Harold W. “Pete” Gustafson, 95 of Belvidere, Il passed away Sunday morning, December 13, 2020 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center from Covid-19. Pete as he was affectionately known was born May 8, 1925 in Belvidere the son of Gunnar and Signa (Johnson) Gustafson. He married E. Joyce Barnes on June 9, 1946 in Belvidere and to this union two children would come, Richard and Edward. Pete spent his life farming and being involved in farming related organizations such as the Associated Milk Producers Incorporated (AMPI). He and Joyce made their spiritual home at First United Methodist Church where he enjoyed 71 years of singing in the choir. Pete also sang for countless weddings and funerals over the years, his voice was a blessing and comfort.
Pete is loved and will be missed by his children, Richard (Peggy) Gustafson of Red Oak, TX, Edward (Kim) Gustafson of Jacksboro, TN; grandchildren, Jonathan (Joanna) Ford-Gustafson, Stephanie (Joseph) Medinger, Nathaniel Gustafson and Alexander (Jane) Gustafson. Eight Great Grandchildren and one on the way; sister, Jean Hoines as well as nieces and nephews. Pete is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce and brother and sister in-law, Dr. Robert and Mildred Gustafson.
Pete’s family acknowledges the loving care and support of Dr. Clayton Malaker and the nurses and staff at Maple Crest Care Center for their love care a devotion given to Pete.
Private memorial services will take place at a later date. Memorials can be given in care of the American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church in Pete’s name.