Carlton Gus Gustafson, 88 - February 19, 2014Carlton “Gus” Einar Gustafson, 88, of Altadena, CA, originally of Gothenburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at his he shared with his wife, Juliene, for 51 years.
A memorial and a celebration of life service will take place on March 22 at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena.
Gustafson was born at Gothenburg on Dec. 6, 1925, the second child of Einar and Vollga Gustafson. The son of a butcher, he was a brother to three siblings—older sister Charlotte Nutting and Paul and Don Gustafson.
In 1944, following graduating from Gothenburg High School, he was drafted to the United States Army and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. As part of Company F, 383rd Regiment 96th Infantry Division, he was wounded three times on Okinawa receiving the requisite three Purple Hearts as well as a Bronze Star for his effort in taking Conical Hill.
After the war, Gustafson attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1950. He loved to write and was editor of the Curtis Enterprise newspaper. He relocated to California in 1956, where he worked in insurance before joining Fred Stoffel Associates selling specialty advertising and eventually becoming owner. He retired in 2001.
In 1962, he married Juliene Westerberg, originally of Fergus Falls, MN.
?Gustafson was a longtime member of the University Club of Pasadena and a Rotarian for over 60 years.
?He was a lover and champion of wine, leading several group trips to Napa and Sonoma as well as France’s Loire Valley and traveling extensively to Europe, South America and Asia. He also loved sports and was a lifelong fan of Nebraska football and the Cincinnati Reds.
Gustafson was the family historian transforming his love of writing in commemorating the lives of relatives and friends alike. Most importantly, he was a loving father and husband, a man with a legacy and generous beyond his means, according to family members.
Survivors include: his wife, Juliene; a daughter, Ann; son-in-law, Tony; and granddaughters—Clarice and Emilia of Altadena; a son, John; daughter-in-law, Bethany; and granddaughter, Phoebe of Santa Monica; a brother, Don of Omaha.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the City of Hope, 1500 East Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010-3000.