Lawson C. Lunde
November 22, 1935 – September 5, 2019
Lawson “Lon” Lunde, age 83, of Waukegan, formerly of Des Plaines, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2019. Lon was born in Chicago on November 22, 1935, the son of Arvid and Evelyn (Anda) Lunde. He began playing the piano by ear at the age of four, and later was known to Americans as panelist “Lonny” through his eight years as a Quiz Kid. After his “Quiz Kids” days were over, he graduated from Maine High School and then studied music at the Chicago Musical College. He earned a degree in Psychology from Northwestern University in 1957. In the Army, his training in psychology led to an assignment supervising intelligence exams. Aside from his stint in the Army, most of his career has involved music. While Lon played piano for a living, composing was his main interest. Most of the music he wrote was for the saxophone, even though he never played that instrument. Lon loved watching sports, coaching little league and was a life-long Cubs fan. He also enjoyed playing bridge and spending time with friends and family.
Lon was a faithful member of St. Zachary Church in Des Plaines. He is survived by his two children: April (Chris) Barron and Alan (Cindy) Lunde; five grandchildren: Maya and Andie Barron, Matthew, Amanda and Angela Lunde, and his niece, nephews and friends. Lon was preceded in death by his sister, Marcia Johnson.
Visitation will be held Tuesday September 10, from 4-8 pm with a religious service at 6:00 pm at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St (corner of Northwest Hwy/Rt 14 and Rand Rd) Des Plaines. There will be a private family burial at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
For information please call 847-824-5155 or visit www.oehlerfuneralhome.com
- Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Lawson C. Lunde
September 11, 2019
Lon embraced the whole world of music from an early age. As a maternal cousin five years younger than Lon, my family and I went to his home for holidays.
I recall the thrill of my sister Judy and I being admitted into his teenaged room, with Lon saying “Do you want to hear on my record player the most exquisite (he probably used another word) beginning of an orchestral piece ever written? Via the internet, I recently learned it was the obscure American impressionist Charles T. Griffes’ piece, The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan. The opening section is almost surreal, in the lowest notes register, like dinosaurs slowly rising and slogging through tar.
I still remmember those lugubrious notes from over fifty years ago, and hope that Lon’s (Lawson Lunde’s) saxophone compositions from that era live on, in Utube playing, in sheet music, in recitals.
Like Griffes, Lon’s works are creative, eclectic, universal and timeless. Classical, and a bit more.
I am so glad Lon continued throughout life doing music, one of his passions.
September 10, 2019
Will always have fond memories of Lon playing music at our church, St.Zachary’s in Des Plaines. He needed no music to read as he played by ear. He also sang for many years in our choir. Most of all, will remember playing Bridge with him at St. Zachary’s....he was one of the BEST players with a sharp memory. Know he will enjoy his eternal reward.....RIP, Lon...Fondly, Ann
September 10, 2019
My cousin Lon, the youngest of my father's generation, bridged the gap to us. He had perfect pitch and even more amazingly, a nearly perfect memory for music and songs. He and my grandfather drove to a fraternity convention, and my grandfather created an original song as they drove. Lon still remembered music and lyrics 60 years later.
A few of us shared a love of history and family connections, that bridged the gap too, I never met my great-grandmother Lunde, as she died shortly after my parents' wedding, Lon was one of two cousins who were left in the family who had met her.
He brought a joy of music to his audiences. I watched him once as he accompanied a lady who came to entertain at a retirement home. His legs and fingers were a bit stiffer by then but the music flowed into the room and the audience smiled and forgot their worries.
He has a new audience now among some old friends.
Judy and John Zurbrigg
September 8, 2019
We are glad that cousin Lon lived so long that he could see his children and grandchildren grow and thrive. We all wish them the best, with music in their lives. Judy and John