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The following appeared in the Sept. 1963 Kiron Weekly News:

Funeral Services Held for Ernest E. Gustafson

Ernest E. Gustafson, son of Mr and Mrs Carl Gustafson, was born May 6, 1903 near Arthur, Iowa.
When he was a small child his parents and family moved to the Kiron area where he attended school and grew to manhood.
He was married to Miss Mabel Clauson June 2nd 1934 at Kiron, Iowa. They made their home on a farm near Kiron and to this union were born four children, Dennis, Glenn, Nancy and Nelda.
Ernest was taken ill on September 8, and entered the Crawford County Memorial Hospital and was transferred to the Clarkson Hospital at Omaha on September 10th. He passed away following major surgery on September 18th, 1963.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister LaVerne.
He is survived by his wife Mabel, two sons, Dennis of Deloit, Glenn of Anderson, Indiana, two daughters, Nancy of Cokato, Minnesota and Nelda at home, one grandchild (Alan), two brothers, Vernal and Willard of Kiron, two sisters, Mamie, Mrs. Ernest Carlson of Albert City, Iowa and Florence, Mrs Lloyd Johnson of Pomeroy. Many Nieces and Nephews and a host of friends. He was a faithful member of the Kiron Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. from the Kiron Baptist church. Rev. A. Freeburg officiating. Wayne Lindskoog sang "Gods Word and Promise." Mrs. Ferne Wilson was at the piano.
Pallbearers were: Elmer Anderson, Emer Gustafson, Oscar Lindberg, Lowell Clauson, Robert Gustafson and Edwin Turin. (Ed.note: All were Dad's first cousins.)
Interment was in the Kiron Cemetery.

Also this article appeared:
Relatives from a Distance Attend Gustafson Funeral
Relatives from a distance attending funeral services for Ernest Gustafson Saturday, the 21st at the Kiron Baptist church were:
Mr and Mrs Gust Olson, Mr and Mrs Art Carlson, Mr and Mrs Oscar Lundberg, Mrs James Barker, Mr Fred Gehrt and Mr and Mrs Lloyd Johnson and Arlys from Pomeroy; Mr and Mrs Oscar Anderson, Mr and Mrs Walter Anderson and Mr and Mrs Curtis Anderson form Pocahontas, Mr and Mrs Edwin Axelson, Mr and Mrs Anton Anderson, Mrs Geneva Martin and Mr and Mrs Oscar Benson from Alta; Mr and Mrs Ernest Carlson and Mr and Mrs Gerald Carlson from Albert City; Mr and Mrs Bruce Paulson and family from Madelia, Minn; Gayle Johnson from Mankato, Minn; Mr and Mrs Evan Anderson, Mr and Mrs Virgil Anderson, Mrs Emil Anderson and Mr and Mrs Carson Hansen from Vail; Mr Lester Anderson, Mr and Mrs Irving Carlson, Mr and Mrs Vernal Anderson and Mr and Mrs Hugo Anderson from Marathon; Mr and Mrs Lloyd Nelson from Sloan; Mr and Mrs Dwight Coleman, Spencer; Mr and Mrs John Naslund, Glenwood; Mr and Mrs Eldon Clauson, St. Paul; Mrs Dwayne Moline and family, Ankeny; Florence Winquist from Minneapolis; Mr and Mrs Donald Benson, Mr and Mrs Elmer Benson and Mrs Harry Martin from Minneapolis; Lowell Clauson from Atlantic and others from neighboring towns.
(Ed.Note: Over 370 relatives and friends signed the guest book.)

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