THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
John W. Gustafson
Issue Date: April 24, 2014
John William Gustafson, 78, of Menominee, Mi., passed away with family by his side on Tuesday, April 15 at Bay Area Medical Center.
Born July 6, 1935 at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Ill., to Clinton and Pearl (Deschaine) Gustafson, he joined the United States Air Force on March 19, 1953 during the Korean War until his discharge on July 23, 1956. On May 18, 1957, he married Mary Lou Dionne at St. Anns Catholic Church in Menominee, Mi. He worked at Giddings & Lewis as a Core Maker for 32 years, retiring in 1998.
He was passionate about serving his country, loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, enjoyed taking his dog Buffy for rides on his electric chair through the trailer court and collecting cars.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of 56 years; two daughters, Cynthia (Skip) Renier, of Green Bay and Cheryl (Terry) Poquette, of Menominee, Mi.; three sons, John (Ardie) Gustafson and Tim Gustafson, both of Marinette, and Tim (Mary Lesjack) Dionne, of Menominee, Mi.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Bonnie Arsineau, of Menominee, Mi. and many nieces; nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cathy Gustafson and a sister, Donna Bouquet.
Private services were held. Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family.