Bert Lars Gustafson, 93, Minot, and former longtime South Prairie area farmer, died on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
Bert was born on Aug. 26, 1919, on the family farm in Afton Township of Ward County, south of Minot, to Emil and Amalia (Ericcson) Gustafson. He was reared on the family farm and attended rural schools. As a young adult he assisted his family with the operation of the farm. Eventually, he and his brother, Art, owned and operated the farm.
Bert purchased a home in Minot in 1953 and he would split time between his farm home and Minot residence. He moved into Minot on a full-time basis in 1980 and became a full-time resident of Edgewood Vista in July of 2011.
Bert was an avid pool player and enjoyed bowling, hunting, collecting antiques and playing baseball in his younger years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Farmers Union and attended Saron Lutheran Church when he lived on the farm.
Bert is survived by: several nieces, nephews and cousins including Eileen Reddick, Marlene Demaree, Duane Swanson, Elaine Almy, Darlene Melius, Norman Erickson, Maynard Erickson, Evelyn Johnson and Yvonne Johnson.
Bert was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lucille Erickson, Margaret Swanson, Mabel Ehr and Gunhild Ehr; and brothers, Art and Bernhard.
Celebration of the Life of Bert Gustafson: Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas Family Funeral Home.
Interment: Will be in Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Nov. 25, from noon until 5 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to Saron Lutheran Church or Edgewood Vista, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).