Gustafson, Richard Paul

Gustafson, Richard Paul

September 7, 1935 – October 23, 2017
Age 82 of Stillwater. Volunteer at Century Community College and a 30-year veteran of the IBM Corp. As a mentor, he especially loved helping and knowing students from many countries. Born and raised in NE Minneapolis, he graduated from Edison HS and the U of MN. Dick did two tours in the U.S. Army, including in 1962 after the Berlin Wall was built. He and his wife, Joanne, were married 55 years and have two childrendaughter Kristin Tengwall (son-in-law John) of Woodbury and son John Gustafson of Dallas. Dick was a proud grandfather of five Nicholas, Hannah, Claire, Collin, Katherine. He felt blessed by his supportive family during a five-month battle with lung cancer. A systems engineer in the computer industry’s early years, Dick and his family lived in Golden Valley, MN; Atlanta, GA; and Rochester, MN. After IBM, Dick worked in Olmsted County’s Community Corrections Dept. He and Joanne then spent four years on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids before settling in Washington County near their children. A community volunteer, Dick served Golden Valley on the Human Rights Commission and the Police/Community Relations Committee, Haverhill Township near Rochester on the Planning Commission, and Grand Rapids on the Reif Arts Board. After moving to the east metro, he was on Washington County’s Community Corrections Advisory Board and MPR’s Citizen’s Council. A family day of community service and remembrance is planned for late Spring. Memorials to Doctors Without Borders or your local Food Shelf are preferred. (Published in the Star Tribune on November 11, 2017).