|Russell Gustafson, 76|
|Written by TRF Times|
Plummer - Russell “Gufty” Gustafson, 76, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Red Lake Falls.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 16, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, with Pastor Gwenn Bazajou officiating. Interment will be held at the Community Cemetery in St. Hilaire.
Russell Arthur Gustafson was born March 23, 1929, in Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Carl and Agnes (Swanson) Gustafson. He was baptized October 30, 1930 and on September 27, 1942, he was confirmed at Evangelical Mission Covenant Church in St. Hilaire. He grew up and attended school in Plummer. He worked construction before his marriage.
On November 7, 1953, Russell was united in marriage to Frances Ueland at Evangelical Mission Covenant Church, St. Hilaire. The couple bought Russell’s uncle Art Swanson’s farm in 1955. Russell continued construction work and the couple farmed, raising a variety of animals and then went into dairy farming until 1984. Russell also worked construction on the Plummer school. He worked for various farmers and for Zimpel Construction. He retired, enjoyed traveling and also worked as a camp host in Utah for six years.
Russell was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Plummer and served on the church building committee. He was a charter member of Plummer Lion’s Club. He enjoyed visiting, woodworking, water-skiing, dancing, bicycling, chasing cows and traveling. He loved chocolate cake and especially his family and friends.
Survivors include children, Rick (special friend, Janice) of Bottineau, N.D., Cathy (John) Zimpel of Plummer, Kyle (Lynette) of Greenbush and Jodi (Nate) Anderson of Thief River Falls; seven grandchildren; mother of his children, Frances Skadsem of Thief River Falls; brothers, Merle (Carol) of St. Hilaire and Raymond (Jeanne) of St. Cloud; special friend, Bette Helland of Duluth; and 11 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents. A00003B2005AR20