Gary D. Gustafson

November 3, 1959 - February 21, 2021

Gary D. Gustafson


Gary Dale Gustafson, 61, of Belvidere, IL, died peacefully at home on February 21, 2021 due to complications of ALS. He was born November 3, 1959 to Bernard and Marilyn (Schroeder) Gustafson in Belvidere. He married his love, Sandy Bender on October 11, 1986 in Rockton, IL. Gary attended Belvidere High School. Over the years he was employed at Ipsen, Camcar and  for various companies through Laborers’ Local 32 as a painter, machinist, demolition, road and bridge work. He also owned and operated Timberwolf Firewood Service and Gustafson’s Tree Service. In his spare time, he enjoyed boxing, weightlifting and tinkering in his home shop on vehicles/snowmobiles and loved his dogs and the outdoors, especially a great bonfire. 

Gary was loved and will be dearly missed by his wife, Sandy; mother, Marilyn; children, Randi Witte, Benjamin (Ashley) Gustafson and Joey Gustafson; grandchildren, Krista Gustafson, Bailey Caple and Mason Flores; brothers, Clifford (Renee) Gustafson and Dennis (Julie) Gustafson and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Bernard; son, Andrew Gustafson; brothers, Shane, Timothy and Thomas Gustafson; sister in-law Denise Gustafson and beloved pets, Apache, Bandit and Bear.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated people at Mercyhealth Hospice, with special thanks to Chrissy and his fabulous care by his nurse Deb who always went above and beyond to care for his needs. We would also like to thank Dr. Anthony Molinary for his dedicated care until the end. Memorial donations are always welcome at The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. Burial and a Celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.  To share a memory, please visit    

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I always admired Gary for his determination in whatever he did. He was the toughest person I’ve ever known. Yet, he will be remembered as a person you could always count on. a man of his word and a wonderful human being. I was honored to have him as a friend. May God be with the Gustafson family at this time of great loss.

Clint Morris 2021-02-27T18:30:19

I knew Gary mostly when he was young, I was lucky enough to call the entire family friends. God Bless Gary and the entire family. RIP

Larry Eurek 2021-02-27T17:42:07

Gary was a good friend and brother, in a family known for them. God bless him, and his family.

RORY PETERSON 2021-02-26T17:43:23

Sorry for your loss…haven’t seen Gary since the younger years but was always a great guy! My heart goes out to his family.

Robin Goodall 2021-02-26T07:17:43

Uncle Tom and I are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Tom always spoke highly of Gary. Please let us know when you will schedule the celebration of life. We love you.

MaryAnn Bender 2021-02-25T17:42:00

Sorry for your loss and God Bless you and your family

Kimberly Brinkmeyer Robin 2021-02-25T11:53:26


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