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Christine Huber
Submitted by: Marjorie Grebner Welsch

Mrs. Huber Death Probe Tomorrow

Inquest into the death of Mrs. Christine HUBER, 70 years old, 109 Arago st., who died of injuries incurred when he was struck by an automobile March 25, will be opened at 9a.m. tomorrow.

Mrs. Huber died at 1:10 p.m. yesterday at Methodist hospital. She was crossing North University st., the night of March 25,  the Gale ave. cross-walk when she was struck by the southbound car operated by Mrs. Mildred SAAL, 405 Morton st.

Police said Mrs. SAAL was driving at a moderate rate of speed. The death of Mrs. HUBER brought to seven the toll of  automobile fatalities in the city since January 1.  A like number have died of injures incurred in accidents outside the city in the county.

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Obituary of Delores F. Piersall French Geater - Peoria Journal Star, February 12, 2003, Page: B05 [S. H. -2007]
MINERAL - Delores F. Geater, 74, of 119 Main died at 6:29 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Nov. 15, 1928, in Davenport, Iowa, to Forrest and Opal Piersall, she married Ray French on July 15, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa. He died June 30, 1981.
She later married Edward Geater in 1990. He died in April 1991.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Aaron French and Frank Eugene French; one grandson; and one sister.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas French of Edinburgh, Ind., and Frank French of Mineral; three daughters, Lorraine (and Art) Powell of Columbus, Ind., Ella (and Robert) Toland of Wyoming, Ill., and Kathleen French of Mineral; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; and one sister, Dorothy Steele of Davenport, Iowa.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Wyoming Funeral Home in Wyoming. 
The Rev. Delbert Howell will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in rural Wyoming.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or any charity.

Obituary of Philip H. Guinan - Peoria Journal Star, December 26, 1991, Page: C6 [Donated by the "Free of Free Genealogy"]

Philip H. Guinan, 78, of 2223 W. Heading Ave. died at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1991, at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Born July 29, 1913, in Petersburg to John J. and Ella Pfaffenbach Guinan, he married Margaret Josephine Quinn on Nov. 8, 1957, in Peoria.
She survives, along with one daughter, Mary Stevens of East Peoria; one brother, Walter J. of Peoria; three sisters, Mrs. George (Agnes) Fox of Peoria, Mrs. Howard (Margaret T.) Toland of Peoria Heights and Mrs. Ted (Clara) Plank of Muskegon, Mich.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister . He worked for 30 years at Caterpillar Inc., retiring from the Morton parts department in 1974. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Wilton Mortuary and at 10a.m. at his church, with Franciscan Fathers officiating. 
Visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery in Petersburg.

Peoria Heights Gazette, Saturday, May, 29, 2004, pg. 10

West Peoria- Beulah C. "Boots" Gardner, 71, of St. Joseph's Home died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2004 at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
She was born Jan. 16, 1933 in Peoria to Ralph and Ethel BOWMAN CHAMBERLAIN. 
Surviving are one daughter, Charlotte Swisher of Peoria Heights; three sons: Kenneth Mathews of Peoria Heights, Marvin Mathews of Dunlap and Billy Mathews of Superior Colo; seven grandchildren and one sister Betty Ehrlich of Peoria. She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
Services were May 23 at Woolsey-WIlton Funeral in Peoria. Cremation was accorded after services.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

Ona Garlish - February 02, 1997- Peoria Journal Star, P.C14
FARMINGTON - Ona E. Garlish, 85, of 334 E. Fulton St. died at 4:38 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. She was born Jan. 15, 1912, in Knox County to George F. and Margaret Flier Garlish. Surviving are three sisters, Mildred Garlish, Irene Major and Margaret Chatten, all of Farmington. She was a clerk at the Farmington Dry Goods Store, retiring in 1967. She was a member of Farmington Rebekah Lodge 155. She was a member of Farmington First United Presbyterian Church and its United Presbyterian Women. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. David Lindemer will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.
Donated by Londie Benson... ©Sept. 2000

Journal Star, Peoria, Friday, September 20, 1974

Fred GEICK, 76, Chicken Dinner Businessman, Dies
Services for Fred L. Geick, 76, of Mossville, owner of Geick's Chicken Dinners at Mossville from 1953 to 1972, will be at 10 am. tomorrow at Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. Robert Mushruch will officiate. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from 5 to 8 tonight. 

