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Lyle Elmer Gustafson

Lyle E. Gustafson, 82, of Blackduck, died Friday, January 25, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, MN.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Blackduck with Rev. John Yingling officiating Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck. Cease Funeral Home of Blackduck assisted the family with arrangements.

Lyle was born on January 21, 1931 in Obrien Township, Minnesota, the son of Elmer Simon and Caroline Mae (Hendrickson) Gustafson. He attended the Obrien School, Beltrami District #31, and graduated from Blackduck High School in 1947. He entered the US Army in 1953 and served stateside during the Korean Conflict, and was honorably discharged in 1955. He married Marie Smykal on March 30, 1957 in Bemidji, MN. They took over the family farm in Obrien Township, raised 4 children there, and ran the dairy farm for 32 years. He was a fire warden for many years, served several years on the Blackduck School Board, the Obrien Township Board, and local Co-op boards. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Blackduck and served as an elder. He enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Marie of Blackduck; his daughter, Sandra (Dwight) Kalvig of Blackduck; 2 sons, Eric (Rosemary) Gustafson and Karl (Karen) Gustafson, both of Nebish, MN; 7 grandchildren, Kathryn and Emilie Kalvig, & Ana, Derek, Theresa, Isaac, and Jonah Gustafson; 2 brothers, Argylle (Lynne) Gustafson of Spring, Texas and Donald (Cheryl) Gustafson of Burbank, California; 1 sister, Beth (Nick) Vitale of Vasilia, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathryn Ann Gustafson-Coe; his parents; and 3 sisters, Joyce Miller, Fern Dahlen, and Ethel Benson.

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