James Richard Gustafson, 82, of Fergus Falls, died Thursday, September 12, 2013, at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.
A Remembrance prayer service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in the fireside room at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Mankato Mortuary is handling local arrangements. A memorial service in Fergus Falls and burial in Fort Snelling were previously held.
Memorials are preferred to a Veterans Service Organization or to donor's choice.
He was born in 1929 in North Dakota, the son of Martin Andrew & Borghild (Evenson) Gustafson. Jim joined the US Army in October of 1950. While in the service he was stationed at Camp Cook, Ca., Japan, Korea and Germany, and was discharged in November of 1954. Jim lived in California for many years before moving to MN in 1996. For several years he resided in Mankato and lived at Cedar Haven. While in Mankato he belonged to the VFW, AA, the Evangelical Covenant Church, and was a former member of Calvary Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodworking and dancing.
Jim is survived by a son, Steven Gustafson, daughter, Sonja (Jerry) Hart, all of Las Vegas NV, and daughter Susan Fish of White Bear Lake and their families; one sister, Phyllis "Rosemary" Finneman of NE, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by parents, two wives, and eight siblings.