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Justin Gustafson

Visitation:
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Stark-Welin Funeral Directors
609 7th Street
PO Box 505
Boone, IA 50036-0505

Visitation:
Thursday, September 7, 2006
8:00 AM until 11:30 AM
Stark-Welin Funeral Directors
609 7th Street
PO Box 505
Boone, IA 50036-0505

Service:
Thursday, September 7, 2006
2:00 PM
Evangelical Free Church
1407 Kate Shelley Drive
Boone, IA 50036



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Justin Gustafson, age 100, formerly of 1728 Carroll St passed away at the Eastern Star Home in Boone, Iowa on Saturday, September 2, 2006. He had been a resident at the Eastern Star Home in Boone for the past 6 years.

He was born on March 28, 1906 in Halsingborg, Sweden, the son of Snickare Oskar and Alma (Karlsson) Gustafson. Justin, along with his parents and older siblings came to the United States and landed at Ellis Island, New York December 26, 1909. The family was sponsored by Oskar Gustafson’s sister and brother-in-law, Klaus and Matilda Anderson of Boone. The family became naturalized citizens in 1915.

Justin grew up in Boone and learned a love of music, especially the trumpet, during his high school years. After being encouraged and assisted by a Boone High custodian, he purchased his first trumpet from a downtown Boone jewelry store. He was a member of the one of the first organized bands at Boone High School. In the early 1930’s Justin helped form and lead the “The Boone Dutch Band” who loved to play their music just for fun on many of the local street corners in Boone and other nearby communities. He also was one of the first members of the Boone Municipal Band. He was involved in music in the Evangelical Free Church and there his love for music was combined with his love for his Lord Jesus Christ. In the church he was instrumental in forming and conducting a church orchestra in 1937 as well as taking on many other leadership responsibilities. He served as a deacon, church chairman, Sunday School superintendent, teacher, choir director and orchestra director. He became very involved in mission work in Logansport and Blairsburg, Iowa, leading the music, playing his trumpet, starting small musical groups in each location and sharing his love for Jesus.

On December 24, 1932 he married Ruth Rentschler in Fort Dodge, IA. He worked for the Fort Dodge Des Moines and Southern Railroad as an accountant until the rail line was sold 1954. He then worked for the Iowa D.O.T. as an accountant, Sandler Built Homes as a carpenter and lastly in maintenance at the Evangelical Free Church Home until retirement at age 75. After retirement he began collecting and repairing antiques, his favorites being Edison phonographs and old clocks. He also enjoyed playing hymns and marches on his player piano.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Oscar Gustafson, wife Ruth, brothers Ture and Carl, sisters Martha, Elin and Ethel, son-in-law Stanley Straughan, and several great grandchildren. Survivors include Marilyn Straughan of Huntsville, TX, David (Barra) Gustafson of Austin, TX, Jon (Dorothy) Gustafson and Sonja (Jerry) Steenlage of Boone, 13 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Thursday, afternoon, September 7, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church with Max Frazier, Jr officiating.

Following services, the body will be cremated with a private interment service for the family at a later date in Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, Iowa.

Friends may call at the Stark-Welin Chapel in Boone on Wednesday evening, September 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. when the casket will be taken to the Church where visitations will continue from 12:00 p.m. noon until the time of service.

The family will be present at the Stark-Welin Chapel on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to greet friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either Hidden Acres Christian Camp in Dayton, Iowa or the Boone Evangelical Free Church Overseas Missions program.

Stark-Welin Funeral Directors in Boone, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.



  
 

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