Mr. GEICK died at 7:40 am yesterday at Galena Park Nursing Home, where he was admitted March 11.
In addition to operating the chicken dinner business, he worked in the maintenance department at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 42 years.
Born in Peoria January 3, 1898, he was a son of John and Mary GEICK, and married Florence E. THIELBAR at Remington, Indiana, Oct. 31, 1918. She died in Peoria Nov. 12, 1972.
Mr. Geick has been a member of various Masonic organizations and was patron of Central City Chapter OES. He also had played in the SundayMorning Baseball League.
Surviving are three sons, Ernest, of Metamora, Orville E. or Aurora, and Larry L. of Mossville; none grandchildren; six great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ann Howarth of Los Angeles, California. He was preceded in death by a son and a brother. 
Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar

The Journal Star, Peoria, Tuesday, November 14, 1972

Mossville--Services for Mrs. Fred L. (Florence E.) GEICK, 74, a resident of Mossville the last 18 years, will be at 11:30 am tomorrow at Wilson Mortuary, Peoria. The Rev. M. L. Bischoff will officiate, and burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Peoria. Friends may call at the mortuary 6 to 9 pm today. 
Mrs. Geick died at 8:45 pm Sunday at Proctor Hospital, Peoria; where she had been a patient eight hours.
She was owner-operator of Geick's Chicken Dinners, formally located in West Peoria & Mossville about 25 years. Earlier, she was a bookkeeper for Willardson Construction Co. for 10 years. Mrs. Geick was a member of Central City Chapter, Order of Eastern Star,of which she was past worthy matron and secretary.
A resident of the area most of her life, she was born in Indiana April 5, 1898, a daughter of August and Caroline RIDER THIELBAR. She married Mr. Geick Oct. 31, 1918 at Remington, Indiana.
Surviving are her husband, three sons, Ernest E. of Germantown Hills,Orville E. of Aurora, Larry L. of Mossville; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert and Luther Thielbar and two sisters, Miss Grace Thielbar and Mrs. Helen Brooks, all of Peoria. A son, Jack, was killed in service during World War II. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Clara Barnhart and Mrs. Elsie Crouch.
Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar

Russell L. Gilpin - In the Peoria Journal Star May 15, 1986;
CUBA- Russell L. Gilpin, 75, of Cuba, died at 6:15 a.m. Thursday at the Nursing Center of Canton. Born, Nov. 15, 1910, in Fairview to Ezra and Mae Willard Gilpin, he married Idylean M. Peters on March 18, 1933, in Lewistown. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Earl E. of Cuba; two daughters, Shirley M. Halblom of Grand Prairie, Texas and Mrs. Janice Rynearson of Lewistown; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; three brothers, Harold D. of Canton, Mart of Trivoli and Howard of Richview. Two sisters preceded him in death. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of American Legion Post 931 and the Order of the Eastern Star, both of Cuba; and of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; Joseph Robbins Lodge 930, AF&AM; and Mohammed Temple, Shrine.Visitation will be from 6 – 8 tonight at Oaks Memorial Chapel in Canton, where Masonic services will be conducted at 7. Services will be there at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Martin Arnie officiating. Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery.
Submitted By: Lonndie Benson

