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Joe Bruce Lundeen

March 24, 1951November 9, 2020
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Joe Bruce Lundeen, 69, died November 9, 2020, after a battle with cancer with his wife Peggy by his side and loved ones nearby in Phoenix, AZ. He was born March 24, 1951, in Holdrege, Nebraska to parents Warner Swan Lundeen and Marguerite Elizabeth Hendrickson Lundeen.

Joe spent summers with his family waterskiing and sailing at their cabin at Johnson Lake, Nebraska growing up. He attended Hastings College in Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1979 with a degree in Architecture. He met his future wife, Peggy Smith Eckert, and her two children, Sarah and Beau while attending the University of Nebraska. They were married September 3, 1983 in Hastings, Nebraska.

The family moved to Arizona in 1983, where Joe continued his architecture career that included project management for Coca-Cola in Moscow, Russia, teaching Architecture at Taliesin West and several notable projects including the Life Magazine House, and several schools around the Valley.

Following retirement, Joe became a professional grandparent, devoting much of his time and energy to caring for and doing his best to spoil his seven grandchildren. He always made time to take them to museums, work on technology and science projects and teach them about his favorite music and movies.

His interests included family, golf and recently, bicycling. Joe’s great smile, kindness, humor, and good-natured personality made a fast friend of everyone he met. Joe was incredibly loved by family and friends and his passing will be mourned by many.

Joe is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughter, Sarah (Michael) Lisi, son, Beau (Kelley) Eckert, daughter, Emily (Matt) Guthrie, son, Alex (Niki) Lundeen; and his seven treasured grandchildren; siblings Swan (Jo Ellen) Lundeen, George (Cammie) Lundeen, Nelse (Bets) Lundeen, Carol (Mike) Hansen, and Mark Lundeen and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew Jacob Lundeen . A private family memorial service will be held. Next summer, the family plans a celebration of life at Johnson Lake, Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Children’s Heart Foundation in memory of Joe Lundeen:



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Lisa Jones

November 23, 2020

I was so sorry to read about Joe's passing. I know Joe and Peggy from our working together in the late 80's-early 90's. He was always so kind, soft spoken and knowledgeable. My sincere condolences to Peggy and the family.

Clara Youngberg

November 18, 2020

I worked with Joe in 93-94 with the Benham Group on a project at the Arizona State Prison in Florence Arizona. He would always be doing things to my computer, like when I turned it on in the morning, it would say "top of the morning to you" and in the middle of the day, it would start moaning or sometimes start giggling. He was a character. After that project he went on to some modular home building company and I stayed with the architectural firm. We would call each other once in awhile just to say hi how are things going and he always talked about Emily and Alex because they were the youngest and Beau, I think at that time was getting ready to go to college. He did indeed love his family talked about them all the time. Especially how frightened Emily was right after the Oklahoma City bombing. AND his time in Costa Rica! It's been years since we've been in touch but his name would pop up once in awhile with old co-workers and today one of them texted me and said sad news, Joe Lundeen has passed. My prayers and sympathy go out to the family.

Michael Buettner

November 17, 2020

Joe helped us one summer back in 1975? erecting Olson center pivots for Quinten Peterson. He would bring his lunch in a Boy Scout mess kit. He was soft spoken and very diligent in his work. He will be missed by all.

David Hilsabeck

November 17, 2020

I remember when Joe rode a unicycle all over Holdrege. He was one cool dude.

Christopher Maloney

November 17, 2020

Joe was one of the best friends I ever had and I was shocked and broken-hearted to hear he was gone. He was a man who always made me feel like I was an important part of his life as I always felt he was an important part of mine, even though we only talked occasionally and only saw each other at reunions. I will never forget the years he was my friend in Holdrege and the brief conversations we had during the decades after I left.

Joe, you will be deeply missed and fondly remembered forever.

Chris Maloney

Mike and Terri Lisi

November 17, 2020

The Lundeen and Lisi families became partners over 20 years ago. Our son married Sarah and our two families became one. All our holidays/birthdays are spent together with Grandpa Joe (all the kids called him that) in the middle of whatever game the kids were playing. If someone walks in with a new baby Joe was the first one to hold the new little bundle. Mike and I are technology challenged. From TV’s to iPads to computers Joe guided us through what to buy. Then he would come set up our new purchase and show us how to use. Joe was one of the kindest people I have ever known. . Our family will never be quite the same without him. We are so blessed to have had him as family. Our love and prayers are with everyone who were lucky enough to have called Joe husband, dad, grandpa, son-in-law,, brother, brother-in-law,, family, and friend. The world was a better place because Joe was in it! We will carry him in our hearts always! ♥️Mike snd Terri

Robert Martinson

November 17, 2020

I enjoyed spending my high school years in classes with Joe. A fine gentleman even then.

Kara Thornton

November 17, 2020

Dearest Joe and family:
I am Amorita Andersen’s granddaughter. I lost my dad, David Andersen in 2014 and Joe’s letter to my brother and I was such comfort during a difficult time. I’m not sure I ever had the chance to thank you for your kind words. That letter spoke volumes of Joe’s character and I loved hearing the memories you shared about you and my dad. I wish I could have told you this. You were a great person and you will be missed. To your family, I am sending so many prayers and thinking of you all.
Love, Kara Thornton

Karen Kammann

November 16, 2020

Swan, George, Nelse, Carol, Mark & Family: My deepest sympathy on Joe’s passing. my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Judy Piasecki

November 15, 2020

I was a HHS69 classmate of Joes. He was a great classmate who always made our reunions fun at the family lake house. He was a gracious man, even though we weren't close friends in high school. Enjoyed seeing him & visiting about family & last few years on Facebook with family pictures . Prayers for comfort to his family as you continue on without him. May God bless you with lots of pleasant memories.
Judy (Robinson) Piasecki


Joe with his oldest niece Adrienne approx. 1980-81


Joe is in the middle


Joe was the third child of 5 brothers and 1 sister, so in this photo his is on the bottom left. From this one you should be able to figure out the rest of them. Our parents took mostly group photos.


On the left


Nelse & Joe


Swan. Nelse, Joe and George


Probably our first summer at Johnson Lake in Nebraska


L to R
A friend with Swan, George & Joe

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