Franklin C. “Butch” Lund was the only child of Frank C. and Inez Lund. He was born in Plentywood Montana and raised on the family farm located 4 miles southeast of Outlook. He attended the Outlook school through his sophomore year, then transferred to Plentywood High School. He was a standout student and basketball player and grew to love the game that he would later coach. He married his sweetheart, his “Kitten”, Shirley Willard, and had more than sixty amazing years together. In 1958, their son Duane Franklin was born, the following year a daughter Debra Kay and four years later another daughter Lisa Roxanne.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physical Science from Eastern Montana College in Billings, and his Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Penn State University in State College, PA. Frank began his teaching career in Scobey, MT in 1960 and finished at Custer County High School in 1996, retiring after 34 years. An outstanding mathematics teacher at CCDHS, his goals were simply to pass on his love and knowledge of math. He was committed to the success of his students. Frank followed another of his passions and became a basketball coach at Custer, for 11 years, instilling the love of the game in many Cowboys’ hearts. Following his grandchildren’s sports and activities filled his heart with pride.
Frank’s family was his everything. He was a master craftsman and enjoyed working with wood and leather. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t make for them. Be it a truck for a grandson, a baby doll cradle for a granddaughter, or a rocking cradle for his first great-granddaughter. Frank built two houses in his lifetime; one for his family and many years later another for his youngest daughter and her family. Frank was also the site boss for the first Habitat for Humanity home built in Miles City. Designing and constructing unique wooden toys was his gift. He loved sharing his knowledge with his children and grandchildren as they worked together in his shop. Both his daughters frequently sent tiny cut out pictures to be created full size in wood by Dad. Frank continued drawing plans and building unique toys up until the time of his death.
Life could take the farm boy away from the country, but the farm never left Frank. Even with a teaching career and family, summers were filled sharing farm life with his children and helping his father work the land, until son Duane took over the farm. All three children learned to drive on the farm, first tractors, then the grease buggy, and then graduating to the ’60 El Camino.
After his retirement, Frank became an excellent cook and bread maker; his gourmet skills were shared with family and friends. Frank and Shirley enjoyed twelve years of wintering at Port Aransas, TX. All six grandchildren enjoyed a week of spring break in the Texas sun with their grandparents.
Frank was the umbrella over his family, protecting and sheltering us always. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, he enriched our lives and gave unconditional love to each of us. He was always ready with a hug, a kiss, and the precious words of “I love you”, “drive safe”, and “call when you get there”.
Frank is survived by his loving wife Shirley, son Duane and wife Blair of East Helena: daughters Debi Stiles and her husband Pete of Montana City, and Lisa Gee and her husband John of Stanford. Six grandchildren Michael (Melissa), Alexis, and Thomas Lund; Caleb (Jessica) Gee, Meghan (Tyler) Dellen and Luke Gee. Three great-granddaughters Abigail and Sofia Lund and Havanna Dellen. Shirley’s siblings, Nancy, Ginny, Bob, and their spouses and families, longtime teacher friends and coffee buddies Bob Dickson and Ed Mayberry are part of Frank’s loving family.
Frank was such an avid reader that in addition to an extensive book collection, he wore out two Kindles. Should friends desire, memorials may be made in memory of Frank to Miles City Public Library.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.