Howard Gilpin
Peoria Journal Star June 25, 1986
Howard D. Gilpin, 68, formerly of Cuba, died at his home in Richview at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Born Sept 3, 1917, in Trivoli to Ezra and May Willard Gilpin, he married Betty Murphy Williams on Sept 2, 1962 in Cuba. An Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he worked as a coal miner for Freeman United Coal co. in du Quoin until retiring. He was president of the village of Richview, and a member of first Baptist Church at Beaucoup. He also was a member of Cuba American Legion, Cuba Masonic, past patron of Cuba Chapter Order of the Eastern Star; and a member of Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria, and Mohammed Temple, Shrine. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Charles D. of Miami, Fla., and Guy E. of Lewistown; one daughter, Mrs. Joy Thompson of Canton; one step-daughter, Miss Jan Williams of Cuba; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Mart of Trivoli and H. Dean of Canton. One son, one brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hukill-Henry Memorial Home, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30. Paul Lipe will officiate. Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery with military services at graveside. Memorials may be made to his church.
Submitted By: Lonndie Benson

Letha P. Gilpin
CANTON, June 3-
Miss Letha Pearl Gilpin, daughter of Mrs. Mae Gilpin, 364 park Court, died at 8:05 p.m. Thursday in the Graham hospital, where she had been a medical patient. She had been in ill health for several months. Miss Gilpin was born in Fulton county on August 21, 1906, a daughter of Ezra and Mae Williard Gilpin. There survive the mother; a sister, Mrs. Rae Lacey, Medford, Ore; and four brothers. Marton, Trivoli; Russell, Canton; Howard, Cuba and Dean, Macomb. Funeral services will be held at 2p.m. Monday at the Murphy memorial home with the Rev. A. L. Cain officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at the Murphy memorial home. 
Submitted By: Lonndie Benson

Peoria Journal Star, Sunday, March 29, 1954 - Henry GOLLER, 87, Retired Painter Dies
Henry Daniel Goller
, 87, life long Peoria resident and former prominent painter and decorator contractor here, died at 2:13 pm yesterday at his home, 109 Moss Avenue. He had been ill for about three weeks, but his death was unexpected.  Born in Peoria May 23, 1868, he was the son of Frederick and Fredericka Schelling Goller. His marriage was to Miss Elizabeth Ehlen in Peoria on January 1, 1891. She died here on March 1, 1935.
As active member of Forest Hill Methodist Church he was President of the board of Trustee at the time of his death and had also served the church in numerous other capacitites over the past years. He was a membe of Temple Lodge, No. 46 A.F. and A.M.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Loraine Feiselman, Mrs. Grace Hoffman and Mrs. Helen Smith all of Peoria, Mrs. Harriet Tammeus of Delavan,Illinois and two sisters Miss Hannah and Miss Minnie Goller, both of Peoria, eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Forest Hill Methodist Church at 2 pm Tuesday with the Rev. Walter Teasdale, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gauss Mortuary between 3 and 8 pm tomorrow. 
Submitted by: Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar

John W. GREEN 
Last rites for John W. GREEN, 307 Butler street, who died at his late residence Saturday at the age of 67, will be held at the Wilton mortuary chapel Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Rev R.E. Joop officicating. Interment will be in FonduLac cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel this evening. 

The deceased who was a retired shoemaker, was born in Washington, IL, March 21, 1861, the son of George and Minnie GREEN. He came to Peoria when a small child. His marriage to Miss Anna BRECKER took place in Peoria, December 11, 1884.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna GREEN; two sons, Cecil and Edward GREEN; one daughter, Mrs. Caroline Taylor, Peoria.Five sisters, Miss Anna GREEN, Miss Mary GREEN both of Peoria; Mrs. Rosa FEY, South Dakota; Mrs. Caroline WRISTHUFF, Chatsworth, ILL, Mrs. Minnie BURVILLE, Tennessee. Four grandchildren also survive, along with many friends. 
Peoria Star, Monday Oct. 29,1928[ch]

- John W. GREEN , at his late residence, 307 Butler street, Saturday, October 27th,1928 at 11:40 o'clock a.m. Aged 67 years, 7months, 15 days. 
Funeral services at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Friends invited. Interment in Fond du Lac Cemetery, East Peoria. 
Friends may call at the Chapel after 3 o'clock Monday.  
The Peoria Star, Monday, Oct. 29, 1928 [ch]

