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Gerald (Jerry) Gene Gustafson died in his home on March 5, 2017. Jerry was a lifelong resident of Rockford, Illinois, a businessman with an entrepreneurial spirit, an excellent athlete, and a beloved son, father and grandfather. Jerry graduated from East High School and went on to study business at the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University. He was an owner of Rockford Molded Products, his main business endeavor. Jerry also turned personal interests into business ventures. His love of Oceanic art led to an art partnership dealing in museum quality work and fine decorative pieces. A triathlete and marathon runner (Boston and New York), Jerry was an original owner of The Spokesmen bike store in Rockford in the 1980's. Despite being felled by a stroke in 1999, Jerry continued to be known for his generous spirit, quick wit and irreverent humor. Jerry is survived by daughters, Adena (Matthew) Smith, Reston, VA, and Metta Gustafson (Jon Helm), Albuquerque, NM; grandsons, Roane and Jonah Smith; and former wife, Maureen (Mickey) Lundquist Gustafson. There are two generations of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents Henry (Hank) and Ida Gustafson and brothers, Douglas and Craig.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Fred C. Olson Chapel,1001 2nd Ave, Rockford, IL 61104. Reception to follow. Friends are welcome to join the family at 1:00 pm for the burial at Scandinavian Cemetery, 1700 Rural St. Rockford prior to the memorial service. Donations in Jerry's honor may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, http://www.shrinershosptialsforchildren.org.

Condolences & Shared Memories (8)

  1. Wayne Rasner Sr.

    I worked for Gerald and ran Rockford Molded Products for him for 35 years. He was like a father to me throughout all the years. We traveled together, golfed together, we joked around, he used to call me his little buddy. We also worked hard to make Rockford Molded Products what it is today. When I used to stop by his house to see him or talked on the phone to him he also asked about the company he always would say he is proud of us and to make sure his legacy lived on. Me being one of the owners now his knowledge he taught me will live throughout my life. Gerald was a great family man, loved his kids and grandkids so much. Rockford Molded will always remember Gerald and his family. Adena and Metta you are welcome to come see the shop anytime you are like family to us and always will be. He will truly be missed by me. Rest in Peace my friend I will miss you. Till we meet again

  2. Jim Keeling

    Pam and I are saddened by Jerry's passing. We have so many fond memories of adventures with the Gustafsons and will scour our photo albums to refresh them even more. We will share those pictures if we can get email addresses for Mickey, Adena and Metta. Just to whet the whistle, think the "resort" and canoeing the Kickapoo River. We are sorry to miss the memorial service and the chance to be with you all this Saturday but we will be in Woodway(just north of Seattle) to celebrate Morgan's 4th birthday with Morgan, Zach, Carrie and Jay. All the best Jim and Pam

  3. John Peck

    I am so sorry to hear about Jerry. I have worked for him for about 10 years, taking care of his flowers, bushes, etc. He was always a joy to talk to and evened called me to find out how my wife was when she had breast cancer. I will miss talking to him and it saddens me he won't be here this spring. I'm even sitting on a stool that he gave me from his garage while I write this. If there is something I can do at the house for you please do not hesitate to call me. 815-988-5245. My very sincere condolences to all. love John

  4. Russ Wharton, Santa Cruz, Ca.

    Jerry was a good friend with whom I shared many pleasant running experiences prior to his stroke including Rockford and Grandma's[Duluth] marathons and times with "Captain Jacks" running and fun club...My condolences to his family...

  5. Craig and Terri Lindmark

    Dear Mickey, Adena and Metta and Families, We remember such fun times with you. We're saddened to learn of Jerry's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Love, Craig, Terri, John, Peter and Families

  6. charles strait

    Played on the same basketball team at East high as Jerry, sorry he passed.

  7. Barb Henrikson Watne

    Back 'in the day' Jerry was always fun to be with because of his sense of humor and love of sports. I have some great memories of those years. Our love and sympathy for Mickey and family!

  8. Georgalee George

    Jerry was such a friendly neighbor. He was a true inspiration because he didn't complain about his health and had a smile for all of his friends. God Bless


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