Ralph Arnold Lund

memories of Ralph Lund

Ralph Arnold Lund died at home on Monday morning, September 19, 2005. Ralph and Ruth Lund had lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for two months at the time of his death. His ashes were interred at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio with a small family service and a Memorial Service was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, October 15.

Ralph & Ruth, 2004
Ralph at his 85th birthday party

Ralph was born in Watertown, Connecticut on September 11, 1919 son of Peter Nissen Lund, a tailor, and Mathilda Feldthaus, both Danish immigrants. He was raised at 38 Academy Hill. He graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He served as Intelligence Officer with the 384th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Force, stationed in England during World War II.

Ralph Lund started his career in Connecticut with Calco Chemical Company and Atlas Powder Company. He came to Richmond in 1948 to manage the coating plant at Crawford Manufacturing Company. Subsequently, he worked for Haskell Chemical Company and Prillaman Chemicals Corporation. He retired in 1988.

He was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Richmond. After retirement he continued his service to the church, participated in Shepherd's Center and volunteered as an elementary school tutor for Richmond Public Schools in Gilpin Court.

38 Academy Hill, Watertown, CT


Ralph grew up in Watertown, raised in the small house that also accomodated his father's tailor shop.

Ralph and his sister Ruth Rose on the porch at 38 Academy Hill, Watertown, CT
Ralph Lund in about 1943


Ralph studied chemical engineering at the Pratt Institute, graduating in 1942. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946. He married Ruth Almeda Haynes at the end of the war.

Ralph Lund in about 1943.
Lund family in 1962


Ralph was the 5th of 7 children.

The Lund Family in 1962: Ted, Ruth, Ralph, Frone, Muzz, Harold, Evelyn
the Lund boys 1962


Ralph and Ruth are the parents of 3 sons, and grandparents of 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

Haynes, Steve, and J.P.
RA Lund and his sons and their families


Ralph and Ruth hosted a family reunion at Christmas 2004 to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Three generations of Lunds (and cousins) together at Christmas 2004
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