Donald A. Lundvall

1939~ 2017


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Captain Donald Alvin Lundvall, age 78, of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, went home with his Savior to heaven October 29, 2017. He was born June 27, 1939 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Harold Algot and Ebba Astrid (Saleen) Lundvall. Don grew up on the Saleen family farm south of Ogallah, Kansas where he became an avid outdoorsman at an early age. 

He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church (a.k.a. Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Emanuel Church) south of Ogallah, Kansas where he played the piano regularly. He attended Sunny Slope School through eighth grade, a one room country school house, located south of Ogallah, Kansas.

 

   In 1957, Don graduated from Trego Community High School in Wakeeney, Kansas and enrolled at Michigan State University, where he also entered the Air Force ROTC program. On September 10, 1960 Don married June Yvonne Metzger in Saginaw, Michigan. In 1961 Don graduated from Michigan State University and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. In February 1962 he reported to Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Enid, Oklahoma for pilot training (UPT) class 63E. He graduated with distinguished honors and remained at Vance AFB as a T-33 and T-37 flight instructor. Don had a later assignment to a F-100 Wing at Cannon AFB in Clovis, New Mexico where he served as an instructor pilot for the F-100. After active duty Don  matriculated laterally to the 185th Tactical Fighter Group, Iowa Air Guard. Here he continued flying the F-100 Super Sabre fighter jet and later an Air Force Academy and ROTC recruiter, retiring as Major in 1984.

Don was hired by NWA on February 27, 1967. During his 29 year career at he flew the Boeing 727, 707-320, 707-720, 747 Classic and the Douglas DC-10, retiring as Captain in 1995.

 In retirement Don and June also operated the family farms in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, and Ogallah, Kansas. Don was a member of English Lutheran Church for many years and a Life member of the American Legion Post 204. He was a devout Christian, husband, and father who loved spending time with his family, flying, and engaging in many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. Don is survived by his wife, June Yvonne (Metzger) Lundvall; three children, Dr. Julia Hager, Jeanne Scharf, and Judy Nunn; grandchildren, Alexander, Brooke, Cameron Hager, Jaeden Nunn; one sister, Ruth Steifel;  nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Lundvall, his mother, Ebba (Saleen) Lundvall, and step-mother, Florence (Davidson) Lundvall. Don was interned at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota.

(- Lundvall family and Bill Day)