Arne A. Gustafson RUTLAND — The funeral service for Arne Alof Gustafson, 92, of Rutland and Hudson, Florida, who died May 16, 2021, was held Saturday, June 5, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland. The Rev. John Longworth, pastor, officiated. Olivia Boughton was the soloist. The musical director was Denise Andriscin. Bearers were Paul and John Gustafson, Justin Ferguson, Sean Grabowski, David and Paul Carlson. Military honors were performed. James Mills sounded taps; Ron Fairbanks presented the flag. Cairo Shriners held a prayer service Friday at Clifford Funeral Home. A reception followed at Southside Steakhouse.

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Dear Dad: My faith tells me that you are now in the hands of God and in the company of so many loved ones who have passed before us. Thank you for so many special memories. I will miss our “board meetings“ which took place on your outdoor Florida porch. We had so many nice conversations. You would smoke as we talked, which was pretty much right up until the end. I think your lungs must’ve had nine lives. I am grateful I was able to see you the week before your passing. You hadn’t been able to speak very well for a couple of days. I kissed you and said I love you. And I will treasure the memory that you responded by saying I love you too. And to my Florida mom Veronica: You are amazing. Thank you so much for loving my dad for nearly 30 years. You took care of him 24/7 graciously and without complaint, and were by his side as he passed. Rest in peace dad.

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