Peoria Morning Star, Feb. 21,1944 [ch]

Learns of Sister's Death in California
Just after arriving home Sunday afternoon from California, Mrs. W. T. McCLINTICK of 213 Missouri Ave., 
received word by wire of the sudden death of her sister, Mrs. E.H. GRIGSBY, whom she had been visiting at Oxford, CA., until a few days ago. 
Mrs. GRIGSBY, the former Miss Ida SHOOK of Peoria, died unexpectedly Saturday at her home. The Funeral will be next Friday.
Born in Evansville, Ind., Mrs. GRIGSBY, grew up in Peoria and moved west about 40 years ago. 
Surviving besides her husband a daughter are her sister Mrs. W. T. McCLINTICK and a brother C.C. SHOOK of Proctor Home.

Peoria Morning Star, Feb. 21, 1944 [ch]

Mrs. May Gring
Mrs. May Gring died in her sleep at her home at 600 Spencer street, about 3 a.m. Sunday. Her husband, Lowell,
discovered her death. Lowell woke up about 4 a.m.. 
Mrs. Gring was born in Peoria, May 27, 1880. Surviving are her husband, mother, Mrs. Marie HARDING and
sister Mrs. Emma SHADWICK, both of Spokane, Wash. 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wilton Mortuary, where friends may call Monday afternoon and evening.

Peoria Star, Friday Aug. 20, 1943- [Transcribed by: Candi Horton ]

Finers GULLEY- Funeral services for Finers Guilley, 40 of 2915 Boulevard Ave., Peoria Heights, who died at St. Francis hospital Wednesday after
being confined to the hospital for more than one year following a fall while working in Madison, Wis., will be held at the Friendship Baptist church at 10a.m. Saturday. 
The Rev. M.D. Sharpe officiating. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call Goin funeral home tonight. 
An investigation into the death will be conducted later, it has been announced by the coroner's office.

Obituary of Dorothy D. Dace Gibb
Peoria Journal Star, March 23, 1992, Page: C5
Dorothy Gibb
Dorothy D. Gibb, 73, of 3111 W. Kiva Court died at 1:22 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 1992, at Proctor Hospital.
Born March 9, 1919, in Quincy to Ora and Florence Beckerdite Dace, she married the Rev. Vernon L. Gibb on Aug. 10, 1941, in Chicago. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Daniel D. of Washington, Mo., and Kenneth L. of Illinois; five sisters, Ina Steinbach of Quincy, Ruth Wingerder of Stoughton, Wis.,
Thelma Aswege of Fort Wayne, Ind., Wilma Kau of Cottonwood, Ariz., and Doris Simmons of Clarksville, Ind.; one brother, Carol Dace of Midlothian; and three grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
She and her husband were active in the Baptist Ministry in the Peoria area.
She was a member of the El Vista Baptist Church.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at her church, the Rev. Denzel Neumann officiating. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, and also one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to her church.

Peoria Star, Sat. May 14, 1910
Barney Gustafson
Died- Barney at his home, 523 Alexander Ave., Sat. morning, May 14 at 4:45 a.m.. At the age of 44years and 2months. 
Funeral services will be Tuesday afternoon, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. from the above resd. to the Swedish Church.
Interment will be at Springdale Cemetery. Friends Invited.

Peoria Star Sunday,  May 15, 1910  p 26 - Death of Barney Gustafson

Yesterday morning, at 4:45, at his residence, 523 Alexander avenue, occurred the death of Barney Gustafson. The funeral will take place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16th, from the late residence to the Swedish church. Interment at Springdale cemetery. Friends invited.

