Gordon Reed Gustavson, 89, of Keokuk died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at River Hills Village in Keokuk.
He was born May 22, 1923, in Mendota, Ill., the son of Francis and Edna Masear Gustavson.On May 12, 1946, he was united in marriage to Helen Irene George in Athens, Ill. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Robert (Patty) Gustavson of Aurora, Colo., and Dan Gustavson of Keokuk; two daughters, Diane (Carl) Sparrow of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Peggy (Doug) Peterson of Keokuk; five grandchildren, Tamara Hoffstatter, Tim Hoffstatter, Wendy Croissant, Adam Sparrow and Tyler Peterson; several great-grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Eden of Morton, Ill., and Vera Rodell Edwards of Springfield, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Boggs of Princeton, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Larry George of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters-in-law, Betty Coy and Wanda George; and six brothers-in-law, Harry C. George, Gene Boggs, Jim Eden, Tom Edward, Lyle Coy and Harold Rodell.
Gordon graduated from Athens High School in Athens, with the Class of 1941.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in World War II.
Gordon was employed at H&H Vending in Keokuk for 25 years before his retirement in 1989.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk, American Legion Post No. 41 and served as a Sixth Ward City Councilman for many years.
Gordon enjoyed spending time with his family and was a faithful fan of his grandson?s sporting events.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk with Pastors John Raab and Remi Panlaqui officiating. Burial will be in Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to Keokuk Area Group Home or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com.