Carl Rudolph Gustafson, the son of the late Carl and Jennie (Johnson) Gustafson, was born on May 14, 1921, in Nelson Park Township of Marshall County, near Karlstad, Minnesota. He grew to manhood there and graduated from Karlstad High School in 1940. His grandparents, Sven and Clara Gustafson, were founding member at Karlstad Baptist Church and pioneer immigrants from Sweden. His father died in 1924, leaving Jennie to raise four small children. Rudy worked on the family farm until entering the U.S. Army in 1944. He served in Japan as a mechanic. Following his discharge, he returned to the farm near Karlstad and in 1947, built his present home in Karlstad for him and his mother. He worked as a mechanic for Urbaniak Implement in Kennedy and also was employed by several area farmers. He was a welder on pipelines and on the Iron Range. Rudy worked on road construction as a mechanic building Highway #59 and # 75. He took pride in construction of scale models of steam engines, and was a life member of the Rolaag Steam Threshers Association. Rudy was a frugal man and very inventive in building various pieces of farm equipment over the years. He had only resided at the Karlstad Memorial Nursing Center in Karlstad for one day when he passed away unexpectedly there on Thursday evening, January 19, 2012, at the age of 90 years, 8 months and 5 days.
He is survived by one sister: Margaret Swanson, of Karlstad; one brother: John Leonard Gustafson, of Spokane, Washington; in addition to several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, one sister: Elna Johnson, and nephews Clinton and Byron Johnson.