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Leonard Gustafson

Born: Tue., Oct. 28, 1941
Died: Sat., Mar. 24, 2012


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 26, 2012
Location: First Baptist Church of Somerville

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., Mar. 26, 2012
Location: First Baptist Church of Somerville

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Leonard Gustafson, Jr.

Howard Leonard Gustafson, Jr., resident of the Oakland Community, husband of Carolyn Gustafson and retired Registered Piano Technician departed this life Saturday morning March 24, 2012 at his residence. He was 70 years of age and died following an extended illness.

Services of Remembrance for Mr. Gustafson were conducted at 2 PM Monday, March 26th, at the First Baptist Church in Somerville with Dr. Ken Story, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment was private. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center – West Chapel of Oakland.

Mr. Gustafson was born October 28, 1941 in Memphis, the son of the former Mavis Mildred Irby and the late Howard Leonard Gustafson. After receiving his high school education, he received both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Memphis. He was married August 3, 1963 to the former Carolyn Fitts of Memphis, who survives.

Mr. Gustafson was a self-employed Registered Piano Technician in the Memphis area before his retirement last year. He had been a resident of the Oakland Community for the past 16 years and was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Somerville. Mr. Gustafson will be remembered as a person who loved gardening and woodworking. He was an outdoorsman and a multi-talented person who enjoyed natural sciences and teaching of Sunday School through the Nursing Home Ministries of his church.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Mr. Gustafson is survived by one daughter, Wende Gustafson of Orlando, Florida; one son, Howard L. Gustafson, III (Sarah) of Texarkana, Arkansas; his mother, Mavis Crutchfield of Memphis; one brother, Carl Gustafson of Memphis; and three grandchildren, Matthew, David and Benjamin Gustafson.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Somerville First Baptist Church, 12685 South Main St, Somerville, TN 38068.



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Steve and Kathie Lunsford
   Posted Tue March 27, 2012
Carolyn, Wende and Howard,
We are continuing to lift your family up in prayer, praise and supplication.
What a blessing your previous husband and dad was to us while we were in the Tenessee area.
Leonard restored our piano beautifully. Carolyn did sewing for us and we still remember the previous times on Sunday evening when we studied God''s word together.
What a day that will be when we ALL see Jesus!!
Lots of love, grace and peace,
Steve and Kathie Lunsford

Lucy Van Zandt
   Posted Sat March 31, 2012
I''m so sorry to hear about Leonard. He was a joy to know and a wonderful piano technician. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Lucy Van Zant

Maryann Morrison
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Gustafson''s death. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. Leonard tuned our piano several times and I feel blessed to have known him and to have had the opportunity to speak with you on the phone. You are both such wonderful people and I am thankful that our paths crossed in this life. May God bless you always.

Mark Gustafson
   Posted Thu September 13, 2012
Mrs. Gustafson (and family),

I am Leonard's cousin (Uncle Neil's son). I know this is a very belated condolence but I just learned of Leonard's passing when I went online just now to get his contact information. I had not seen Leonard in a very long time (perhaps at my father's funeral close to ten years ago??). I was going to hire him to tune a family piano if he was still doing that. I also just let my mom, Mildred Nichols Gustafson, know about his death. She also sends her condolences. I am very sorry for your loss and will add you and your family to my prayers.

Mark Gustafson

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