Kenneth Richard Lund
Jan 26, 1936 - Feb 28, 2017
- After living a full life, Kenneth Richard Lund, 81, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday morning, February 28, 2017. He was a resident of Apex, NC, at the time of his passing.
Kenneth was born to the late Ruth (Marston) and Gustave Lund in Bedford, NH, and graduated from Manchester West High School in 1954. He completed a two-year automotive course at the New Hampshire Technical Institute and served 11 years in the Army National Guard as a Second Lieutenant.
He also completed two years of architectural training at the Rhode Island School of Design before deciding to pursue his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot.
After earning his aviation licenses, Captain Lund— aka Captain Midnite—flew for several airlines, including Bar Harbor, Eastern, and finally Continental. Flying gave him a great sense of peace, he often said, and he loved helping people reach their destinations. He never tired of the cloud formations, which sometimes changed minute by minute.
During the course of his career, Kenneth was based out of various airports. He lived, at different times, in Bangor, Maine; Nashua, NH; and Hampton, NH.
In his spare time, he enjoyed being a member of Washington Lodge No. 61, F&AM of Manchester, NH; the Scottish Rite Valley of Nashua, NH; and the Bektash Temple of the Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.) in Concord, NH. He was also a devoted member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, which he joined in 1960.
An avid boater and motorcyclist, Kenneth helped found the ROMEO (retired old men eating out) motorcycle club in Hampton, NH, and was a member of the RETREADS motorcycle club. He continued riding motorcycles and boating after he retired in Florida.
Family members and longtime friends remember him for his easy laugh, his encouragement and positive attitude, and his love of dessert, which he preferred at the beginning and the end of a meal, whenever possible. He also enjoyed meeting new people and always had an amusing anecdote to share.
He leaves behind his daughter Elizabeth Lund of Boston; his daughter Linda Mersereau, her husband, Glenn, and their two children of Apex, NC. He also leaves his beloved sister, Shirley Bennett, her four children and thirteen grandchildren; and many close relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Shriners Hospitals for Children. A memorial service will be held this summer in Manchester, NH. Details about the service will be posted on the Apex Funeral Home (North Carolina) site; messages of condolence can be left there as well.