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James David Gustin

May 17, 2019 GMT

James David Gustin

March 3, 1929 -- May 14, 2019

James “Jim” Gustin, 90, of Clarkson, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at his home in Clarkson.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20, at New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson, with the Rev. Stephen Niles officiating. Interment with military honors will be in the Clarkson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, and will continue from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Monday, all at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Clarkson Historical Society, Clarkson Fire Department, or New Zion Presbyterian Church.


James David Gustin was born on March 3, 1929, to Fred and Agnes (Olson) Gustin in De Soto. The oldest of five children, he attended school through the ninth grade in Blair. He later received an honorary diploma from Clarkson High School. After finishing school, Jim worked on the farm until he joined the United States Army in 1951. He served on active duty for two years, working as a heavy equipment operator in Fairbanks, Alaska.

On Sept. 10, 1951, Jim was united in marriage to Shirley Lukl in Schuyler. After his honorable discharge from active duty in 1953, he served for four years in the Army Reserves, and during this time, Jim and Shirley farmed west of Clarkson before moving to a farm near Nickerson. They farmed in that area for about two years before moving to a farm near Ceresco, where they lived until moving back to Clarkson in 1970 to farm the Lukl family homestead. Jim lived on this farm until moving into Clarkson in 2018.

Jim enjoyed going to auctions, collecting antiques, and driving around the countryside looking at the different farm places. He had a collection of hit-and-miss gas engines that he enjoyed showing at the Colfax County Fairs for over 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion Sucha Post 302 and New Zion Presbyterian Church.

Jim is survived by son, David (Doris) Gustin of Clarkson; son, Jeffrey (Chris) Gustin of Topeka, Kansas; daughter, Suzann (Tim) Gannon of Grand Island; son, Timothy Gustin of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Gwen Gustin of Clarkson; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond Gustin of Hickman; sister, Louise (Ron) Jacobsen of Story City, Iowa; brother, Fred (Connie) Gustin of Hickman; sister, Sharon (Denny) Dahl of St. Paul; many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Agnes Gustin; wife, Shirley Gustin; son, Jerry Gustin.

Condolences may be sent to www.millersfh.com.