James E. “Jim” “Gus” Gustafson, 91

September 26, 1929 - April 22, 2021

Hastings resident James E. “Jim” “Gus” Gustafson, 91, passed away Thursday, April 22,
2021, at his home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in
Hastings with Pastor Joel Remmers officiating. Burial with military rites by Hastings
Military Honor Guard will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation will be 5-7
p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to First St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church or Mary Lanning Home Care. For the health and safety of others face masks are
required for those attending the visitation and funeral, your cooperation is appreciated.
Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler
Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Jim “Gus” was born September 26, 1929, in Casper, WY to Axel & Helen (Springer)
Gustafson. They moved to Gothenburg, NE during his grade school years. He was proud
to be on the 1945 state championship high school football team. Jim graduated from
Gothenburg High School in 1948.

In October of 1948, Jim joined the Air Force and served during the Korean War as an
airplane mechanic. He was an instructor for airplane mechanics at Sheppard Air Force
Base in Texas during his last year of service. He joined a traveling men’s singing group
called “The Barbershoppers” during that last year also.

Jim moved to Omaha, NE in 1952 where he worked at Safeway as a meat cutter.
Following this, he moved to Chicago in 1954 with his best friend, Tom Loutzenheiser, to
work at Alton Box Board.

His final move was to Hastings, NE in 1956 to work at Great Plains Packaging. He was
there when the company began. He initially worked as a dye maker then ran the
corrugated department for 20 years. Following this, he worked in their office in layout
design and estimating until he retired in 1996.

On January 20, 1962, he married Arlene Olderog. From this union, they had three

Jim grew up in the Presbyterian Church and was baptized on March 2, 1952. He became
a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hastings, NE in 1962 where he served
on the church council for a number of years and on the property and building committees.
He played a part in the planning of the new addition. He enjoyed singing in the Chancel
Choir. He was a Mason and a member of Hastings Lodge No. 50. Jim also enjoyed his
aviation magazines, books, and shows. He loved spending time with his four
grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren later in life. He had a tender heart.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arlene Gustafson; an infant sister;
brother, Robert Gustafson; sister-in-law, Dorothy Gustafson; brother-in-law and sister-in-
law, Roland & Dona Olderog; and baby daughter born into Jesus’s arms.


Children & Spouse: Annette & Brad McWhirter
David Gustafson
Tony Gustafson

Grandchildren & Spouses: Ashley & Matthew Dornhoff
Brittany & Keith Faimon
Chad & Kayla McWhirter
Colton McWhirter
Great-Grandchildren: Brayden Dornhoff
Brekkan Dornhoff
Adelynn McWhirter
Bennett Faimon
Blake Dornhoff
Atley Faimon
Ava McWhirter