Tampico: - Raymond A. Gustafson, 63, Rt. 1, Tampico, died Thursday evening in University Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 1 p.m. in the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with Kenyon Ackeberg, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. Masonic services will be at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday by the Hooppole Masonic Lodge 886 AF & AM. Memorial may be made to the Tampico Church of Christ, the Tampico Rescue Unit Jaws of Life, or the Hooppole Masonic Lodge.

Raymond Gustafson was born on March 19, 1921 in Tiskilwa, the son of Carl A. and Florence Griffin Gustafson. On Feb. 14, 1943 he married Dorothy Vetter in Hooppole. He was a self-employed trucker for 21 years in the Tampico area and farmed the last 20 years near Tampico. He was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ, Hooppole Masonic Lodge 886 AF & AM, Moline Consistory, and served the Tampico Volunteer Fire Department, retiring after 24 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy, Tampico; two daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Thompson, Walnut and Mrs. Jeff (Elaine) Forward, Tampico; two sons, Neil, Tampico and Kirk, at home; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd Gustafson, Walnut and Carl Gustafson, Sterling; four sisters, Mrs. Paul (Elaine) Curtis, Claremore, Okla., Mrs. Jack (Virginia) Pope, Sterling, Mrs. Lyle (Alberta) Peach, Princeton and Mrs. Leo (Betty) Christensen, Front Royal, Va.

Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, December 4, 1984 - Saturday, submitted by Melva L. Taylor) 




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