Joel Ray Gustafson
September 04, 1955 - December 16, 2021
Joel Ray Gustafson was born on September 4, 1955, to Melvin and Emeline (Schultz) Gustafson in Denison, Iowa. Joel was baptized and confirmed his faith on January 24, 1982. He graduated from Denison High School with the class of 1973. Joel had a strong work ethic and always worked more than one job. While working at Farmland Foods Incorporated, he set his sights on a career with UPS and worked tirelessly until he was hired by them full-time. At UPS Joel found his calling and was known by everyone on his route. He was a friend to all and made his deliveries with a smile and kind word.
Joel was a devoted husband and father. He married Kimberly Hart on March 28, 1980, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, and they were blessed with five beautiful children. Joel shepherded his family and raised them in faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. For twenty-five years Joel safeguarded his community as a cherished member of the Denison Fire Department where he was lovingly known as "Gus". Joel's favorite pastime was spending time with his children and grandchildren, and when he could not be with them, he spent time in his woodworking shop making them gifts, toys, and furniture.
Joel passed away unexpectedly at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska on December 16, 2021, at the age of 66 years, three months, and 12 days.
Joel was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Gustafson, and father-in-law James Hart. He is survived by his wife, Kim Gustafson of Denison; five children: Chelsea (Cory) Bachman of Gretna, Nebraska, Colbie (Andrew) Harberts of Polk City, Iowa, Andrew (Heather) Gustafson of Fishers, Indiana, Reggie (Beca Hubbard) Gustafson of Des Moines, Whitney Gustafson of Ankeny; eight grandchildren: Camden Harberts, Zander Harberts, Livia Harberts, Knox Harberts, Major Harberts, Averi Bachman, Eliana Bachman and Merrick Bachman; mother, Emeline Gustafson, and mother-in-law Lois Hart; brother, Rick (Vicki) Gustafson of Ogden; sister, Cindy (Tracy) Buck of Breda; and many other relatives and friends.
The visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Interment will be in the St. Paul Cemetery (Ricketts Road) near Charter Oak. Memorials may be directed to the family.