Mr. Raeburn C. "Gus" Gustafson, 91, of Low Moor, Iowa, died peacefully Christmas afternoon, Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Raeburn Charles Gustafson was born February 2, 1928, in Rock Island, Illinois, to the late H. Martin and Mabel (Johnson) Gustafson. He graduated from high school in Galva, Illinois. Gus served in the Navy during World War II in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea on the USS Noa. He was honorably discharged as a Seaman 1st Class on December 12, 1947. Following service, Gus worked as a hired man for area farmers and drove grain truck. On August 26, 1951, he married Elta Roseland at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church. The couple resided in various places in Clinton County until settling in Low Moor where they raised their sons. Gus was employed by Ralston Purina in Clinton until retirement in 1991. His wife preceded him in death on May 3, 2008.
Gus was a longtime member of Elvira Zion Lutheran Church where he was a member of the Church Council. He was also a member of the Miles American Legion Post #677, a lifelong member of the DeWitt VFW Post 8883 where he served as Past Commander, a member of the NRA and Second Amendment Task Force. He enjoyed hunting, collecting toy tractors and horses, doing yard work, traveling, and going for drives, taking in the sights and noting the Iowa crops.
Surviving are sons, Dean (Stephanie) Gustafson of Camanche and Keith (Brenda) Gustafson of DeWitt; grandsons, Micah (Elizabeth) Gustafson and Caleb Gustafson; a sister, Agnes Roseland of DeWitt and a brother, Kenneth "Pete" (Carlene) Gustafson of Moline, Illinois.
Also preceding Gus in death were a brother, Orville Gustafson and a sister, Lois Curry.
The family will receive friends at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 29, 2019. A Service of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 30, 2019, at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating. Burial and Military Rites will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to Elvira Zion Lutheran Church.
Pallbearers will be Allen Roseland, Gary Roseland, Leon Roseland, George Prosser, Patrick Burke and Joel Block. Honorary pallbearers will be Micah Gustafson, Caleb Gustafson, Larry Curry, Mike Burke and Roger Kaufman.
The family extends their most sincere appreciation to the staff of Clarrisa C. Cook Hospice House for the wonderful loving care provided to Gus.
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