Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church, north of Meriden. Pastor Clint Hogrefe will officiate. Burial will be in the Liberty Township Cemetery, rural Meriden. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on Thursday. Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Vernon was born on December 17, 1920 to Harry and Esther (Hultman) Lundell on the family farm in rural Larrabee. He attended grade school in rural Meriden and then helped his father with farming, breaking horses, and driving livestock trucks. He was united in marriage to Waldene Rabe on Feb. 23, 1944 at rural Meriden. In 1945, he founded Lundell Mfg. Co. in rural Meriden and moved the business to Cherokee in 1950.
He was a member of the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church where he served as a Deacon and a Trustee, and faithfully supported the church and its missionaries. Vernon loved to design machines and some of his designs were licensed to major equipment companies. He was a pilot and enjoyed flying places with family and friends. He had been a resident of the Heartland Care Center in Marcus the past six months and prior to that had lived in Cherokee since 1950. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law Stephen Paulsen and a brother Kenneth, brothers-in-law Arnold, Clarence and Paul Rabe, and Harvey Stratton.
Vernon is survived by his wife of 68 years, Waldene; one daughter and one son: Verdene Paulsen of Cherokee; Steve Lundell and his wife Denise of Cherokee; six grandchildren: Amanda (Ben) Gloyd of Spencer; Jonathan (Emily) Paulsen of Sioux Falls S.D.;, Andrew (Heather) Paulsen of Ames; and Mikaela (Tyson) Otto of Lincoln, Neb.; Evan Lundell and his fiance Karla Houk of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jenae Lundell of Omaha, Neb.; one sister and one brother: Genevieve Stratton of Cherokee; Robert Lundell and his wife Penny of Cherokee; sisters-in-law: Marjorie Rabe of Cherokee; Delilah Rabe of Paullina; Ione Nelson and her husband Kip of Denver, Colo.; also several nieces, nephews and many friends.