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Charles Leonard Lord, 84

Charles Leonard Lord, 84, of Park Rapids died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007.

He was born Sept. 23, 1922 to Leonard and Geneva (Tennis) Lord in Park Rapids. He graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1941. In 1942, he joined the US Navy, serving during the European Theatre of World War II. He was part of the first wave of US forces in the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. Using an amphibious landing craft, he made many trips to rescue wounded soldiers and bring them to the hospital ship. Upon receiving his honorable discharge in January 1946, he returned to Minnesota and attended Junior College in Virginia, Bemidji State University and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor's degree in education in 1951.

He married Donna M. Freeman Aug. 23, 1947 at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids. He taught in Red Lake Falls from 1951 to 1954. He transferred to Park Rapids in 1954 as a business teacher. He also served as assistant principal until retiring in 1984.

He was a longtime member of Riverside United Methodist Church, Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 and Park Rapids Eagles Aerie 870. He also served as the Park Rapids beach director and did carpentry work for Nub Johnson.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Julene Davis of St. Paul; sister, Alice Jenkins of Hill City; a granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Bob, Ed, Bill and Don; and a daughter, Janelle.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Riverside United Methodist Church with Rev. Donald Bird officiating. The organist will be Linda Szuszitsky. The congregational hymns will be "Because He Lives" and "Be Still My Soul." Charles McDonald will sing, "On Eagle's Wings" and "The Lord's Prayer." Sarah Johnson will play a flute solo.

Honorary casketbearers: Don "Bode" Fearn, Grant Bateman, Blair McNulty, Don "Mac" McDowell, George Toops and Will Ryther.

Active casketbearers: Steve and Brian Jenkins, Robert and David Lord, John Sanderson and Parker Torkelson.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids.

Military honors will be provided by the Star of the North Marine Corps League under the direction of David Free. Ray Vaadeland will play taps and the Navy anthem.