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Charles Duane Gustafson

November 10, 1950 ~ February 28, 2018 (age 67)
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Charles Duane Gustafson, 67, of Prudenville passed away on Wednesday February 28, 2018 at home.

Charles was born on November 10, 1950 in Ironwood, Michigan to Charles and Lena (Chiaravalle) Gustafson. He grew up in the Ironwood area and graduated from St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Charles worked as an Inspector for General Motors for over 32 years before his retirement. On June 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Charles was married to Valerie Lynn French. Charles was a member of the FAD Club and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, golfing, and woodworking along with wood carving.

Surviving Mr. Gustafson are his wife, Valerie Lynn Gustafson of Prudenville; a son, Kevin Gustafson of Grosse Pointe Woods; two daughters, Jennifer Gustafson of Grand Ledge, Rosina Switras of Flint, step son, Gabe (Melissa) Watkins of FL; two step daughters, Jennifer (Donnie) Duttine of NY, and Theresa Smith of Clinton; ten grandchildren, Jordyn, Dylan, Kiera, Lilah, Jonah, Kristie, Devin, Sarah, Taryn, and Ben; sister, Christine (Steven) Kaderlik of Ironwood; two nephews, Zachary Kavinsky, and Jacob Kavinsky both of Ironwood; aunts, Florence Gustafson of Cedarburg, WI, and Luce Chiaravalle of Burbank, CA; several cousins, Paul (Rita) Volley, Robert (Deborah) Volley, Kim (William) Rich-Large, Paul(Eva) Chiaravalle, Robert (Lori) Gustafson, Nan Hoepfl, Lynn (Bob) Conklin, Rod (Mary Ellen) Gustafson, Pam (Joe) Kuker, and Nancy (Todd) Grossklaus. Charles was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services for Charles Duane Gustafson will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday March 8, 2018 from Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel with Pastor Ted Voll officiating.  Visitation will be held on Thursday March 8, 2018 for one hour before the service time. Memorial contributions in memory of Charles are asked to be directed to Children's Miracle Network, 205 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 or at Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel is serving the family. Condolences can be sent to the family online at

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