Wallace Lundeen, 1956

WALLACE LUNDEEN of Seattle, died Aug. 26, 2012. He was 84 years old. Pastor Wally was born in Fargo, N.D., and graduated from high school in Minot, N.D. He joined the Navy as a young man and later graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He earned the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1959. He spent his Sundays preaching at churches across the Midwest before becoming the minister of Highland Street Lutheran Church in Worcester, Mass. In 1963, Pastor Wally moved his family from Worcester to found Faith Lutheran Church in Pioneer, Calif. From a storage unit in Pioneer to the garage of the parsonage along Highway 88 to the sanctuary that currently houses the congregation, Pastor Wally led Faith Lutheran through its early years. He was proud to select the quarry stone and sugar pine slab that made the alter. He wanted the church to reflect its physical surroundings, but more important, wanted it to become a place of sanctuary for all. From Faith Lutheran, Pastor Wally led the congregation of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, Calif. He retired to Washington where he lived across the street from his son, Eric. Pastor Wally also served as a chaplain in the Army, where he rose to the prestigious rank of Colonel. While at Faith Lutheran and St. Luke’s he completed the course work for a doctorate in theology. Despite his professional successes, Pastor Wally will be remembered best as someone who always put others first. His devotion to God and his love for his congregations and family will be remembered as the qualities that made him who he truly was. He is missed greatly by his brother, Jim; children, Albert, Eric and Meghan; and grandchildren, Kara, Andrew, Kristin, Eric and Gus.