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Chapin E. Gustafson

    Update: Chapin Gustafson funeral will be a private family funeral only due to concerns with the coronavirus. The funeral will be streamed live through the United Lutheran Church Facebook page. Below is a link to the church facebook page.


     Chapin E. Gustafson, 80, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020 at Bethany on 42nd in Fargo, ND. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer and Masonic Service at the United Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the United Lutheran Church or the Crohns and Colitis Foundation at 2217 Highway 36 W, Roseville, MN 55113.

     Chapin E. Gustafson was born January 16, 1940 at Grafton, ND to Clifford and Nora (Lofthus) Gustafson. He grew up in Adams, ND, where he graduated from Adams High School, then attended Mayville State College. He then returned to Adams, where he worked at the family car dealership. He moved to Cavalier where he worked at the First State Bank until his retirement. Chappy married Shirley Johnson and together they had one daughter, Sharyl “Shari” Ann. After his retirement he worked for area farmers and also at the Askew Funeral Home.

     Chappy was a member of the Tongue River Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, the 49’ers and Kem Temple Shrine, and Order of the Eastern Star. He also enjoyed golfing and was the treasurer of the Cavalier Country Club for over 30 years. While a member of United Lutheran Church, he served on the church council and was active in other church functions. Chappy lived life to the fullest and enjoyed close connections with many people.

     He is survived by his daughter, Sharyl “Shari” Gustafson, Moorhead, MN; grandchildren: Anthony Herbel and Camilla Herbel; his longtime companion, Janet Greenwood and her family, Cheryl (Reid) Hegland and Bryan (Darrilyn) Greenwood and their children, Amia and Jon. He is also survived by his siblings: Merle (Marjorie) Gustafson, Deanna Knudson, two nephews and three nieces.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, one nephew, and one brother-in-law.

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Mats, Chappy always looked forward to seeing you also. You were a great help to him and I thank you for your kind attention when we were at your clinic.

Janet Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM

So sad to learn of Chappy's passing. He was one of my favorite clients at the acupuncture clinic and I looked forward to seeing him and Janet for their appointments.
Best wishes to Shari and all his love ones.
Mats Sexton, L.Ac.

Mats Sexton Mar 22 2020 12:00 AM

Pastor Richards, Thank you so very much for remembering my Dad. I will never forget your kind spirit and how my Dad looked to you for peace and guidance.

Shari Mar 19 2020 12:00 AM

Oh Shari, I was so taken when I heard of Chapin passing away. My heart goes out to you and your family. Do take care in this time of loss. God is with you. My prayers are for your comfort and health.

David Lubbers Mar 19 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Chapin Gustafson

Adam Greisman Mar 18 2020 12:00 AM

We knew Chappy through Masonic and Shrine events over many years. He will be remembered for his continuous support and friendship as well as his great personality.

Darrel and Susan Schrader Mar 17 2020 12:00 AM

Chappy's Family, Chappy was always a guy who met you with a smile. His quiet self was one that people looked up to. His involvement in the community was an important part of his life. May the memories/stories you all share bring comfort and strength. Our deepest sympathy, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Mar 16 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Chapin Gustafson

Shirlene Breidenbach Mar 15 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Chappy. He was always so friendly, will miss seeing him at the Country Club. Sympathies to family and friends.

Linda and Mike Busse Mar 15 2020 12:00 AM

Janet, sorry for your loss. Chappy had many health challenges thru the years and just kept on going and you were a great help in his journey. May your many memories give you comfort.

Rita Vaughn Mar 15 2020 12:00 AM

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