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1934 Fr. 2012

Fr. Ronald Lundgren

December 21, 1934 — March 31, 2012

Fr. Ronald Gilbert Lundgren, 77, entered his eternal rest on March 31, 2012. He was born in Tulsa Oklahoma. He spent his childhood and graduated high school in Salina Kansas. It was during this time that he wanted to join the navy so he took navy reserve classes in Saline high school. From there he joined the navy and served on submarines from 1957 to 1967 and came out a chief radioman. After his years in the navy his first job as a civilian was to be a police officer for three and a half years in Salina. It was during these years that he went back to school and received his associate's degree in electronic engineering and worked two years in two-way radio maintenance. More college earned him degrees in business administration and psychology. He ended his formal education journey when he went back to school and earned his master's degree in psychology. Later in life he felt the call of God to enter the priesthood. In August 1981 he was ordained a deacon in the American Orthodox Church established by the Russian Orthodox Church. A year later he was ordained a priest. After earning a master's degree he became a psychotherapist at Wyoming State Penitentiary where he retired from in 1997. As an American Orthodox priest he served many years as an assistant to Rev. Harry Way at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. With the permission of the Episcopal of Wyoming, Bruce Caldwell and his own abbot in San Doley, France, he officiated at St. Thomas under the Syrian healing mass liturgy, which he celebrated for years. During his years in Rawlins he served faithfully at the soup kitchen that was run by the Episcopal Church. He was also instrumental in starting and serving the Police Chaplin's Association. He is survived by his wife of twelve years Sandi Lundgren, his five children; Cynthia Anderson, Michelle Lundgren, Theresa Kostelz, Mary Kostelz, Gina Kostelz. He is also survived by three granddaughters and one great-grandson.


Friday, June 29, 2012 2:00pm

France Memorial Church Building

1506 Nevada St.



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