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Floyd L. Gulso

Floyd L. Gulso, age 62, of Black River Falls, Wis., formerly of Dassel, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at his home under the care of Black River Hospice, due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

He was born March 29, 1946, in Hutchinson, the son of Richard and Ruby (Arnleend) Gulso.

Floyd was raised in Dassel, and later moved to Caledonia, Minn. While growing up, Floyd spent summers at the family farm in Dassel.

He graduated from Caledonia High School and Winona State University, later earning his master’s degree from Winona State.

Floyd married Rhoda Galstad July 19, 1970, at First Lutheran Church, Blair, Wis. The couple first lived in rural Alma Center, Wis., before settling in Black River Falls.

Floyd was employed as a math teacher at Taylor High School for 13 years. For the 20 years preceding his retirement in 2001, he was a math instructor at Western Wisconsin Technical College (now Western Technical College).

He was a member of the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jackson County Challenges, and the Lunda Center Swimmers.

Floyd enjoyed the outdoors, all types of hunting, gardening, and watching and feeding birds. He had the pleasure of bagging a trophy elk, and had gone on a caribou hunt. His Alaskan fishing trip with his son, John, was very special to him. He was very fond of hunting and spending time at the Everett and Alice Larkin farm, and also enjoyed having coffee and visiting with his friends.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Rhoda; son John (Laura) Gulso of Black River Falls, Wis.; daughter Ann (Josh) Schram of Elk Mound, Wis.; two brothers, George (Arlene) Gulso of Mound, and Harold (Shauna) Gulso of Bountiful, Utah; two brothers-in-law, Dohn Galstad of Blair, Wis., and Terry (Kathy) Galstad of Burlington, Wis.; five nieces; and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Ruby Gulso; an infant brother; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Janet Galstad.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at Buswell Funeral Home in Black River Falls, Wis., with Chaplain Kevin Newell officiating. Visitation was Friday, Aug. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and continued Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Buswell Funeral Home of Black River Falls, Wis. handled the arrangements. Memorials may be given to Black River Hospice or Jackson County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. Online condolences are available at www.buswellfuneralhome.net.