Lee Edward Gustafson was born January 17, 1931 in Mtn View, MO to Henry Axel and Signe Augusta (Forsberg) Gustafson. He went home to be with the Lord March 6, 2014 after a long illness. He was 83 years old.
Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 10 at Yarber Mortuary in Mountain View.
He is survived by his 2 daughters, Debra Gustafson and husband, Steve Lashua, and Janet and husband, Dewayne Woolsey, all of Mtn. View; 2 grandchildren, Curt and Susan Woolsey and Wendy Whippo; and 4 great grandchildren, Anna and Allie Woolsey, and Taylor and Tanna Tate of Mtn View; one sister, Betty Schlueter, Springfield; Two brother-in-laws, Dayne and Ruth Glass, Bentonville, AR, and Dick and Marilyn Glass of Mtn. View.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Marvelene, his wife of 57 years; 4 infant brothers and one older brother, John Gustafson; one infant son; his father and mother-in-law, Marvin and Myrtle Glass; 2 brother-in-laws, Galen Schlueter and Gerald Glass; sister-in-law, Regina Glass, son-in-law, Gary Webb; and nephew Erik Schlueter.
Lee was raised on a farm by his adoring Swedish parents. At a young age, he was already learning his trade. He worked on all the trucks and farm equipment they used.
Lee attended country school and graduated from Mtn. View High School in 1950. Something changed his life forever as a junior in high school. He wanted to meet a young lady. She never noticed him until he pushed her off a sidewalk in town and then helped her back up. She was the one he had been looking for. She invited him to church with her which led to him accepting Jesus several months later. The Lord was evident in his every day life from then on. He was a member of Mtn. View Christian Church.
Lee joined the Army in 1950, but wasn’t able to be in active duty due to a back problem. He was very proud to be an American citizen. He loved his country.
He married Marvelene Glass in October of 1951, and to this union two daughters were born; Debra Lee and Janet Lynn. They also had an infant son that died.
Lee had an auto body repair shop for about 40 years. He enjoyed taking wrecks and making them better than new. He also ran a wrecker service, and spent many long nights out on calls. He served on many projects in Mtn View. He served on Mtn View school board for several years, on senior citizens board, and helped with many community projects. He loved helping at the senior center.
Lee loved life. He loved his family, his church, visiting and playing games, fishing, hunting, traveling. He and Marvelene spent many years on a Honda Goldwing and then in a motorhome.
Lee loved helping others. Whether it was helping stranded motorists, fixing their vehicles, and opening his home to them; taking garden vegetables to friends; gathering bicycles and fixing them to take to children in Mexico, or helping the local boys with their first vehicles, Lee took the time and effort to lend a hand.
If you knew Lee, you knew he loved life. His passing has left us with a hole in our hearts. But we know he is finally at peace.