Lester Gustafson

July 5, 1923-June 9, 2019

Lester Gustafson, 95, of

Stanley, ND, passed away

Sunday evening, June 9,

2019 at the Mountrail

County Nursing Home in

Stanley. His arrangements

are with Springan Steven-

son Funeral Home of

Stanley. Friends may sign

the on-line register and

give their condolences at



His funeral mass will

be held Saturday, June 15,

2019 at 10:00 AM at the

Queen of the Most Holy

Rosary Catholic Church in

Stanley, ND. Father Jason

Signalness will celebrate

the mass. Burial will be in

Fairview Cemetery in

Stanley. A vigil will be

held Friday, June 14, 2019

at 7:00 PM at the Queen of

the Most Holy Rosary

Catholic Church in Stan-

ley, ND. Friends may call

at the Springan Stevenson

Funeral Home on Friday,

June 14, 2019 from 1:00

PM to 5:00 PM and one

hour prior to the vigil and

mass at the church on Sa-


Lester was born on July

5, 1923 on a farm north of

Blaisdell, ND. He married

Angeline Biegler on April

30, 1949. They celebrated

70 years of marriage in

April. Lester and Angie

farmed for a few years

near Edgeley, ND and

then later at the farm

where Lester grew up. In

1957 they moved to Stan-

ley with their family,

where Lester worked as a

carpenter until he retired

at the age of 62. His crew

for many of those years

were his 7 sons. They

raised 12 children; Bar-

bara (“Coop”) Cooper –

Berthold, Pat (Paul)

Thunshelle – Plaza, Mary

Chewakin – Fargo, Allen

(Diane) – New Town, Judy

(Rick) Spletstoser – Wat-

ford City, Elmer (Ann)

-Shockapee, MN, Gerard –

New Town, Tim (Angie)

-Grand Forks, Bryan (Lori)

– Stanley, Pam (Gary)

Schmidt -Stanley, Glenn

(Carol) – Prior Lake, MN.

They have 24 grandchil-

dren, 36

great-grandchildren and 1


Lester enjoyed music,

electronics, fishing, cross-

word puzzles, whistling,

bird watching and reading

the newspaper from front

to back every day. His

greatest love was his wife,

Angie. He loved and was

proud of all of his family.

Lester is preceded in

death by: his parents, El-

mer and Barbara (Goettle)

Gustafson; son, James

Gustafson; son-in-law,

Myron “Coop” Cooper;

grandson, Michael

Chewakin; sisters, Lillian

Neether, Violet Vettle and

Vivian Lagien.

The Gustafson family

would like to thank every-

one for their kindness and

prayers during this diffi-

cult time.