Memorial Service Held for Arthur F. Gustafson

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BATAVIA, IL (December 1, 2003)  – A memorial service was held at the  Evangelical Covenant Church of Batavia this morning for retired Covenant  minister Arthur F. Gustafson, who died last Wednesday at the Michealsen  Health Care Center at The Holmstad of Batavia.

Pastor Mark Nilson of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Batavia  officiated at Monday’s service, along with chaplain Larry Dieckman of  The Holmstad. Gustafson had moved to The Holmstad in 1994 after retiring  from 46 years of ministry.

Gustafson was born January 1, 1912 in Dayton, Iowa, then moved to  Chicago’s south suburb of Blue Island, where he graduated from high  school. After high school, he worked at First National Bank in Chicago  for 10 years before entering the U.S. Army Air Corp Special Unit in  1942. He served in the European Theatre and participated in the Normandy  invasion of France during World War II.

After serving in the military, he began studying at North Park College  in Chicago and eventually went to North Park Theological Seminary in  1948 – by then, he was serving as pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical  Covenant Church in Merrill, Wisconsin. He served at the church from May  1947 until retiring in January 1994.

Gustafson finished his seminary education at North Park in 1951 and  attended Chicago Divinity School from 1951-55. The Evangelical Covenant  Church ordained him at the 1953 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. While he  loved ministry, his war experience still had a profound impact on his  life as he logged more than 13,000 flying hours and enjoyed building  aircraft as well.

Along with his parents, Joseph and Anna Gustafson, Arthur Gustafson was  preceded in death by five sisters, Delia Peterson, Ruth Melin, Hilma  Winterfeldt, Helen Gustafson and Elsie Gustafson; and by three brothers,  John, Nels and Roy Gustafson. Several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and  grand nephews survive Gustafson.

Memorials are being earmarked for The Good Samaritan Fund at The  Holmstad. For more information, call The Holmstad at 630-879-4000.

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