Nordan Lunde, peacefully passed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord on August 25, 2019, at Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo North Dakota. Nordan Joel Lunde was born on December 27, 1946, son of Ove and Betty Lou (Fox) Lunde. He grew up in Esmond, North Dakota and graduated from Esmond High School in May 1965. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Esmond ND. Nordan met the love of his life, Gwendolyn Faith Kelm. They were married on June 3, 1966. He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a Sergeant from March 1966 to March 1969. He received his bachelor’s degree in pre-law (1970) and master’s degree in soil science (1972) from North Dakota State University. He was a licensed professional soil classifier and pioneer in the field of soils, practicing for over 50 years. Nordan and Gwen made their home in Davenport North Dakota where they owned and operated Soil Testing and Consulting (50 years) and Dakota Sausage Kitchen (20 years). Nordan loved to hunt and fish with his sons, his family, and friends. He had many amazing talents that included cooking, drawing, oil painting, carpentry, leather working, and playing cards with his friends. Nordan was a member of the Davenport Lutheran Church, Davenport Lions Club, the Volunteer Fire Department and the North Dakota professional soil classifiers. Nordan leaves his wife, Gwendolyn of Davenport ND, his two sons -Luke, Willliam and Valencia Roxanne (King) Lunde of Rochester, MN and Matthew Mark and Stacey (Voller) Lunde of Rugby, ND; his seven grandchildren – Gwendolyn (18), Luke Jr. (16), Jamal (13), Jaelyn (12), Jeremiah (11), Tayler (9) and Brysen (4); his siblings – Karen (Lunde) Arnold of Steel, ND, Charles (Connie) Lunde of Kingsburg, CA, Samuel (Jolene) Lunde of Bismarck, ND, Noel (Tammy) Lunde of Wilton , ND; and many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends and adopted family members. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles (Pappy) Lunde, parents Ove and Lou Lunde, his brother-in-law, Dennis Arnold and nephew, Jeffrey Arnold. God Bless his memory; loving husband, father, brother and friend.

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  1. Love you brother, I’m happy you are in a better place and not having the health issues anymore not the pain.
    RIP, God Bless you and all the family.

  2. God rest your heart and soul. From an old high classmate I express my condolences to your family.

  3. Wishing peace to the entire family. We have many wonderful memories of the time we were able to spend together. Rest in peace, Nordan.

  4. I will always cherish the memories of our childhood and youth. Of how our families histories went back to our grandparent ‘s friendships, the visits, the the block factory at Cranberry Lake, sharing my pony with you. Sweet, Sweet Memories. I could write a book about those childhood days and the crazy things you and John would do and hunt and cook over a campfire. May the angels walk you home and May God greet you at Heaven’ s Gate. RIP old Friend.

  5. Nord was a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service in Linton ND when I met him in 1975. I also worked for the Soil Conservation Service. I ran in to Nord several times over the years when he lived in Davenport and when I went back to college late in life, Luke was also attending NDSU, 1992 or 1993. My condolences to Gwen and the boys. Nord was a great guy, he and Dave Wroblewski were great to work with.

  6. Over the years that I have gotten to know norden him and Gwen were like a second family to me. When ever he had the chance to he would make trips up to rugby on a weekend to go fall hunting with his son Matt and my self and I’ll always have memories of those days that we were able to do that and the fun times that we also had or an occasional trip to cranberry lake.. Nord was a loving husband, father, and Grandpa to his grandkids.. he will be forever missed ,but he will always be in our thoughts and in our hearts and the times that he was with his family and friends..

  7. Nord and I met in North Dakota when I was at NDSU Department of Soil Science in the Soils research laboratory. Nord was one of my favorite people for the 15 years I was in North Dakota. Full of humor and good stories (soil and hunting flavored mostly) and an excellent friend. I remember well the days when he and Gwen were setting up their soils lab. My condolences to Gwen and the family.

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