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In Memory of

James E. Gustafson

March 26, 1944 - February 16, 2014

Obituary


James E. Gustafson Sr., age 69, of Hayward, WI passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his home in Northwoods Beach.

James Edward was born March 26, 1944 in Chicago, IL the son of LeRoy and Ester (Anderson) Gustafson. He was raised in the Chicago area and at the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for over three years. On January 25, 1965, Jim was honorably discharged and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his participation in the...

James E. Gustafson Sr., age 69, of Hayward, WI passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his home in Northwoods Beach.

James Edward was born March 26, 1944 in Chicago, IL the son of LeRoy and Ester (Anderson) Gustafson. He was raised in the Chicago area and at the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for over three years. On January 25, 1965, Jim was honorably discharged and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his participation in the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his time in the service Jim moved back to Carpentersville, IL where he worked in auto repair with his father and then as maintenance supervisor for Rollex Siding. Jim then took a job for St. Walters Catholic Diocese in Streamwood, IL. In 1992, Jim retired and moved to Hayward, WI where he enjoyed fishing on round lake, camping and going on motorcycle rides. He was joined in marriage to Mary L. Larson on September 2nd, 1994 in Hayward. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church. Jim was an outgoing personality that loved spending time talking with family and friends.

Jim is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary; four children, James Gustafson Jr. of Racine, WI, Sandra Gustafson of Hayward, Rick (Leslie) Gustafson of South Elgin, IL, Tina Gustafson of Hayward; two step-children, Tammy Kurtz of Aurora, IL, Tracey Collins of Hayward; six grandchildren; one step-grandson; two great grandchildren; one step-great grandson; one brother, Robert (Sharon) Gustafson of Schaumburg, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In the spring there will be a burial service for Jim at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Disabled American Veterans, VARO Room 162, 5400 West National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214.

Online condolences may be left at www.andersonnathan.com.
arrangements under the direction of Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel Funeral Home, Hayward, Wisconsin.