830 South Colfax Street
West Point, NE 68788
Phone: 402-372-2022
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Gerald "Jerry" Gustafson

Thursday, January 20th, 1949 - Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
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Funeral services for Gerald "Jerry" Gustafson age 70 of West Point, NE will be held on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point, NE. Interment will be in the Westside Cemetery, rural Oakland, NE with a luncheon to follow at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point, NE. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will continue from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service, all at the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point, NE. The family suggests that memorials be directed to the family for future designation in Jerry’s name.

Jerry passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at his home.

Gerald Verne Gustafson was born on January 20, 1949 at West Point, NE to Merle and Lola Ruth (Lofgren) Gustafson. He attended Cuming County Rural School District #14 and graduated from West Point High School in 1967. Jerry received his B.S. and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.

On June 7, 1970, he was united in marriage to Cheryl Reimers at the Grace Lutheran Church in West Point, NE. Jerry worked in construction and at the Swine Testing Station at Clarkson, NE. He taught Agricultural Education at West Point High School for six years. Jerry was also an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance and Ed’s Insurance, and also served in many capacities at the West Point Super 8 Motel. He also drove bus for the West Point-Beemer School District for over 10 years. Jerry loved tending to his livestock, farming with his father, and especially the afternoon coffee breaks on the farm.

Jerry was serving as President of the Nebraska Limousin Association, served on the Westside Cemetery Board, was a former 4-H Leader, was a long time Division Superintendent at the Nebraska State Fair, and had served as a judge for 4-H, FFA, and FCCLA over the years.

Jerry loved most of all spending time with his children, their spouses, and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending Husker football games, he was always there to lend a helping hand, and there wasn’t anyone he met that he considered to be a stranger.

Survivors include-
Wife-Cheryl Gustafson of West Point, NE
Daughter-Lisa and Steven Groth of Monroe, NE and children-Ty, Hannah, Brooke, and Audra
Son-David and Melanie Gustafson of Columbus, NE and children-Quenton, Camden, Kortlin, and Cullan
Brother-Rodney and Carol Gustafson of Waverly, NE
Sister-Denise and John Kerschinske of Cedar Bluffs, NE
Brother-in-law-Monte and Jo Ellyn Reimers of Okemos, MI
Nieces and nephews also survive him.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents- Merle and Lola Ruth Gustafson, and a daughter-Lori Gustafson.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 6th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, October 6th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Minnick Funeral Home-West Point
    830 S. Colfax St.
    WEST POINT, NE 68788
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Monday, October 7th, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
    Minnick Funeral Home-West Point
    830 S. Colfax St.
    WEST POINT, NE 68788
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, October 7th, 2019 10:30am
    Minnick Funeral Home-West Point
    830 S. Colfax St.
    WEST POINT, NE 68788
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Westside Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Oakland, NE
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Rosa Reich

Posted at 08:40pm
So sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob Flittie

Posted at 01:04pm
To all of Jerry's family, please accept our sincere condolences. To Dave, your dad was so proud of you. I wish we had learned of your Dad's passing soon enough to attend his funeral. I treasure those years at West Point radio when you were an intern. You learned well. Your Dad raised you and your sister Lisa well. And to Cheryl, you and Jerry touched the lives of so many people. The gold in your hearts will live in others for generations. Gods' blessing to you all. -Bob & Tammy Flittie, Fremont. (I'm still at it: KHUB).

Jerry Wilks

Posted at 02:30pm
I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Cheryl and the family. RIP Jerry, you were a good father, husband and teacher when I worked with you at WPJSHS. The West Point community will miss you.

Sheri Wieden

Posted at 01:37pm
Cheryl and Lisa - so sorry to hear of your loss! I'm thinking of you and will say a prayer. Sympathies, Sheri Wieden

Tonya (Pick) Mortensen

Posted at 01:34pm
My condolences to all your family and friends. It's so hard to lose a loved one, but hopefully sharing memories together can help you through this time.
Lisa - I had no idea that Jerry is your dad! I've met Jerry multiple times over the years at the annual NCE Ag Ed banquet. Although he wasn't in the Ag classroom for as many years as I thought he was, he stayed in touch with all the Ag Ed folks and was always a great source of stories! Many years, the final "event" of our banquet is recognizing the retiring educators. Some teachers have been at one school for decades, some have moved into community college classrooms, and others have continued to work with Ag Ed through 4-H or other programs after leaving the school setting. Your dad always told the best stories about the retiring teachers! Stories from learning the ropes together as young teachers, stories from their college days and even some very entertaining stories of conference and convention trips. I will definitely miss hearing Jerry's stories.

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