He leaves to mourn his death his widow and three children, Leonard, Agnes and Edith, all at home. For many years Mr Gustafson was employed as a switchman by the C.R.I. & P railroad company. He was taken ill a little more than one year ago and his case was diagnosed as tuberculosis. Several weeks in the Ottawa sanatorium failed to bring relief and he returned home. Although every effort was madee to benefit him nothing would stay the progress of the disease and gradually grew weaker until the end came as mentioned above.

submitted 2007/8 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]

Peoria Star Tuesday,  July 20, 1915  p 4 -Obituary- Miss Edith Gustafson

Edith Gustafson daughter of Mrs Hulda Gustafson of 600 Blaine street passed away yesterday afternoon at 2 o´clock after a lingering illness. The deceased was born in Peoria on Sept 26, 1898 and was 16 years of age at the time of her death. She was a daughter of the late Barney Gustafson who passed away about four years ago. She is survived by her mother, brother Leonard, sister Agnes and two uncles W. O and J. O Gustafson.
The funeral will be held from the Swedish Lutheran church tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o´clock. Burial will be at Springdale cemetery.
submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]

Peoria Star Sunday,  October 15, 1916  p 32 - DIED

Gustafson- Mrs . Hulda, wife of Bernard Gustafson, age 48 years at her residence, 600 Blaine street, Saturday evening at 7:50 p.m.
Funeral from residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Services at the Swedish Lutheran churh, Hamilton and Glen Oak avenue.
Interment in Springdale cemetery. Friends invited. 
submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]

Peoria Star Monday,  June 13, 1927  p 2

Former Peorian Passes in Penn.

Agnes L. Gustafson formely of Peoria, died in Pittsburg, Pa where she has been making her home, Saturday. June 11 th, at 9:30 o´clock p.m. Age 32 years, 9 months, 27 days.
The daughter of Bernard and Hulda Peterson Gustafson was born in Peoria, August 15th, 1894. She resided here until 2 years ago. 
She is survived by one brother, Leonard G. Gustafson of Chicago. 
Funeral services will be held at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel Wednesday afternoon at one o´clock.
Interment will be in Springdale cemetery.

Peoria Star Monday,  June 13, 1927  p 12 - Death Notices
GUSTAFSON- Miss Agnes L. Formely of Peoria, In Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Saturday, June 11th, 1927, at 9:30 o´clock P:M. Age 32 years 9 months , 27 days.
Funeral services at the Wilton Mortuary chapel Wednesday afternoon at one o´clock.
Friends invited. Interment in Springdale cemetery.

submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]

Peoria Star Thursday,  April 6, 1922  p 2

John O. Gustafson Answers Last Call

John Oscar Gustafson, familiarly known to hundreds of railroad men as ”old Oscar” died at noon today at his home, 620 Butler street after a illness of about a month. Death was due to a complication of diseases.

Mr. Gustafson for twenty-four years had been a crossing flagman at the principal downtown railroad crossings, employed by the P. & P. U. And was known to nearly every engineer, fireman, brakeman and conductor running in and out of the city.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs Sophia Gustafson, and three daughters Mrs Robert Reichel. Peoria; Mrs. J. A Whalen, Minneapolis and Miss Karma residing at home. One sister Mrs Nels Johnson, Chicago and two brothers, Victor of Mattoon, and Otto W Gustafson overseer of the poor of this city, also survive.

Mr Gustafson was born in Sweden October 10. 1873 and came to Peoria in 1881. He was a faithful member of the Swedish Lutheran church. He also was a member of Peoria Camp. M. W .A.. Funeral services will be announced later.

Peoria Transcript Friday,  April 7, 1922  p11
John Gustafson Dies Veteran R. R. Watchman

John oscar Gustafson railroad man for the last number of years died yesterday at his home, 620 Butler street aftre an illness of a month.
No date has been set for the funeral.
Mr Gustafson was born in Sweden in 1873 and came to Peoria eight years later. For the past 24 years he has been a watchman at railroad crossings in the city and was well known by railroad employers.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs Sophia Gustafson and three daughters, Mrs Robert Reichel Peoria, Mrs J. A Whalen, Minneapolis and Miss Karma reiding at home. One sister, Mrs Nels Johnson, Chicago and two brothers Victor of Mattoon and Otto. W Gustafson overseer of the poor of this city also survived.

