Richard Henry Gustafson
Richard (Dick) Gustafson died at age 85 in Spokane, Washington, on July 26, after an accident on his ATV near Pendleton. He was too injured to survive the trauma, and passed peacefully in the presence of his immediate family.
Dick was born in Burns on January 17, 1934, to Reginald Alexander Gustafson and Georgia E. Frye Gustafson. His birth mother died shortly after he and his twin sister were born. He was raised by his stepmother, Georgia McCreath Gustafson, after a family move to Portland. He graduated in 1951 from Franklin High School, and then attended Vanport College and Portland State College (now PSU), before graduating from Oregon State College (now OSU) in Pharmacy. While at OSU he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. At OSU, Dick met Joyce Rae Meyersick from Pendleton, and they were married on August 5, 1956. He died just 10 days short of their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps, and attained the rank of Captain. Dick joined his father in the family's Errol Heights Pharmacy in Southeast Portland. He had grown up being a soda jerk and delivery boy in the store, so it was a natural move. Father and son worked together until Reginald retired on his 80th birthday. Dick purchased Westmoreland Drug on the northeast corner of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Bybee Boulevard, and continued his Southeast Portland community pharmacy career until retiring in 1996. In 2007, he was very proud upon receipt of his 50 year certificate as a Registered Pharmacist, as his father had before him. He was active in the Oregon State Pharmacists Association and the Portland Retail Drug Association, and was awarded Pharmacist of the Year in 1996. Dick was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and the Flyfishers' Club of Oregon, and was active in the Boy Scouts. He was very proud when his sons and grandson became Eagle Scouts, and both granddaughters earned their Gold Awards in Girl Scouting.
Dick loved the outdoors. His interests included: fishing, hunting, camping, scuba, cycling (he rode Cycle Oregon several times), and international travel. His favorite hunting dog was a springer spaniel named Simon. He fished all over the world (Mongolia, Argentina, Christmas Island, Brazil, Cuba, Russia, and Belize), as well as on the Deschutes, Klickitat, and Columbia Rivers and at his pond at the family vacation home and farm in Trout Lake, Washington. He climbed Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens (before it erupted in 1980), but said "I found neither a trout lake nor a bar at the top", so he stopped mountain climbing. Dick was famous for "gus-isms" - "No job is too small to hire out" and "it is always better to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble" and "you don't get to pick 'em [family]; you just get to love 'em".
He is survived by his wife, his sons Kenneth Edward and Thomas Richard (Katherine Jean Schroeder), his grandchildren Clara Joyce (Alex Bodaken), Anna Catharina and Peter William Gustafson, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Reginald Leland ("Lee"), and his twin sister Diann Evelyn Newstrum.
A memorial service was held on August 10, 2019, 1:30 pm, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock, followed by a celebration with food and pictures at the Multnomah Athletic Club in downtown Portland. In Richard's memory, donations may be made to the Cascade Pacific Council Boy Scouts of America, 2145 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201 or Meals on Wheels People, 7710 SW 31st Avenue, Portland, OR 97219 or a charity of your choice.