Robert (Bob) Lund, 81, of Vermillion, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, July 1, 2013 after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Bob was born May 6, 1932 on a farm near Newcastle, NE, to Maurice and Mabel (Birkley) Lund. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Maskell, NE and attended school in Newcastle, NE. He married the love of his life, Marcy (Panko) Lund in 1959 and later that year received his Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska.
Bob served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. After graduating from pharmacy school, he worked as a drug rep for the Merck Company before buying a drug store in 1963 in Wayne, NE. In 1971 he sold the store in Wayne and built Lund Drug in Vermillion, which he owned and operated until selling the business in 1987. During this time he started several other businesses in Vermillion including, The Klothes Kloset, The Hallmark Shop and The Campus Supply Shoppe. After retiring, he worked part time as a pharmacist at Dakota Hospital in Vermillion for about 10 years.
During his time in Wayne and Vermillion, he was active in church and served on many boards such as Industrial Development and Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed spending time with family, golfing, and coffee with his friends. He was an avid fan of both Coyote and Nebraska Cornhusker sports.
He is survived by his wife, Marcy, of Vermillion; three daughters, Lori (Kirk) Guymon of Rapid City, Linda (Roy) Wilcox of Yankton, and Lisa (Dale) Van Heek of Crofton, NE; nine grandchildren, Andy Guymon, Lindsey (Chris) Jacobson, Laura Wilcox, Mark (Virginia) Wilcox, Michael Wilcox, Jenna, Nicole, Derek, and Hannah Van Heek. He is also survived by three great-grandsons, Luke, Seth, John Jacobson; a brother, Ray (Julie) Lund of Kansas City, KS; a sister, Doris Ehle of Battle Creek, NE; and a sister-in-law, Donna Lund of Ponca, NE.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion with private burial prior to the service in the Lutheran Cemetery in Maskell, NE. Prayer services will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Trinity Lutheran Church. hansenfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion Food Pantry or the American Cancer Society.