Peoria Star Friday,  April 7, 1922  p 36


GUSTAFSON- John. O. , at his late residece, 620 Butler st., Thursday, April 6, 1922, at 11:45 a.m. age 68 years. 
Funeral at the residece Sunday afternoon at 2 o´clock. Friends invited.
Interment at Springdale cemetery.

submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]

Peoria Herald Sunday,  April 19, 1891  p 8

Amanda C. Gustafson
 died last night at 608 Fifth street of la grippe. The deceased was born in Sweden, age 33 years leaves a husband and three children. 
The funeral will be announced later. 

submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke

Peoria Star Monday,  May 16, 1932  p 12

Sophia Gustafson Passes at Danville; Rites on Wednesday

Mrs. Sophia Gustafson, widow of John Oscar Gustafson, former resident of Peoria, died Sunday at the home of her daugter, Miss Karma Gustafson, 107 Nicholas street, Danville. She left here ten years ago. Mrs. Gustafson was born in Sweden. September 6. 1866, the daughter of Carl and Augusta Faust and came here 49 years ago. Her husband died ten years ago. She belonged to Salem lutheran church.Besides Miss Karma, she is survived by two step-daughters, Mrs R.H Reichel, peoria and Mrs J.A. Whalen. Minneapolis: two brothers J.E Faust and F.J Faust of this city, and a sister Mrs Helma Carlson, Peoria. Brief rites will be held at Danville Tuesday, after witch the body will be brought to Peoria.
Funeral rites will be held at the Wilton Mortuary chapel Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o´clock with further services at Salem Lutheran church at 2 o´clock.
Burial will be at Springdale cemetery. 
submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke  [stefan.puke59(at)]

Peoria Star Friday, June 12, 1953


Former Officer, GOP Office Holder

Funeral services for Otto W Gustafson 82 of Fayette street retired Peoria law enforcement officer and public official, who died at 6:30 a.m Thursday at John Warner hospital in Clinton where he had been a patient two days, will be held here at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gauss mortuary chapel. The Rev. N. Theodore- Larson of Salem Lutheran church will officiate. Burial will be in Parkview cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary  from 6 to 9 p.m today.

Retired March 31 
Mr Gustafson retired March 31 as deputy sheriff and bailofPeoria county circuit coart after serving in the sheriff´s office for 21 years. Before entering public work Mr Gustafson operated a grosery store for a number of years. He became a member of the Peoria police department in 1912 serving six years as a patrolman.
He had been active in Republican party circles for many years and was elected an assistant supervisor while serving on the police force. He remained on the county board until 1920 when he was elected supervisor of the poor in which capacity he also took over the duties of township tresurer.
Four years later he became directorof the Peoria office at the State Employment service, serving four years in that position. He also was employed for a time as a special agent for the Illinois Terminal railroad.

Born in Sweden

Mr Gustafson was born in Sweden Aug.13. 1870 a son of Karl Gustav and Sophia Cedar Gustafson. He came to this country when he was 12 years old and was educated in the schools at Mattoon.He first married Nellie Phillips in Peoria July 8, 1887 and she died here march 14, 1945. Later he married Mrs Mary Helen Costley who also preceded him in death. His last marriage was to Nora Gray at Decatur April 9, 1949. Interested in his homeland and people of Scandinavian anectry Mr Gustafson organized the John Ericsson club here in 1900. He served in nearly all offices of the club, which is affailiated with the national group. He also was a member of the Order of Svithoid Brage lodge 29 and Salem lutheran church.
Surviving are his wife and one sister, Mrs Mary Odle of Homewood. Seven broters and one sister are dead.

submitted 2008 by: Stefan Puke [stefan.puke59(at)]


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