2018-03-01 / Obituaries

Charles Duane Gustafson

Charles Duane Gustafson, 67, Prudenville, died Feb. 28, 2018, at home.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel, with Pastor Ted Voll officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from noon until the time of the service. 

He was born Nov. 10, 1950, in Ironwood, the son of Charles and Lena (Chiaravalle) Gustafson. He grew up in the Ironwood area and graduated from St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, WI. He worked as an inspector for General Motors for more than 32 years before his retirement.

On June 25, 2011, in Las Vegas, NV, he and Valerie Lynn French were united in marriage.

Mr. Gustafson was a member of the FAD Club and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and golfing. He also enjoyed woodworking and wood carving.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Surviving Mr. Gustafson are his wife, Valerie Lynn Gustafson of Prudenville; son, Kevin Gustafson of Grosse Pointe Woods; daughters, Jennifer Gustafson of Grand Ledge and Rosina Switras of Flint; stepson, Gabe (Melissa) Watkins of Florida; stepdaughters, Jennifer (Donnie) Duttine of New York and Theresa Smith of Clinton; 10 grandchildren, Jordyn, Dylan, Kiera, Lilah, Jonah, Kristie, Devin, Sarah, Taryn and Ben; sister, Christine (Steven) Kaderlik of Ironwood; nephews, Zachary Kavinsky and Jacob Kavinsky, both of Ironwood; aunts, Florence Gustafson of Cedarburg, WI, and Luce Chiaravalle of Burbank, CA; several cousins, Paul (Rita) Volley, Robert (Deborah) Volley, Kim (William) Rich-Large, Paul (Eva) Chiaravalle, Robert (Lori) Gustafson, Nan Hoepfl, Lynn (Bob) Conklin, Rod (Mary Ellen) Gustafson, Pam (Joe) Kuker and Nancy (Todd) Grossklaus. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Children's Miracle Network, 205 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, or at childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.  

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