Vernette Lundy "Verne" was born 2 October 1875 in Wheatfield Township, Ingham County, Michigan.  He died 31 December 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was buried in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Clarion, Iowa.


Verne married Mary Chambers, daughter of Nicholas Chambers and Mary McHale on 26 April 1899.  Mary was born in 1878 in Ireland.Another Iowa State Census states that Mary Lundy was born Mary Chambers in Ireland; her parents were Nickoles and Mary (McHale) Chambers, both born in Ireland.


Verne and Mary had the following children:

1.  Henrietta/Geraldine Lundy was born 1902

2.  John N. Lundy was born 1904

3.  Margaret K. Lundy was born 1911.  Margaret lived in Washington D.C. where she worked for the Internal Revenue Service.

4.  Ida Lundy was born 1913 in Iowa

5.  J. (Joseph) Edward Lundy was born 1915 in Iowa.  He died 2 October 2007 in Dearborn, Michigan. (see information below)

6.  James T. Llundy was born 16 December 1916 and died 27 October 2001. (see information below)



Verne and Mary are in the 1905 census - Clarion, Iowa, also, a May H. and John Lundy.  According to Verne Edward Lundy's WWI Draft Registration, his occupation was a carpenter and a builder.  He lived in Clarion, Wright County, Iowa and his wife's name was Mary.  Verne was 43 years of age and his birthday was October 2, 1875.  The WWI registration # was 674 and the order # was 1863.


VERNE LUNDY, 73, DIES MONDAY AT CEDAR RAPIDS HOME   -   Verne Lundy, 73, died Monday at a nursing home at Cedar Rapids.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at St. John's Catholic church at Clarion.  He has been a Clarion resident over 50 years and the past year he has been at the Cedar Rapids Nursing Home due to ill health.
He is survived by three sons, Edward of Detroit, Michigan; John of Austin, Minnesota; and James of Benning, New Mexico; two daughters - Mrs. Margaret Walker of Washington, D.C. and Mrs. Frank Dunn of Cedar Rapids: one sister and three brothers.  He was a former carpenter and a mason.  The Eyler funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

5.  Joseph Edward Lundy attended St. John's School, and was Valedictorian of his graduating class at Clarion High School, Clarion, Iowa.  He graduated from the University of Iowa, Magna Cum Laude, in 1936.  While on campus, he was named to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of Artus and was a member of Delta Upsilon Social Fraternity.  J. Edward was a fellow in Economics at Princeton University from 1937-40 and a faculty member in Economics there from 1940-43.  Princeton's senior class elected him "the most inspiring teacher on Princeton's faculty" in 1943. 

Edward entered the Army Air Force as a private in 1943 and had attained the rank of Major two years later.  After WWII he joined the Ford Motor Company and worked for Henry Ford II.  Henry Ford II hired ten men that worked together while in the Army Air Force at the office of Statistical Control during WWII.   The group of ten, soon to be known as "The Whiz Kids", were:  Charles B. "Tex" Thornton, J. Edward Lundy, Wilbur Anderson, Charles Bosworth, Robert McNamara, Arjay Miller, Ben Mills, George Moore, Jack Reith and James Wright. Not only did the "Whiz Kids"  help the Ford Motor Company become successful, they became one of the most celebrated success stories in American Business.  "J. Edward's accomplishments in automotive finance are legendary.  He defined finance as an important information source and management tool,  a departure from the traditional orientation toward only accounting, treasury and auditing.  He believed the finance function was at the heart of "management with facts." He also focused the finance function on forecasting, making information useful and actionable by senior management and was able to make recommendations to remedy a wide variety of issues.   "To this day, some in Ford Motor Company's Finance Staff use the term Lundyism to refer to grammatical, typographical, and formatting conventions in the preparation of financial reports."

Edward retired from Ford Motor Company in 1979 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Office and continued to serve on the Company's Board of Directors until 1985.  He served as Director of Research and Analysis for the Statistical Control Headquarters of the Air Force in Washington.  He also was a member of the Board of Mt. Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, and the Advisory Board of the Wharton School of Finance and Associate Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, and served on the Advisory Council of Princeton University.  The J. Edward Lundy Pavilion at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; has been named after him.   A campus building, Lundy Commons, at the Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been named after him.  Edward has also been a Director of the American Road Insurance Company, Ford Motor Credit Company, and Ford Lease Development Company.

**Reference: Automotive Hall of Fame Biography, Detroit News "Whiz Kids" article, The Whiz Kids; John A. Byrne; Doubleday, NY 1993, Wright County Monitor - Clarion, Iowa

6.  James T. Lundy married Celia Carney.  Celia was born 2 May 1926 in Grinell, Iowa.  She died 16 April 2004.  James T. Lundy was a Lt. Col. in the United States Air Force.


Deming, New Mexico
November 1, 2001

James T. Lundy, a longtime resident and civic leader of Deming, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001 at his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1916, to Vern E. and Mary Lou Lundy in Clarion, Iowa. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapels in Deming. The prayer vigil and rosary service will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, with Fathers David Bentley, Dan Barfield, Richard Catanach and Joe Anderson as celebrants. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. After attending the University of Iowa, Mr. Lundy volunteered to serve his country. He trained as a cadet in Victorville, Calif., where he received his bombardier wings in 1941. During World War II, he was stationed in England, where he served with the 8th Air Force. He completed 25 missions over Germany. Among other medals, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement and valor in the European Theater of War. He served at Deming Army Air Field as a bombardier flight leader and cadet instructor. There he met and married his wife of 55 years, Celia. Mr. Lundy was an active business and civic leader in Deming before he retired in 1977 as part owner/manager of Mahoney's Hardware Store. He served two separate terms on the Deming City Council; was a charter member of St. Joseph Council 4256, serving as council treasurer for 25 years and as a fourth degree knight with Assembly No. 1731; was a member and past president of the Old Timers Association; and was a member and past president of the Rotary Club. Mr. Lundy was a member of Holy Family Church and served on the first parish council, established in 1949. In 1977, he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Apodaca to serve a two-year term on the International Space Hall of Fame Commission in Alamogordo.

Besides his wife, Mr. Lundy is survived by four sons, John and his wife, Marcella, Patrick and Brian, all of Deming, and Michael and his wife, Mimi, of Jackson, Tenn.; four daughters, Marya Mitchell and husband, Dennis, of Columbus, Ohio, Suzanne Lundy of Alamogordo, Kathy Duran and husband, Stephen, of Deming, and Margaret Dell and husband, Scott, of Fort Worth, Texas; one brother, J. Edward Lundy of Dearborn, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Morales, Sean Lundy, and Andrew and Phillip Duran, all of Deming, Lupe Ontiveros of Las Cruces, Kelly Lundy of Silver City, and Blair and Megan Dell of Fort Worth; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Al Castillo, Carney Foy, Jim Foy, Chris Dunn, Frank Dunn and Michael Dunn. Honorary bearers will be A.D. Graveline, Clifford Gray, Claude Leyendecker, Frank Major, Ed Pillar, Bob Pryor, Lewis Putnam, Fred Rossiter, Larry Truax and Eric Jordan. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Holy Family Building Trust Fund, 612 S. Copper, Deming, NM 88030. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Deming.


information from Sara Thorson Little