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Harvey Gustafson
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Harvey Gustafson, 73, of Pecatonica, IL entered his eternal rest on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from Mesothelioma in his home with family members at his side.

Born October 23, 1944 in Belvidere, IL the son of Mr. and Mrs. Halvar and Dorothy (Bownas) Gustafson. He lived 43 years in Pecatonica. He attended Belvidere schools, graduating in 1962. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Era (1962-1966) serving on the Volada and USS Daniel Boone submarines serving as an engineman. Harvey married the former Donna Baker on February 22, 1969 at Middle Creek Presbyterian Church in Winnebago. He was employed as a refrigeration fitter through the Plumber and Pipefitters Union Local #23 for 48 years. He enjoyed walking in the Labor Day Parade and participating in the holiday picnics. Harvey was a member of Flat Landers Chapter Muskies Club of Loves Park, IL. He enjoyed Muskie fishing trips to Canada. He was also a member of Eugene J. Barloga American Legion Post #197 in Pecatonica, IL and was a Local #23 retiree. Harvey was a fun-loving, hard-working man who truly enjoyed his family. Among his favorite times were vacationing to Manitowish Waters, WI. He always enjoyed a good joke. He loved outdoor activities and gardening, making wine and cooking. Each Christmas he could be found volunteering with the Local #23 for the Salvation Army packing food for those in need. He was loved by many and will be missed.

Survivors include his wife Donna Gustafson, Pecatonica, IL; son Eric (Stacy Ditzler) Gustafson, Dakota, IL; grandchildren Emma and Boden Gustafson, Dakota, IL; grandson Dereck (fiancé Paige Hood) Avery, Machesney Park, IL; sister Joan Klein, Oregon, IL; brothers-in-law Raymond (Patsy) Baker, Oregon, IL and Michael (Sylvia) Baker, Winnebago, IL; five nieces and nephews; six great nieces and nephews and three great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Denice Gustafson Avery and brother-in-law Edward Klein.

Funeral ceremonies will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 8, 2018 in McCorkle Funeral Home-Countryman Chapel, 529 Washington Street, Pecatonica, IL with Pastor Richard Broberg officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 7. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Pecatonica, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Eugene J. Barloga American Legion Post #197, 403 Main Street, Pecatonica, IL 61063 or Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108

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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
McCorkle Funeral Home - Countryman Chapel

529 Washington St.
Pecatonica, IL 61063

Funeral Ceremony




10:30 AM
McCorkle Funeral Home - Countryman Chapel

529 Washington St.
Pecatonica, IL 61063

Cemetery Details


Rose Hill Cemetery

Best Road
Pecatonica, IL 61063


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