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Delbert Gustafson passed away at his Port Angeles home on March 30, 2014.
He was born on March 19, 1926, in Rockford, Illinois, and grew up in Glendale, California.
He joined the Navy during World War II at the age of 17 and served on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga and was aboard when the ship was attacked off the coast of Iwo Jima in February of 1945.
During the latter part of the war, he met Barbara, his future wife. They were married on February 22, 1947, in Bremerton, Washington.
Mr. Gustafson led an active career in the Navy and Coast Guard. Following his retirement as chief warrant officer in the Coast Guard, he pursued a career in banking, first with First National Bank as a loan officer and later with First Federal Savings and Loan as the senior vice president, director of lending.
He loved the Lord, his career in the Coast Guard, banking, traveling in his fifth-wheel, fishing, his life and family.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; daughters Karen Marsaw of Port Angeles and Linda (Dave) Boice of Sequim; grandchildren Robb and Jessica Young, both of Poulsbo, Washington, Todd and Mindi Young, both of Sequim, and Lindsey Marsaw of Seattle, Washington; and great-grandchildren Olyvia and Ellie Young, both of Pouslbo, and Shelby and Emma Coyne, both of Sequim.
At his request, no services are planned.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 9, 2014