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Mannon Gustafson, age 78, of Colby, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013 at his home in Colby. A funeral service will be held 11:30 AM Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the First United Church of Christ in Colby. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 10:30 AM until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in the Colby Memorial Cemetery.


Mannon was born September 7, 1934 to Helmer and Alice (Thess) Gustafson in the Owen-Withee area.  He attended Bee Hive Grade School in the Town of Green Grove and was a 1952 graduate of the Owen-Withee High School. After graduating high school Mannon entered the US Army and was honorably discharged on Nov. 4, 1959. He worked for the Laabs Cheese Factory for a while and in the early 1960’s he began to work for Packaging Corporation of America in Colby retiring in 1998. Mannon was joined in marriage to Marilyn Fitzel on September 30, 1961 at the First United Church of Christ in Colby.


He enjoyed hunting, going fishing, gardening. trapping and meeting people.


Mannon  is survived by his wife; Marilyn of Colby, daughters; Sherry Fitzel of Marshfield, Rosalie (Gene) Voda of Maple Lake, MN and one son; Lorne Gustafson of  Prentice, grandchildren; Alicia Voda, Kyle Gustafson, Brandon Voda, and Adam Gustafson, brother; Franklin (Janalee) Gustafson of Colby and a brother-in-law; Galen (Diane) Fitzel of St. Paul, MN


He is preceded in death by his parents; Helmer and Alice Gustafson and mother and father in law: Ione and Adam Fitzel.


In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established at a later date.


The Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made to


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