The following obituary was published in the Odebolt Chronicle
on July 2, 1981:
Services for E. C. (Elving) Gustafson, 66, of Lemmon, SD, retired
Production Credit Association executive, were held at 2 p.m. on
Tuesday, June 9, 1981 in Calvary Lutheran Church by the Rev. John
Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery under the direction of Evanson-Jensen
Gustafson died early Friday morning at Five Counties Hospital
in Lemmon following a long illness.
He was born May 9, 1915, at Odebolt, where he grew up and graduated
from Odebolt High School in 1933.
In 1935 he began his career with the Farm Credit System in Storm
Lake. In December 1937 he moved to Lemmon, SD to work from the
Belle Fourche-Lemmon Production Credit Association. He was assistant
manager of the local PCA until November 1, 1958, when he was elected
manager. He retired in 1980. During his tenure Gustafson supervised
construction of new PCA offices in Belle Fourche, Lemmon and Timber
Lake. He served on many committees for the Omaha District of the
He married Virginia Ellis June 4, 1940, at Lemmon, SD. During
World War II he served with the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.
He was active in community as a charter member of the Lemmon Jaycees
and as a local and state officer. He was a charter member of the
board of the Lemmon Junior Livestock Show and was president for
many years. Gustafson held various offices in the Lemmon Country
Club. He was a member of the Lemmon Chamber of Commerce Agriculture
Committee and a two term director.
He served as trustee and president of the congregation of Calvary
Lutheran Church. He was president, secretary and a director of
the Lemmon Lions Club and served as zone chairman and deputy district
governor. Gustafson was Lemmon city auditor for 27 years.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia, Lemmon; one son, John Gustafson,
and a grandson, both of Ralston, NE; four brothers, Russell, Richard
and Arvid of Kiron, and Sidney of Grinnell; and a sister, Mrs.
Mildred Hoaglund of San Leandro, CA.
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