Mahaska County

Major Montfred W. Lunt





Obituary: Montfred W. Lunt

Funeral services for M.W. Lunt held January 17
Funeral services for Mr. M.W. Lunt, 47, of near Beaver, were held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Methodist church in Grand Junction with the Rev. Everett K. Burham in charge. Burial was in the Junction Township cemetery.

Casket bearers were Dr. Max. F. Wetrich, Dean Hoskinson, Charles Fritz, W.J. Edgar, Jack Hunter and Claus Loof. Soloist was Wilbur Harten, accompanied by Charles Radke.

M.W. Lunt, passed away at his home north of Beaver Jan. 14 at the age of 47 years. He was born July 14, 1913 at New Sharon, Iowa, the son of Mr. And Mrs. Walter Lunt. His father, Walter and sister, Wanda preceded him in death. His mother still resides in New Sharon.

Mr. Lunt graduated from New Sharon high school and attended Coe college in Cedar Rapids for three years. At Coe college he was a member of the A.D.A. fraternity. He then returned home and taught school and assisted his father in farming until the summer of 1936 when he entered Iowa State university at Ames. He graduated from Iowa State university in 1939 with a degree in Animal Husbandry.

Mr. Lunt was very active in school affairs while in attendance at Iowa State university. He was a member of Scabbard and Blade Block and Bridle; a member of the "I" club and upon graduation received his commission as a 2nd Lt. In the army.

On Sept. 12, 1936 he was united in marriage to Geraldine Dutton at the First Methodist church in Des Moines. To this union was born three children, Robert Dutton Lunt, Sarah Jane Lunt, and Mary Louise Lunt.

Upon completion of his college, Mr. Lunt accepted a position with the Wilson Packing company, and in 1940 the family moved to Fergus Falls, Minn., where they lived for two years. In December of 1941 the family moved to Grand Junction where they expected to farm, but Mr. Lunt received army orders and in 1942 he was sent to Fort Benning, Ga. The family joined him in Spartanburg, S.C., in May of 1942 and from there they moved to Durham, N.C. In 1944 Mr. Lunt was sent to England and the family returned to Grand Junction. Mr. Lunt served his country overseas for two years during World War II and was commissioned a major. He received an honorable discharge soon after returning to the United States.

Mr. Lunt returned to farming in 1947 operating a farm east of Dana. In 1951 the family moved to the present farm home north of Beaver.

Interest in farm youth was important to Mr. Lunt. He was one of the organizers of the 4-H club in Amaqua township and the first meeting was held in the Lunt home. For seven years he was a local 4-H leader and at the time of his death was a member of the county 4-H Committee of Boone county.

Mr. Lunt was a past master of the Grand Junction chapter of the Masonic lodge; a member of the commandery; the Eastern Star, and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Des Moines. He was a member of the Grand Junction Methodist church in which he was currently serving as a trustee.

Besides his immediate family he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Walter Lunt of New Sharon, three sisters, Mrs. Henry Holscher and Mrs. Franklin Boone of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Mrs. A.H. Burrows of Warren, Ill. Also a niece, Miss Carolyn Burrows of Evanston, Ill., and a nephew, David Burrows of DeKalb, Ill.

Source: Jefferson Herald, January 19, 1961 pg. 13