Gustav Nelson

Des Moines, Iowa

1927 - 2011 (Age 84)

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The love surrounding Gus was obvious to anyone who met him. I remember especially the way he would focus on people who came into his sphere - he would share the moment with them in a very real way, with empathy, acceptance and honesty -- such a rare combination. A truly unique man. And though he'll be missed, his light lives on through his wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

I will truly miss Gus. He was such a special man and I am richer for have known him. It was my honor and pleasure to work with him for ten years when he served on the board of directors for Westminster House.

Gus will be dearly missed, and he was a wonderful colleague and support. I always appreciated his smile, and his true pastoral nature. My heartfelt prayers for his family, as we celebrate his new life in the presence of our Lord.

Gus will be greatly missed. He was a special friend to my family and presided as minister for our wedding! My answer is, "Yes, good can come out of Iowa City". May his legacy of ministry live on in his family, friends, and in the lives he as touched.
God Bless

Tom and family- I am very sorry for your loss. you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Andrea Yoakum Lundberg

I was deeply sorry to hear of Gus's passing and my heart and sympathy goes out to Charlotte and their family. I only met him a few times, but he always had a warm and comforting smile. I enjoyed watching Duke basketball games with him and David and talking to him about the team. Earlier this year at a dinner in Chicago he was spiritedly arguing for equal rights in the church and I admired his passion and kindness. I and everyone came away richer and wiser from knowing him. He will be...

The light of Gods love shined through Gus and touched my life.It is an honor to have known this very kind man.My heart goes out to Charlotte and his family.His son Tom has been a friend of mine for many years.Though we havn't been in touch with each other much in the past years,thank you for letting me into your love is with you my friend. Sincerely-Mark P,Terrell

Gus was a wonderful person who brought out the best in everyone around him. He will be missed greatly by everyone that he touched. My family was truely blessed to know him. I know that I will forever remember his smile and laugh. As he would say "PEACE TO ALL AND GO DUKE"

Gus was an irreplaceable treasure. His brilliance and love shone through everything he did. I remember the impact his study on faith and work had on me. I realized that you didn't have to be a volunteer to do good work; you could fulfill a mission of service through your employment. Blessings on Charlotte and the family. Love, Beth


Gustav's Obituary

The Reverend Dr. Gustav C. NelsonDes MoinesThe Rev. Dr. Gustav C. Nelson, 84, died on Saturday, December 10, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, after a very brief illness. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, at Westminster Presbyterian...

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