harry L. and Clara (Ellingson) Lund. He had one sister, Jeanette Lund Halquist of Spencer, Iowa. Wayne attended school at the Laurens Public School, graduating in 1938. He farmed with his father and grandfather until he enlisted in the service in January of 1942.

Wayne and his friend enlisted in the service as an apprentice seaman at Omaha, Nebraska. He received three ratings: Apprentice Seaman, Seaman 2nd class, and Motor Mechanic 2C(R). He completed Motor Machinist mate school, Pre-Radio Material; Packd Mar Engine. These are vessels and stations he served on: DCGO Boston, Mass; RS Boston, Mass; TS Curtis Bay, MD; Hdqtrs Washington, DC; DCGO Norfolk, VA; CGAR-10; RS Norfolk, VA; ATE Camp Bradford, VA; AATC Great Lakes, IL; USS LST 1152; I & R Ctr Alameda, CA. He was honorably discharged from regular reserve enlistment with MOM1C rating, 19 March 1936. He did not serve in any battle, but they were headed to an unknown destination when the war was over so they turned around and headed home.

After discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard, he married Marjorie Ives of Laurens. He enrolled at Iowa State College in Ames. A son, Robert Leslie, was born 1 August 1951.

Wayne graduated from a two-year course in dairy industry, and lived in Ames and worked for Moore’s Dairy, making ice-cream, cottage cheese and bottling milk. In the fall of 1951, he purchased a Sporting goods Store in Webster City, Ia. In the spring of 1952, the family moved to a farm north of Rolfe, Ia. Another son, Donald Wayne, was born on 5 April 1954, and in 1958, a third son, Arnold Milo, was born on May 10th. He farmed until 1959, when the family moved to Moville and Wayne was employed as Office Manager of the Department of Agriculture of the United States for twenty-four years. He retired from that office in April 1983.

Wayne continued to live in Moville until his death on 3 January 2002 in a Sioux City hospital. He is buried in Moville, at Arlington Township cemetery.

After retirement, he was always busy, worked at an oil station and did many chores around home, played golf, and took some trips. He kept busy and enjoyed working and visiting friends, watching sports on TV and always had a good story to tell.

Besides three sons, they have four grandchildren.

I remember him telling of having duty on the lighthouse on Ellis Island. While on the LST 1152, he worked in the boiler room, using his motor mechanic training.

Wayne was a member of the Wink-Sparks Post 303 and a past commander. He was very active in the community and Methodist Church and will be missed by all who knew him.

Submitted by his wife, Marjorie Lund.