Richard “Rich” C. Gust , age 81 years, of Kewaskum was called home to be with the Lord on February 22, 2021 at Kathy Hospice surrounded by his loving family.
Richard was born on April 16, 1939 in Abbotsford to Carl and Erna Gust (Rucks). He was united in marriage to Marilyn M. Pederson on May 28, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend.
Richard graduated from West Bend High School in 1957. He was in the Army Reserves for a short time and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. Richard worked at the Gehl Company in West Bend for several years. He and Marilyn owned and operated the Dick Gust Agency representing American Family Insurance in West Bend/Kewaskum for 30 years and retired in 2001.
Richard dedicated his life to the Lord through his many leadership roles within the local Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and their local congregations and schools. The time he spent with his family – (children, grandchildren, and those adorable “greats”) during the most recent years, were the delight of his days. He treasured and thanked the Lord for them all.
Those Richard leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Marilyn; two children, Robin (Floyd) Ross and Randy (Lynn) Gust; five grandchildren, Richard (Sara) Ross, Michael (Jessica) Ross, David (Brittany) Gust, Andrea Jungers, and Katherine (Christopher) Hosbach; seven great-grandchildren, Alaina Thomas, Alexandra and Stephen Ross, Liam and Henry Gust and Charlotte and Lorelai Hosbach. He is further survived by sisters, Inez Schwoch, Bernadine Faul, Carol Ehnert, and Faith Gust as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger Gust and David Gust; three brothers-in-law, Elmer Schwoch, Charles Faul, and Robert Ehnert and two sister-in-laws, Elaine Gust and Carol Kieckhafer.
A Celebration of Life Service for Richard will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (6869 Wildwood Road, West Bend, WI 53090). The family will greet relatives and friends from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service.
A private committal service was held on March 2, 2021 at Lutheran Memorial Park in Kewaskum.
Richard’s family extends their heartfelt appreciation to Pastor Darren Knoll and Pastor Clark Schultz for their spiritual care and guidance, and to the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital and Kathy Hospice for the loving care they provided.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Richard’s arrangements. Please consider signing our online guest book (www.myrhum-patten.com) to share your condolences with the family. Cards addressed to the family may be sent in the care of Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, 1315 W. Washington Street, West Bend, WI 53095.
Psalm 100:2 - Serve the Lord with gladness.
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