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Franklin A. Lundak, 76

December 15, 2010
Traer Star-Clipper

Franklin A. Lundak, 76 of Traer died Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the home of his daughter in Urbandale of cancer. Services were held Tuesday, December 14 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Traer with burial at Buckingham Cemetery.

Franklin Arthur Lundak was born in Vining, September 26, 1934, to Arthur and Louise (Podhajsky) Lundak. Frank's love of music started at the age of 10 when he received his first accordion. In 1951, he began playing for various dance bands that traveled throughout the Midwest. He graduated from Traer High School in 1953. In 1958, while employed by the Music Corner in Waterloo, he began his piano tuning career as an apprentice; a career which lasted 52 years. As a Registered Piano Technician, he worked with Liberace, Lorie Line, Henry Mancini, Itack Perlman, Glen Miller and Simon Estes. He tuned for the Artist Series of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony; Waterloo Concert Series, the University of Northern Iowa and the Wartburg College Artist Series. He has been a Certified Tuning Examiner since 1981. His love of music and Czech heritage inspired him to arrange old time polka music for the Polka Windup Band which produced 2 albums and performed throughout the Midwest from 1973 to 1983. He built 3- 5 row diatonic button box accordions and also developed a method book that was widely used. His past and present memberships include, Piano Technicians Guild, American Federation of Musicians, Traer Jaycees, President of Traer Country Club, Waterloo Elks Club and Iowa Accordion Teachers. Frank's death came at the home of his daughter in Urbandale on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the age of 76 years. He is survived by his four loving daughters; Gayle Lundak of Grimes, Dawn Nunnikhoven (Alvin) of Cedar Rapids, Diane Johansen (Craig) of Urbandale and Robin Davis (Chuck) of Urbandale; 6 grandchildren Nicole, Drew, Casey, Bailey, Kassi and Myles, and friend Arlis Childs of Traer. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Harry.

A Memorial Fund is being established.

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