Carl Bernard (Gus) Gustafson

Carl Bernard (Gus) Gustafson

Nashville, TN

Carl Bernard Gustafson (Gus) passed away March 2, 2014. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 20, 1930 to Carl and Elizabeth Rhea Gustafson.

He lived with his grandparents, Bessie and Otis Rhea in Hopkinsville, KY. In 1947, he graduated from Hopkinsville High School and in 1951, he received a bachelor of engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was employed by AVCO Manufacturing in Nashville as an industrial engineer. In 1953, he married Carolyn Partridge and they had four children - Lyn, Randy, Bess and Rhea.

January 1955, he entered Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating in May, 1955. He spent his naval career at the Naval Mine Depot, Yorktown, Virginia, as Public Works Officer. In January, 1958, he received his honorable discharge from the Navy. He spent the next 18 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as Lieutenant Commander. He resumed working at AVCO, retiring in 1987.

While the boys were growing up, he served as Assistant Scout Master of Troop 121, conducting many hiking trips on the Appalachian Trail. Both his sons achieved the Eagle Scout Rank through his leadership.

After he retired, he started a life of volunteer work including: the American Red Cross , first with Blood Services and then National Disaster Relief; AARP Defensive Driving Program, IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance; and the Military Officers Association of America. He was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church, serving as Deacon, Elder and on many committees.

In almost 61 years of marriage, he and Carolyn enjoyed traveling, having visited all seven continents, each one more than once. They had the privilege of visiting all the Seven Wonders of the Modern World through 60 years of travels, the last 30 years on cruise ships at least once a year. As a family, they took many camping trips throughout the US, Mexico, Canada and Europe.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents, son, Randy and daughter-in-law, Ikumi.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Lyn Steele, Nashville, Tennessee and Bess Bovell (Randy), Hixson, Tennessee, and son, Rhea (Cheryl), Reno, Nevada; grandchildren, Allison Bovell, Boston, Massachusetts, Jay Bovell, Huntsville, Alabama, Chris Bovell, Birmingham, Alabama, LSSN Sam Steele III, Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, Ryan and Erika Gustafson, Reno, Nevada; and twin sister, Jane Townsend, Dallas, Texas.

Services will be in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8th. Visitation with the family will take place 4:30 - 6 p.m. Friday evening, and 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37220; Alive Hospice, 1710 Patterson Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203; or the American Red Cross, 2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

Guestbook Crawford Mortuary & Crematory, (615) 254-8200.

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Crawford Mortuary & Crematory
2714 Grandview Avenue Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 254-8200

Published in The Tennessean on Mar. 5, 2014