Walnut: - Floyd D. Gustafson, of 119 Rodney Ave., Walnut, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with Rev. Pearle Lange, pastor of the First Christian Church, Walnut, officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be from 47- p.m. Tuesday, at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. A memorial has been established to Walnut Fire Department and Rescue Unit.

Mr. Gustafson was born on Sept. 1, 1910, in Fenton, the son of Carl and Florence (Griffin) Gustafson. He married Marjorie "Ted" Langford on Feb. 26, 1936, in Wheaton. She survives. He and his wife started Floyd Gustafson Trucking in 1939. In 1954 they added Walnut RediMix to their trucking business. He served on the Walnut Fire Department for many years and served on the Walnut Village Board from 1955-1975 as head of Walnut Cemetery Committee. He was a charter member of the Walnut Chamber of Commerce and one of the original investors in the Walnut Peerless Level Factory. He helped organize "The Pony Express" which 18 horsemen alternated riding horses 150 miles from the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield to Walnut, carrying the mail for Walnut's Centennial Celebration. In 1992, he was honored as "Community Builder's" Award by the Mason's and was inducted to the Walnut Chamber Hall of Fame in 1997. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Jo (Dr. James W.) Hopkins of Des Moines, Iowa; a son, Donald Lee (Marilyn) Gustafson of Reno, Nev.; a brother Carl Gustafson of Sterling; three sisters, Elaine Curtis of Claremore, Okla., Betty Christiansen of Front Royal, Va., and Alberta Peach of Princeton; four grandchildren; a great grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, December 30, 1999, submitted by Melva L. Taylor) 




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