George W. Lundgren, Jr., 86, of Fort Dodge, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, Iowa.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge with Rev. Steve Peters officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Dodge with full military honors. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge. The Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
George was born on February 13, 1926 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to George and Cleola Lundgren. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he attained the rank of corporal. He served in the European Theatre with honors. After being discharged from the service, he became one of the founding members of the Iowa Air National Guard in Fort Dodge. He left the National Guard to purchase Essinger Electric in the early 1950's and later formed a partnership with Bill Kane. He served as president of the National Electrical Contractors Association of Iowa during his ownership of Essinger. He was a member of numerous industry-related organizations during his career.
George married Norma Reimers in September 1948 and they have been married 63 years and raised 4 children. He was active in the Masonic Temple, Shrine, Golden K, and volunteered at the Historical Society and Public Library. He enjoyed travel, golf, music, gardening, hunting and fishing with family, and was a WWII history buff. Above all else, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
George is survived by his loving wife, Norma; children, Greg (Pam) of Davenport, IA; Lori Erickson (Bob) of Clive, IA; Scott (Solveig) of Fort Dodge, IA; Mitch (Vicki) of Clive, IA; two grandchildren, Megan (Joe) Micaletti of Simi Valley, CA and Adam (Kelly) Lundgren of Minneapolis, MN; six great-grandchildren; and his brother, Gary (Kathy) Lundgren of Minneapolis, MN. George was preceded in death by his parents and sister.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church, the Fort Dodge Public Library, or the Alzheimer's Association Greater Iowa Chapter.