James Stanley Gustafson went home to see the Lord on December 25, 2022. He was born December 22, 1937 to Victor Harold and Ida Gustafson in Gilroy, California. Stan will always be remembered for his gregarious nature and his ability to bring smiles to any room. As the owner of Turlock Health Foods he made a positive impact on so many lives. After his retirement he worked for Allen Mortuary for twenty-five years and also worked for Dream Limousine as a driver. He always enjoyed helping and being around people. He was an elder at the Turlock Church of Christ for many years having dedicated his life to God through his service. One of his great passions was singing and especially leading the song services at the church.
He was the public address announcer and volunteer for the Stanislaus State basketball teams for many years and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Stan should be remembered most for his dedication to his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara. In addition he leaves behind his children James (Lisa) of Arizona, Inger Risenhoover of Texas, and Derek (Keri) of Riverbank. Stan was very proud of his seven granddaughters Karinna, Lauren, Lilly, Savannah, Logan, Madison and Landry. He is also survived by his brother Wesley (Patty) Gustafson of Arizona, and his brother-in-law Ray Westmoreland of Modesto.
Visitation will be held at Allen Mortuary on Friday December 30, 2022 from 5:00-7:00p.m. Funeral will be held at Turlock Church of Christ, 801 N. Tully Road on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 10:00a.m.
Please share your memories at www.AllenMortuary.com.
Julie saysDecember 30, 2022 at 11:32 pm
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Barbara and her family during this very difficult time.
Seven years ago we moved next door to Stan and Barbara. From day one we’ve felt very fortunate to live next door to such a nice and wonderful couple.
Over the years we’ve had many conversations with Stan regarding his work, religion, our dog, his granddaughters and his love of sports.
We really bonded over our love for the San Francisco 49’ers! For the past couple of months, Stan has called or texted us after every game. We would discuss it and the players and how great it felt to have a winning team again! We really enjoyed those conversations and will miss them terribly.
Last week, we saw Stan for the final time and we promised him that we would remain 49’er Faithful for him and us!
Stan will truly be missed by so many, but we feel fortunate to have some wonderful memories of him.
Rest in peace Stan and we know you’re free of pain now. We’re positive that you’re either walking along a golf course right now or singing a song!
With deepest condolences, Julie & Larry Christensen
joanie445 saysDecember 28, 2022 at 11:05 pm
My prayers are with the family. Stan was such a wonderful christian and friend. He went above and beyond to help others whether it was a smile, a song, a prayer, a trip to Sacramento to bring my Daddy home when he passed or came to pick up my Mother when she passed staying with my sister and I with a prayer for us before taking her to Allen’s. There are so many times in my life I could count on him to be there for whatever I needed. He will be greatly missed but I am sure he is now with the Lord and with my parents and they are all rejoicing now and out of pain.