Russ entered this world on Feb. 22, 1939, in Rockland. His parents were Otis M. Lunt and Doris G. (Wilson) Lunt.
He had a fun and adventurous childhood and spent many of his summers with his Ma and Pa in Frenchboro on Long Island. He graduated from Rockland High School, and soon thereafter enlisted in the Air Force. He was trained as a jet engine mechanic and was stationed at Bunker Hill AFB (now Grissom) in Peru, Ind., where he was assigned to the test cell. He loved it and would tell countless stories to anyone who would listen. As much as he loved the Air Force, Maine had a stronger pull on him, so upon his honorable discharge, he came home. He worked at Marine Colloids in Rockland, and lobstered off of Matinicus Island. He also worked at Sylvania Electric in Waldoboro, and transferred to their new plant in Standish, where he met his future wife, Marty.
They married in the summer of 1968, and enjoyed a long life of hard work, friendship and love together. They moved to Frenchboro so Russ could pursue his passion for lobstering. Nine long years later, they moved to Southwest Harbor and bought and ran a lobster wharf there. He also did lobster pounding and owned a couple of fishing draggers. He eventually liquidated all of these.
Early retirement agreed with Russ, and he and Marty were lucky enough to be able to purchase part of Bud Bordeaux’s cow pasture at the head of Somes Sound and built the house they lived in for the next 40 years. During their life together, they had driven across this great country and went to Bermuda and Hawaii. They had a winter house on Marco Island, Fla., and most recently on Jekyll Island, Ga.
Back home, they both enjoyed countless and memorable ATV trips Downeast. Russ could be found mowing the fields, like a regular Forrest Gump, or going “down Sound” in his boat to go fishing, most times coming home empty-handed, but loving it! He put up with his wife’s vast array of critters and became best buds with their goat George. Russ’s long life was always accompanied by a long succession of dogs, mostly Labs. Russ had a wonderful sense of humor and could find laughter in almost any situation.
His diagnosis of dementia slowed his interest in life quite a bit, which was excruciating for him. He spent the last seven months at Birch Bay Village’s Safe Harbor. He finally had had enough of the tormenting effects of the disease and left us on Aug. 13, 2021, with Marty beside him.
Kudos to all of the devoted and compassionate caregivers at Safe Harbor, who gave him many moments of joy and song, and to the caring nurses from Beacon Hospice who helped him through his last days.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Martha “Marty” (Wheatland) Lunt; his four children: David Lunt and his wife, Sharon, Theresa Pepin and her husband, Rudy, Wendy Scammon and her husband, Rob, and Bill Lunt and his wife, Paula. Also the mother of his four children, Priscilla “Andy” (Smith) Bartlett. Seven grandchildren: Desiree, Christopher, Andrea, Jenna, Russ, Jake and Nick. Also three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his two older brothers, Melvin and Donald.
At his request, there will be no funeral. There will be a private service for him at a later date.