Life of Popular Young Man Taken -

Succumbs at Princeton Hospital Nov. 24: Had Been Seriously Ill Since August

The community was deeply saddened by the death of Lowell Gustafson, 20, on Thanksgiving evening, November 24, at the Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, where he had been a patient for two weeks. He would have been 21 years of age on November 16th. He had been seriously ill since August with a kidney infection. Lowell was certainly a wonderful patient, never complaining and bore his illness with great fortitude and patience.

Lowell Arthur Gustafson, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gustafson, was born November 26, 1928, on a farm near Walnut. He attended the Walnut schools and was graduated from Walnut Community High School in 1947, where he starred as a member of the Blue Raider football team. Since graduation he has been employed by his brother Floyd, with the Gustafson trucking line.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his parents; four sisters, Mrs. Paul (Elaine) Curtis, Anchor, Ill.; Mrs. Jack (Virginia) Pope, Tampico; Mrs. Leo (Betty) Christensen, Walnut; and Alberta, at home; four brothers, Floyd, Carl Jr., Kenneth, all of Walnut; and Raymond of Yorktown; his fiance, Miss Barbara Dahl of Walnut; also 11 nieces and nephews. One brother Russell, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 27th at 2:30 p.m. from the Christian Church with the pastor, Rev. E. V. Hallock, officiating. Hymns were sung by John Foss Jr., with his wife as accompanist. The casket attendants were Donald Brandenburg, Lyle Schrader, Marvin Carpenter, Lee Ganschow, Glenn Gonigam and Leslie Schoff. Those who assisted with the great profusion of floral tributes were Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ganschow, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Ganschow and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Wolfe. Burial was made in the Walnut Cemetery.

Among those attending the services from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hunter, Mrs. Cora Hunter, Tampico; Mrs. Velma Richardson, Mrs. Don Hunter, Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. M. Eberhardt, Rock Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Armour Whitver, Burlington, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Burns, Mrs. Lulu Burns and daughter Mae, Manchester, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. August Gustafson, Mr. and Mrs. Myron Gustafson, Princeton; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Giltner and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Brandt, Tiskilwa.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, November 29, 1949, submitted by Melva L. Taylor) 




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