Hamilton County


Lt. Stewart ‘H. M.’ Helmer Murphy Lund




Stewart ‘H. M.’ Helmer Murphy Lund was born July 20, 1911 to Frank Joel and Grace Elizabeth Bishop Lund. He died Oct. 31, 1991 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Lt. Lund served with the U.S. Navy in World War II aboard the USS Bottineau (APA-235).

Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Nov. 1, 1991

Attorney Lund Dies

By Susan J. Stocks

Longtime Webster City attorney Stewart H. M. Lund, 80, died Thursday evening, Oct. 31, following a massive heart attack. The Webster City native had practiced law in Webster City since 1946.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rev. Roy Miltner and Rev. Ray Rode officiating. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery. Graveside military services will be conducted by American Legion Post 191 of Webster City.

Visitation at the Foster Funeral Home will be after 5 p.m. Saturday until 9:30 a.m. Monday, when the casket will be taken to the church.

Lund is survived by his wife, Bernice, Webster City; two daughters, Caryl Scheffer, Straw Hill, N.H., and Janice Johnson, Bridgeton, Mo.; five grandsons, four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Merritt, Boulder, Colo.

Born July 20, 1911 in Webster City, he was the son of Frank J. and Grace E. (Bishop) Lund. He attended Webster City schools, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1930.

He attended Webster City Junior College and Drake University in Des Moines, where he received his pre-law B.A. degree and graduate law degree in 1942. He was admitted to the bar in 1942. He received his juris doctor degree in 1968.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1942, where he was commissioned an lieutenant and promoted to lieutenant senior grade, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was released to inactive duty in December 1945.

He had worked as a truck driver at Western Gravel Co in 1930, a room clerk and bookkeeper for Boss Hotels in Webster City from 1931-32, and in Beloit, Wis., from 1932-35; and as district sales and engineering for General Refrigeration Corp. in Beloit, from 1936-1939.

In 1946, he began practicing law with his father in Webster City.

He married Bernice E. Sealine on Oct. 4, 1947.

The law firm of Lund & Lund was joined by Carroll Wood in 1957, and was known as Lund, Lund & Wood until 1971, when Wood left to open his independent office.

Shortly after Lund retired, Russell J. Hill joined the firm and three years later the firm became Lund & Hill Law Firm.

In May 1972, Hill left the firm to become a district court judge, and on July 1, 1972, Patrick B. Chambers joint the firm, becoming an associate in 1974, when the firm became known as Lund & Chambers.

Chambers opened his independent office on Nov. 1, 1980. The Lund offices were in the general practice of law, handling probate, title, real estate, civil, criminal and insurance matters.

Lund was a member of the Hamilton County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, District 2B Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, Delta Theta Phi Law fraternity, American Judicature Society, American Trial Lawyers Association, and International Association of Insurance Counsel.

He has served as president of the Hamilton County Bar Association; as city attorney; secretary of the Eleventh Judicial District Bar Association; as a member of the Board of Governors, Iowa State Bar Association; as president of the Second Judicial District Bar Association; president of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association; member of the Advisory Council at Drake University Law School; as Hamilton County Judicial Hospitalization referee; and a member of the Defense Resource Institute; and as an Iowa inheritance tax appraiser.

He has also been very active in veteran’s affairs as a member of Webster City American Legion Post 191 since December 1945. He served as post commander, Iowa Department membership chairman, vice commander, judge advocate, eighth district commander, member of the National Americanism Commission and National Executive Committee, and various other offices and committees.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Noon Kiwanis, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, VFW, served as county director of civil defense, on the city zoning board, was a trustee of the Webster City Pension Board, was treasurer of Webster City Junior College Foundation, member of Iowa Governor’s Jobs for Veterans Committee, Hamilton County 4-H Foundation, and other community activities.

Source: ancestry.com