To the Antigo Journal:
During the last six months several prominent, well respected Antigo area citizens have passed away. They include Dr. Donald Gibson who died on Nov. 1, 2019; Antigo Daily Journal editor Fred Berner, who died at his desk a short time later, and more recently Robert Rice and Gene Kamps.
Now we mourn the death of Dick Lund, another great man who passed away May 8.
As noted in his obituary, he did much for the community and was a popular guy.
While basketball records are of little importance at this time, they are part of Dick’s legacy and deserve mention.
Dick Lund was a basketball star at White Lake High School in the mid 1940s. At that time Antigo played White Lake a few times and the Lakers were a tough opponent for the Red Robins and Dick was part of the reason.
Dick was a successful head basketball coach at Antigo from 1955 through 1961. His first team won the Northern Wisconsin League title during the breakup of the Wisconsin Valley Conference.
His teams complied an impressive 40-19 record in conference play, finishing near the top of the league standings in the last four years he coached. He barely missed two Valley championships and a state tournament berth.
A pair of one-point defeats to Wisconsin Rapids in 1960-61 ruined another championship bid.
But Dick’s team set a new Antigo school scoring record that season with 1,508 points, an average of 65.5 points per game. A single game record of 86 points was established during his tenure.
His overall record while coaching the Robins was 69-40.
In later years, Dick and his wife, Bette, enjoyed watching their sons, Jeff and John, excel on the gridiron and basketball court. Like their father, they were outstanding athletes.
We will miss Dick.