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Alan “Al” Dean Lundeen, 65

Alan “Al” Dean Lundeen, 65, passed away peacefully at home in Fosston, Minn., on Nov. 18, 2023.
Al was born March 17, 1958, in St. Cloud, Minn., to Melvin and Carol (Thorson) Lundeen. He was the eldest of three children. He attended elementary school in South Haven, Minn., and high school in Annandale, Minn., where he graduated with honors in 1976. Al worked alongside his parents at Lundeen OK Hardware during school. After graduating high school he attended Northwest Technical College in Wadena MN for Telephone Technology, graduating in 1977 at the top of his class.
On August 1, 1977, Al moved to Karlstad MN and went to work for Wikstrom Telephone Company (Wiktel) where he was employed for 46 years, until his passing. Al valued his job and took pride in his dedication, contributions and accomplishments to Wiktel and the entire telephone industry. He also served on the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Board of Directors for seven years.
Al had a very large presence in the City of Karlstad and the surrounding communities. He was chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission for 32 years, served on the Airport Commission, and was a former school board member for Tri-County Schools, including four years as vice chair. He was a volunteer firefighter on the Karlstad Fire department for over 25 years, including seven years as fire chief. During some of his time with the fire department, he was a state of Minnesota firefighting instructor.
On June 20, 1981, Al married Bonnie Swanson and from this union two children were born, Andrew and Morganne. They resided in Karlstad.
On Aug. 8, 2008, Al was united in marriage to Melissah Puttbrese in Halma, Minn., and with this union came two bonus children, Samanthah and Jacob. Al and Melissah spent their time between Karlstad, Fosston and Bullhead City, Ariz.
Al’s favorite pastimes included motorcycling, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, woodworking, traveling and spending time at his winter home in Arizona. He most loved and cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren. His family always came first. He was someone who was very generous and always willing to help out others. He will be fondly remembered by his conversations, knowledge, smile and his extreme kindness to all he came in contact with.
Al is survived by: his wife, Melissah of Fosston/Bullhead City; children, Andrew (Anna) Lundeen of Karlstad, Morganne (Kenrick) Anderson of Becker, Minn., Samanthah Wesner of Karlstad, and Jacob (Ali) Anderson of Fargo, N.D.; 5 grandchildren, Jessica, Thinh, Giana, Liam and Finnegan; sisters, Linda (Kevin) Caird of St. Augusta, Minn., and Lisa (Allen) Hechtel of South Haven, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by: his father, Melvin; mother, Carol; grandparents, Elmer and Esther Lundeen and Palmer and Juanita Thorson; mother-in-law, Ruby Jean Torgerson; father-in-law, Albert Puttbrese; nephew, Steven John Puttbrese Jr.; aunts, uncles; and his best friend, loyal companion and fur dog Benny.
A Celebration of Life/visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, at First Lutheran Church in Karlstad, with a memorial service to follow. The service will be livestreamed on the First Lutheran Church Facebook page. Burial will be at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Austin Funeral Home of Hallock, Minn. austinfuneralchapel.com.

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