Memorial for Larry Lunden Set for January

The 90-year-old died last week after he was struck by a passing car.

A memorial service for Larry Lunden, the longtime Mercer Island resident who died Dec. 23 after he was struck by a moving car the previous day, will be held at on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.

Lunden, 90, was crossing Island Crest Way at about 5 p.m. Dec. 22 when . He was treated at the scene and later transported to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. He died the next day at the hospital.

According to the Mercer Island Police Department, Lunden had crossed the street at an old, no longer used crosswalk in the 4700 block of Island Crest Way instead of at the new, better-lit crosswalk some 60 feet north. Police say that Lunden appeared to reach the sidewalk area but had not yet stepped onto the curb when he was struck.

According to the police, neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the accident. A complete report will be issued following a thorough investigation. A police spokesperson said the report may be available by the end of the week.

Lunden had lived on Mercer Island with his wife, Charlotte, for 55 years, said their daughter Karen Diltz. The couple moved to the island in the 1950s to raise a family after meeting at The Boeing Co. during World War II, where they had both worked building planes for the war effort.

After Boeing, Lunden worked as an appliance repairman until he retired at the age of 55.

Lunden is survived by his wife; his three daughters, Helen McCann of Woodinville, Diltz of Mercer Island, and Susan Marlow of Goldendale; eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the "Feed the Hungry" program at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Nancy arimura January 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I am sorry beyond words at the loss of your husband and loveing father. My thoughts and prayers are with the family today. Nancy arimura


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