Remembering Uncle Luke

Luther Englund

November 1922 – June 2018

A very special man of God

Last Saturday morning, my uncle Luke died at age 95. He was one of those special people who embody what it means to be a loving, active child of God throughout his life. A pastor for more than 30 years, he spent another 30 years serving as a chaplain and pastoral care giver, especially to seniors, up until age 94. He loved his family and all those he served and freely shared his great sense of humor with everyone. Luke still lived in his own home with my aunt Elvira up until collapsing on his Tuesday morning walk last week. He was one of the rare people who would still handwrite letters to people, including nephews like me who he rarely had occasion to see. We last visited with him and Elvira in 2004, and were reminded of his active mind and his love of travel, something they often did with my parents, going to places ranging from China to Alaska to Pismo Beach. I don’t know what his politics were, but suspect that they could be described as compassionate conservatism, because he cared deeply about all people, including the many farm workers and immigrants in his California community. I hope that I can be like him when I grow up! Peace to his memory, and to the memory of all the saints who play such important roles in our lives.

Dave Erickson-Pearson

Luther Englund was born at home on November 11, 1922 to Howard and Hilma Englund in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the youngest child with two brothers and two sisters. Luther earned an AA degree from North Park College in Chicago, a BA from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a Seminary degree from North Park Theological Seminary. He was a lifetime learner continuing to attend seminars and conferences all his life. Luther was an Ordained Minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. He and his wife Elvira served a total of 31 years at churches in Buffalo, New York; Alberta, Canada; Warren and Trimont, Minnesota; and Hilmar, California. In 1977 he became the Chaplain at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock until retirement in 1998. Calvary Baptist Church then called him to be Congregational Care Pastor serving for 10 years retiring once more at 94 but continuing to visit and occasionally officiate at funerals.

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