Gust Elmer Pesola was born on Sept. 13, 1923 at home in Leaf Lake Township, rural Ottertail. His parents were the late Charles and Sanna Maija (Saranpaa) Pesola. Gust attended country school at District #134 North in Leaf Lake Township. He resided and farmed his entire life in Leaf Lake Township. Gust always enjoyed a cup of coffee while visiting with family and friends and would spend time in the woods preparing for winter cutting wood. On Oct. 27, Gust passed away at the Elders' Home in New York Mills, at age 89. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Gust in death were his parents; brothers, Bill, Eino, Marvin and Emil (Janet) Pesola; sisters, Ilmi (Melvin) Rousu, Irja (Melvin) Ollila and Mayme (Melvin) Hagel.
Gust is survived by his sister, Ida (Neil) Grout of Seattle; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 31 at Assembly of God Church in New York Mills with Pastor Larry Bessler officiating. The pallbearers were Terry Keskitalo, Dale Keskitalo, Evan Pesola, Daniel Pesola, Mason Perala and Nick Hoyhtya. Military honors were provided by the Charles D. Center VFW Post 3289 of New York Mills and the Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard, Moorhead, Minn.
Arrangements were with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills. Tributes may be posted online at karvonenfuneralhome.com.