Norman Gust

Norman A. Gust, agent, 82

Norman A. Gust died at his home in Lake Havasu, Ariz., on Feb. 3, 2002. He was 82 years old.

He was born on Sept. 19, 1919, in Bloomfield, Neb.

In 1937, when he was only 18, he accompanied his grandmother to Vashon Island from South Dakota. He became the ambassador for the rest of the family, who later migrated to the island to live and work in the Northwest.

It was on Vashon that he met his bride to be, Opal Fitchell. World War II came along and Mr. Gust went into the Army and served his country both at home and abroad. He served until Oct. 23, 1945.

Prior to his discharge, he married Opal on March 18, 1945. Their 56 plus years brought them much happiness, friends say.

Mr. Gust was employed in the plywood industry in his early life and later became an agent with State Farm Insurance in Beaverton, Ore. He made his niche as an agent until his retirement in 1984. In 1990, they chose Lake Havusu City to be their retirement city of residence. He was a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Lake Havasu.

Survivors include his wife, Opal, and three children: Douglas Gust of Milwaukee, Wis; Sharyn Larson of Lake Havasu City and Charlene Arnett of Medford, Ore., a foster daughter Dianne Johnson of Princeville, Ore., six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brother Earl and his wife Peggy of Banning, Calif.; three sisters, Lola Nass of Seattle, Ellen Chapman of Lake Havasu City, and Janice Tanberg of Sparks, Nev. Many cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

A sister Betty Larson died earlier.

There was a celebration of his life Feb. 8, in Lake Havasu City. Graveside services will be at a later date at the Vashon Island Cemetery.

The family respectfully requests donations be made to Hospice of Havasu.

Arrangements were made by Lake Havasu Mortuary.

More in Obituaries

Susan Nelson

Sue grew up on picturesque Vashon Island and graduated from Vashon High School in 1965.

Lynn Thompson Wilhoit

Lynn was a champion of those in need, always ready to support and encourage them.

Thomas John Kranjcevich II

Upon graduation, a year early, from Vashon High School, Tom joined the United States Navy.

Michael Patrick Emmons

Michael was a carpenter by trade and considered a star surfer, talented artistand honorable soldier

Kevin Michael Pottinger

July 28, 1956 — January 2, 2019 Faith, Family and Community defined… Continue reading

Lu-Ann Branch

She would tell you that adopting and raising her children was her greatest life accomplishment.

Thomas H. Winkel

As a young man Tom raced stock cars up and down the West Coast.

Donald Bryan Jacobs

Don attended Montlake Elementary, Garfield High School, and the University of Washington

Mariannina Petriello

She made her own wedding gown from the leftover silk fabric from WWII parachutes

Most Read