Arlyn Leroy Lund was born on a farm north of Anita on October 4th, 1938. He was the son of George and Bertha (Bauer) and passed away on November 13th, 2022 at Caring Acres in Anita at the age of 84.
Arlyn was baptized and confirmed at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Anita and attended Grant #3 Rural School in Cass County. He graduated with the class of 1956 at Anita High School. After school, he joined the Army Reserve and attended basic training at Ft. Leonardwood, MO where he earned a medal in riflery. He then worked in Des Moines for two years before returning home to farm with his dad.
On November 12, 1960, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Beitz at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Massena. To this union, five children were born: Dori, Rance, Kristi, Wendi, and Randy. Arlyn was a loving father and taught his children many things.
In 1976, Arlyn left farming and opened his own business Lund’s Welding in Anita. He had a tremendous passion for welding and working with his hands. Arlyn became known for his successful manufacturing of hay rings, boot jacks, and was the inventor and proprietor of the patented Lund Mower Wash.
Arlyn was deeply committed to serving the community by helping area farmers with their various repair needs and provided quality seed to our community farmers over the decades. In his later years, Arlyn was proud to offer sales and support for the Walker Mower company. Arlyn took great pride in working for the Department of Natural Resources at Lake Anita State Park and was Anita’s mail carrier for the United States Postal Service until his retirement.
Arlyn loved Anita and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Anita Development Association, Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Anita Airport Board of Directors. Arlyn’s artistic and creative contributions live on with the compass in front of the old Weathervane Cafe.
Surviving Arlyn is his wife Marge; his three daughters, Dori Lund of Minden, Kristi (Doug Murphy) of Anita, Wendi (Chad Knight) of Sioux City, and two sons Rance (Rocely Lund) of Anita, and Randy of Gilbert, AZ. His grandchildren include Mary Rosal (Jon Michaelsen) of Columbus, Georgia, and Sinead (Michael Nolan) of Carson, Mariah (Steven Wright) of Wiota, and Raelyn Lund of Anita. Step-grandchildren include Skylar and Macayla Knight of Sioux City. Great-grandchildren include Scarlett Nolan and Arya Michaelsen. Step-great-grandchildren include Sebastian, Aria, and Mykah Knight of Sioux City.
Brother-in-law Larry (Karen Beitz), and sister-in-law Rosemary Kopp.
Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Norma Jean (Lloyd Pedersen); brother Ivyn and nephew Ryck Pedersen. In-laws Bernard and Rose Beitz, and brother-in-law John Kopp; grandson, Daniel Murphy.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anita, IA. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. Luncheon will be held following the committal service in the fellowship room of the St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Visitation with family present will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Atlantic, IA, a prayer service will take place at 7:00 p.m.
Arrangements are handled with Schmidt Family Funeral Homes.