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Kenneth George Gustafson

Kenneth George Gustafson, 73, Kingston, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud.

Services were conducted on Nov. 21 at the Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Music was by Harvey Peterson, organist, and Brian Gustafson, soloist. Interment was at Lake Arvilla Cemetery, rural Dassel.

Honorary casket bearers were his grandchildren. Casket bearers were Steven Rumsey, Gary Weirauch, Randy Paulson, Matt Gustafson, Ron Carlson, Kevin Albers, Brian Hermes and Bret Leukuma.

Kenneth George Gustafson was born Oct. 26, 1932, to Hjalmar and Mabel (Johnson) Gustafson on a farm south of Dassel. He grew up in the Dassel area and attend schools there.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 4, 1953, and served in the Korean Conflict until his discharge on Dec. 8, 1954. He was a member of the Johnson-Kelly American Legion Post in Kingston.

He married Janet Leukuma on Sept. 20, 1957, at the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church parsonage, Cokato. They resided in the Dassel and Kingston areas where he farmed.

He served on the military firing squad for funeral burials for many years.

He enjoyed collecting toy tractors, attending auctions, watching westerns movies and his children play sports.

Survivors include his wife of Kingston; children, Mike (Christina) of Kimball, Jamie of Hutchinson, Tim (Kelly), Belinda (Mike) Holmquist, and Brenda (Brian) Lee, all of Cokato; grandchildren, Jeff Holmquist, Brent Holmquist, Rebecca Gustafson, Katie Gustafson, Danny Gustafson, Megan Gustafson, MaKayla Gustafson, MacKenzie Gustafson, Nicolas Gustafson, Madaline Gustafson, Emma Gustafson, Ethan Gustafson, Kris Lee, Jaxon Gustafson; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Pat) of Indiana; and sisters, Joyce Johnson of Hutchinson, Shirley (Kenneth) Paulson of Dassel, and Margene Vap of Oklahoma City, Okla.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, his parents; brothers, Dennis, and infant brothers, Ronald and Marlin; and sisters, Darlene Rumsey and Betty Weirauch.

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