Russell Verdi Amundson was born June 12, 1921 in Pembina County, N.D., the son of Arthur O. and Mabel (Molden) Amundson. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed into the Christian faith June 14, 1936 at Big Bend Lutheran Church. He grew up in rural Big Bend and attended country school. He graduated from Appleton High School and went on to attend welding school in Shakopee. Russell served his country in the United States Army from 1942 - 1945, during World War II, as a Tech 4 Welder.
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