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Charles Gustafson April 24, 1928 - July 15, 2009

NEW LONDON -- Charles E. Gustafson, 81, of New London, died Wednesday at his home.

The service will be at noon Friday at Church of Our Lady of the Lakes in rural Spicer. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with full military honors.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements are with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice in Willmar.

He was born April 24, 1928, in Hibbing to Frank and Golden (Boucher) Gustafson. He graduated from Hibbing High School and entered the Navy in 1946. He served three years in the Navy and, in 1949, enlisted in the Coast Guard. He was honorably discharged due to a service-connected disability in 1952. He attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth majoring in art. He worked as a commercial artist and later for the Bechtel Corporation.

He married LaVon Hemmesch on April 17, 1971. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in St. Cloud. They moved to a home on Long Lake near Hawick in 1981. He worked part time at the New London and Spicer Post Offices from 1983 to 1986. He was a member of Church of Our Lady of the Lakes in Spicer, a life member of VFW Post 428 and DAV Chapter 9 in St. Cloud, American Legion Post 271 in Paynesville and a member of the Masons for more than 50 years. He volunteered 24,000 hours at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife; siblings: Dolores Flynn of Hibbing and Frank (and Fran) Gustafson of Cloquet.

He was preceded in death by one brother.