Campinas, Brazil - Lynn Jerome Stenseth of Campinas, Brazil passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the age of 92.
Lynn was born on April 18, 1920 in Thief River Falls. Growing up on the family farm, he learned to fix cars, trucks, tractors and had a knack for all things mechanical. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was an aircraft mechanic. After the war, Lynn moved to California, where he was a flight engineer for American Airlines. Lynn met Grace Welin of Roseau, and they married in 1949 and had a loving marriage until her death in 1984; the family lived in the San Francisco area of California and for a time in Danbury, Conn. Lynn logged more than 35,000 flight hours with American Airlines and in 1956 saved a DC-6 by solving a fuel problem that shutdown all four engines in flight.
In 1961, Lynn showed courage when his Boeing 707 landed long in a storm and skidded into the harbor off Boston’s Logan Airport; Lynn stayed aboard the partially submerged aircraft until the last passenger was safe.
Lynn married Laura Maria dosSantos Melo of Brazil in March 1986, and they lived in Connecticut until he retired in 1988. They lived in Bonita Springs, Fla., for many years until they moved to Campinas in 2001. They enjoyed 28 years together.
Lynn loved to travel and explore new places. He had a great love of nature and he and his family loved to go camping in Yosemite and other national parks. One of his favorite things was to have a “cool one” with his brothers at the VFW in Thief River Falls. Two of his favorite songs that he often played on a piano were “Shall We Gather at the River” and “Remember the Red River Valley.” He was a wise, kind, loving man who was devoted to his family, and he will be greatly missed.
Lynn is survived by his wife Laura, stepchildren Suzi (Helio) Melo of Campinas and Cicero Melo of Newark, N.J.; and five stepgrandchildren. He is also survived by his two children Mary Ann (Mike) Briggs of Vicksburg, Miss., and Bill (Cindy) Stenseth of Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandchildren, Kristi (Aaron) Cueto of Chicago, Ill., Kimberly Stenseth of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kyle Stenseth of Albuquerque, N.M.; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Renee Cueto. Lynn is also survived by his brother Maurice (Helen) Stenseth of Thief River Falls and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents Ludwig and Tina Stenseth of Thief River Falls; five brothers Theodore, Arthur, Lewis, John, and Melvin; and four sisters Lilly Haines, Edith Hinman, Signe Green, Anne Hoel and Ruth Leader.
Memorials may be made to the VFW in Thief River Falls. A00003B2013AP10