Lunas, Leon L. 92, formerly of Richfield, passed peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Clare Bridge, Eagan, MN. Born September 10, 1921 in Ruso, ND to Violet (Wilmovsky) and Charles Lunas. Preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ione (Benson); sister, Betty and brother, Robert. Survived by sister, Margie (John) Demchuck of CO; children, Janet (Mark) Gjerde of Apple Valley, Betty (William) Osborn of Eagan, Charles (Mari Johnson) of Sarona, WI, 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Leon attended high school in Mohall, ND and Industrial School (machine shops) in Mpls. He met his wife at Tobin Arp Mfg. They married in 1944. He served in the 34th Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division of the Army, in Europe, during WW II. This service greatly influenced the rest of his life. In 1950, they moved to Richfield where they lived for 39 years. In 1964, Leon and a partner established Thalmo Corporation of Mpls which manufactured tools, dies and molds. The partners retired from this business in 1985. Leon served as Quartermaster of the Fred Babcock VFW #5555 for 18 years and was a VFW District 7 Legislative Officer for 10 years. He was on the Richfield Planning Commission for 5 years and appointed Ambassador to Richfield in 1991. During his retirement, he volunteered 5,000 hours to the VA Medical Center. He also enjoyed fishing, reading, "Big Band" music and traveling in Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 31 at 11 AM at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave, Richfield, with visitation 1 hour prior. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials suggested to VFW National Home for Children (vfwnationalhome.org), Alz- heimer's Assoc. of MN-ND, or your choice. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226 morrisnilsen.com

Published on January 26, 2014


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