Services for James Gustafson
Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:43pm admin
Remembering the Life of James (“Gus”) Gustafson
James Paul Gustafson, 68, of Clearbrook, MN, peacefully passed away with Mary by his side listening to his favorite songs, on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center, Bemidji, MN.
Jim was born on November 25, 1950, to Paul Gust and Anna (Halberg) Gustafson in Bemidji, MN. He spent the early years of his life growing up in the Alida area. Jim first attended school at the Alida Country School, then at the Bagley, Hallock, and Clearbrook Schools. After graduating from Clearbrook High School in 1968, Jim continued his education at Moorhead State University and Bemidji State University.
Jim worked various jobs – from logging in Oregon and Red Lake, to pipelining and construction with Hanse Construction. Jim married Mary Noaeill on August 19, 1977. Residing in Clearbrook, they raised three sons: Yashua, Cedrik, and Paul. In March of 1979, Jim teamed up with his good friend, Jim Goudge, to start a concrete construction company. Their attitude was, “What have we got to lose?” As neither one of them barely had a dollar in their pocket. The company was named Gustafson & Goudge, Inc. The first years of this venture were a struggle. Fortunately, with the contribution of many truly valued employees, the company grew into a successful business.
Jim was a true outdoors man. If he wasn't in the office working, you could find him outdoors either hiking, golfing, fishing, tree planting, or cross-country skiing. In the fall you could find Gus out clearing trails in preparation for deer hunting at Sinclair Hilton with a group of unique friends. On his daily outings, you would see him in his pickup with his faithful dog on the seat next to him.
Jim’s family was very important to him. He and Mary celebrated 42 years of marriage together. Some of his favorite moments were when the family was all together. He adored his grandchildren and made a point to tell them what good children they were. They were so loved by him. His love extended to the numerous nephews and nieces that came to visit. Cross country ski trips to the hunting shack were very common every winter, as was fishing in summer. And let’s not forget, his precious Gophers. Jim was a great Gopher football and basketball fan. He enjoyed watching and cheering on the Gophers with his sons, grandkids, and friends. If the Gophers won, it was definitely a red letter day.
Jim is survived by his wife Mary Gustafson (Clearbrook). His sons, Yashua Gustafson of Long Lake, MN, Cedrik (Vanessa) Gustafson of Clearbrook, MN, Paul (Megan) Gustafson of Clearbrook, MN. His grandchildren, Lania, Riley, Gavin, Quincy, Parr, Brody, Kye and Stella Gustafson. Sisters, Gloria Beckstrand of Bagley, MN and Helen Fredrickson of Bemidji, MN. Numerous brother and sister in laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul Gust and Anna Gustafson; Uncle Lawrence Halberg; Sister Lila Hanse; brother in laws Bob Hanse, Roger Beckstrand, Peter Fredrickson, and Steve Scholz; mother and father in law Bill and Rita Noaeill.
Memorial service to be held 2 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Good Shephard Lutheran Church, in Clearbrook, MN. Visitation and prayer service will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019, at Good Shepard Lutheran Church.