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2017-08-11 / Obituaries

Lloyd G. Gustafson

Lloyd G. Gustafson, 78, of Cook, MN, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Cook Community Hospital.  He was born on September 12, 1938, in Cook, the son of Gust and Elfva (Persson) Gustafson.  He was a lifelong resident of Cook and Lake Vermilion area.  Lloyd graduated from Cook High School in 1956, and then completed 2 years at Virginia Junior College.  He married Mary E. Ludlow on June 10, 1962 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, where he was a long time member. Lloyd worked at the family owned Standard Oil gas station in his earlier years, learning the rewards of a strong work ethic.  The Gustafson family farm was special to Lloyd as were several businesses his grandfather pioneered at Cook.  He spent the rest of his career at Gustafson Motors Ford (a co-owned 3rd generation business) along with his brother, Lee. Lloyd was a member of the Automobile Dealers Association.  He also served 6 years in the National Guard in Virginia.  Lloyd had a love for antique boats, and enjoyed fishing in Canada, hunting, 4-wheeling, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed flying and earlier piloted his own plane.  Most of all, he treasured time with his family, especially his five grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Jerry Poshak in 2015. Lloyd is survived by his Wife, of 55 years: Mary; Son: Michael (Susan) of Orono, MN and their children Kevin and Sarah; Daughter: Lynn Schwob(Dave) of Waconia, MN and their children Abbey, Connor and Andrew;  Brother: Lee of Lake Vermilion-Cook, MN; Sister: Linda Poshak of Garden Lake-Ely, MN and her children Jay (Jacki Brieger), and Marc; Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law: Mark and Sally Ludlow of Lake Vermilion-Cook, MN; Sister-in-law: Martha Baker (late husband Bill) of Sioux Falls, SD; along with other extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. A gathering of family and friends was one hour prior to the service. Rev.’s Bruce Hannem and Dennis Morreim were the officiates.  A reception in Lloyd’s honor will be held in the church social hall immediately after the service.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  To sign the online guest book, or to send a condolence to the family, go to: If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the W. C. Heiam Foundation, P.O. Box 1195, Cook, MN, 55723 or the charity of your choice.

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