Dale Lundy

Dale T. Lundy, the son of Russell Leland and Emma Marie (Klingson) Lundy, was born February 6, 1928 in Fort Dodge, Iowa and departed this life June 26, at the Scottish Home Assisted Living in Riverside, Illinois. He lived his life to the age of 86 years.

Dale, known to everyone as “Tom”, moved with his family to Churdan in 1937 where his parents operated the Square Deal Produce and Creamery. After graduating from Churdan High School in 1945 and being too young to enlist, Dale enrolled in an Army civil engineering program at the University of Wyoming. Upon reaching 18 years of age, he entered the US Army, eventually joining the post-war occupational forces in the Philippines. Returning in 1948, he continued his studies at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1951 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil engineering. After graduation, Dale was married to Ellen Gleason who perished in an automobile crash in 1956.

In November of 1957, Dale married Betty Joy Mussell and moved to La Grange, Illinois where they raised two children, James and Susan. Dale was a long-time member of the Grace Lutheran Churdan in La Grange and was also a member of the La Grange Country Club, where he enjoyed golf, gin rummy and dining with Betty. He was an avid golf fan and also suffered many years as a Chicago Black Hawk fan-the suffering having ended after Stanley Cup successes in 2010 and 2013. He was an opponent of yard work.

His professional engineering accomplishments, which spanned over 40 years, involved providing clean water and sanitary waste treatment to thousands of people. He was a major contributor to the deep-tunnel project which brought Chicago water to Du Page County. Dale began his consulting civil engineering career at Alvord, Burdick and Howson in 1952, becoming a partner in the firm in 1965.

Dale held membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Water Pollution Control Federation, the American Water Works Association, the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and the Western Society of Engineers. He was a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Dale is survived by his wife, Betty, son James (Sherryl) Lundy of Saint Paul, Minnesota and their children, Sean of Togo, West Africa and Rose of Saint Paul,  daughter Susan (David) Christopher of Berwyn, Illinois and Susan’s son, Nicholas of Saint Cloud, Minnesota and sister, Patricia Lesle. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters,  Beatrice Lawler and husband George  and  Evelyn Tasler and husband Bob,  a brother John Lundy and wife Verdel and Dale’s first wife.

A memorial service was held July 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in La Grange with Pastor Don Myrom officiating and Pastor David Hulse assisting. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. July 3, from the Churdan Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Bernau officiating. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selections “How Great Thou Art” was sung by Barbara and Terry Nelson and “Hymn of Promise” was sung by the congregation and accompanied by organist, Janice Tilley.

Serving as casket bearers were Terry Tasler, Johnny Shoemaker, Leonard Moran, Randy Scharn, Bob Fitch, Dennis Lawler and Rick Sabus.

The Brown Funeral Home, www.brownfuneralhomesiowa.com, 515-389-3179.

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