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October 31, 2016 West Seattle resident Russell Lundwall prepares for 100th birthday
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By Lindsay Peyton

West Seattle resident Russell Lundwall is not one to argue with the old adage, “Behind every great man is a great woman.”

In fact, when revealing his secret to a long and happy life, the 99-year old credits three women.

“When people ask how I’ve stuck around this long, I tell them, ‘My mother, my wife and my daughter -- who were all extra special,’” he said.

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Lundwall most likely inherited his spunk from his mother, who was born in Norway in 1887.

“She went to high school when women didn’t go to high school and worked when women didn’t work,” Lundwall said. “She was way ahead of the times.”

His mother moved to Minnesota with her first husband and ran a boarding house for miners in Chisholm. She then divorced and remarried Lundwall’s father, who was a policeman for U.S. Steel Company.

Lundwall was born on Nov. 4, 1916 when iron ore was king in Minnesota. He remembers the cold winters of his childhood, even one so brutal that the hard-working furnace couldn’t keep up and broke.

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