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“Marty and Cathy, Our prayers are with you and your families. So sorry we could not attend and support you at this time. Hope to see you soon. ...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Pat and Lester Umland - Moline, IL

“Marty and Cathie - It's so hard, but aren't we lucky for all the wonderful memories. Really sorry for your loss. Love, Cherri ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Cherri Umland-Burns - Sherrard, IL

“It was always fun spending time with uncle Gil. He liked to take us out to eat and go shopping! He always made sure he knew what was going on in our...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: April (Mattson) Zimmerman - MN

“Gus was my Aunt Milly's brother and we spent many times together in Moline when I was growing up. John and I visited him several times in Fl. at his...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sandra Bayley - Sapphire, NC

“We can all take a lesson from Uncle Gil: love of family and the importance of a sense of humor no matter what circumstances we find ourselves facing...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Betty and Dick Lewis - Lafayette, CO

“Dear Marty and Cathie: I am so sorry to hear about Gus. I want both of you to know that I am thinking of you and I will keep you both in my prayers...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Josephine Williams - Moline, IL

“I toast to Uncle Gus with a Bombay Sapphire dirty martini! I hope you are enjoying one with Mary Jo right now, Gus! What a great loving man. I am...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Teresa Kelly - Iowa City, IA

“Uncle Gil always had a smile and a story ready for the telling. Will miss you! ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: kim cole - scottsdale, AZ

Gilbert F. "Gus" Gustafson, age 87, of Moline, died Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Trinity, Rock Island.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment is in St. Mary's Mausoleum, East Moline. Memorials may be made to family.

Gilbert was born June 20, 1924 in Beresford, SD, the son of Peter and Mathilda (Anderson) Gustafson. He married Mary Jo De Witte on December 20, 1980 in Rock Island. She preceded him in death on February 8, 1989.

Gilbert was a WW II veteran, serving in the Army Signal Corp Company. He was employed by Illinois Central Railroad as an Agent-Operator from 1950-1968. He then worked for Navajo Freight Lines & Arkansas Best Freight Systems from 1969-1989, as an OS&D - Billing clerk, retiring in June 1989. Gilbert was a member of Teamsters Local #371, the Vikings (Thor Lodge No. 9, I.O.V.), the Rock Island Elks Lodge #980, and Moline American Legion. Gus loved traveling, fishing, camping, photography and his daily martini.

Step-Son Martin J. (Chris) De Witte Rock Island
Step-Daughter Cathie M. De Witte Rock Island
Grandson Michael F. De Witte Milan
Several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Danny & Marilyn Mattson of Aberdeen, South Dakota for always being there in Gus' time of need.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting his obituary at