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Arthur Lloyd Gustafson

July 12, 1938 ~ January 3, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Arthur Gustafson Obituary

Arthur "Art" Lloyd Gustafson, age 85, returned to the loving arms of Jesus on January 3, 2024, with his beloved and devoted wife of 57 years by his side.

Art was born July 12, 1938, to Harold J. and Hilma M. (Salvesen) Gustafson in Oak Park, Illinois. He lived in St. Charles, Illinois, since 1970, when he and his wife, Karen, bought and restored the historic seven-acre Whitney homesteaded property built in the 1890s on Burlington Road where his daughters spent their idyllic childhoods frolicking in the fields, exploring the historic barn, and playing with their ponies and many cats throughout the years.

Art was raised on his family's farm. He never finished high school nor earned a high school diploma, but from an early age, he displayed a unique aptitude for all things mechanical. In 1961 at twenty-three years of age, he founded his first business, Alloyd Packaging, in his garage. By 1966, he designed and built the first-ever fully automatic six-station rotary blister sealing machine, which quickly became the industry standard, thus elevating Art to "pioneer" status. As it grew, Art moved his business to a chicken coop on his brother's farm, then to an industrial building in West Chicago, and finally to the old Cyclone Fence industrial building on Pleasant Street in DeKalb, Illinois, where he employed over 300 people with quality jobs and careers. A self-taught engineer, Art designed and built premier heat-seal packaging machinery. He expanded his business to include the design and manufacturing of quality blister and clamshell packages and the thermoforming machinery used to form them. Art set the bar high in the packaging industry to which the competition strived to simulate. Alloyd Packaging expanded to include manufacturing locations in City of Industry, California, and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Art sold Alloyd Packaging in 1989 to "retire.”  He spent the next couple of years farming soybeans on his hobby farm on the corner of Route 47 and Burlington Road in Elgin, Illinois. But alas, he grew restless and bored with "retirement” and thus Algus Packaging was born in 1995 as he re-entered the industry that he so profoundly influenced for decades. His goal, as always, was to seek modern and innovative was to improve optimum performance, efficiency, and quality of his products for the sake of his customers. Art was concerned about the customers success and wanted to provide them with the most efficient and best performing machines and plastic products. Sharing his highest work ethic, nothing gave Art more joy than to see his customers successful and happy. He bought the old Del Monte industrial complex on Taylor Street in DeKalb, Illinois, and later, a second building on Peace Road in DeKalb as the company grew. Again, he employed hundreds of people, providing them with quality jobs and career opportunities. There, he designed and built state-of-the-“Art" heat-seal machinery, thermoformers, and blister and clamshell packages for countless products that are seen on store shelves everywhere, every day. Art donated one of his custom Algus heat-seal machines to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago where it continues to be on display in the Toymaker 3000 exhibit on the main floor of the museum.

In addition to his distinctive reputation as a successful businessman, Art and his wife enjoyed blessing others through their active hands-on support of several Christian causes, humanitarian organizations, and local Christian schools through their involvement with work projects, volunteerism, and advocacy, hoping to inspire others to be generous with their time, talents, and donations, as well. Art wanted God to be honored in all that he did

Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, inventor, entrepreneur, pioneer: Art is survived by his adored and beloved wife Karen Joy (Kupfer); his daughters Joy Elane (Jason) Walsh of Las Vegas, NV and Jill Nadine Gustafson of St. Charles, IL; grandchildren Rhiannon (Robert) Schulman, Zachary and Calvin Bauer; and great-grandchildren Lillian and Philip Schulman.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, sister Audrey Keun, and brother John H. Gustafson, Jr.

Visitation begins at 9:00 a.m. and memorial service is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Chapelstreet Church, 2300 South St. in Geneva, IL, and is open to the public.

Private burial will be at Whitney Cemetery in Campton Hills.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Aurora Christian School, 2255 Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL will be much appreciated.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home, Geneva, IL. For more information 630-232-8233 or www.malonefh.com.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
January 13, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Chapel Street Church, South Campus
2300 South Street
Geneva, IL 60134

Memorial Service
Saturday
January 13, 2024

10:00 AM
Chapel Street Church, South Campus
2300 South Street
Geneva, IL 60134

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