Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gustof Otto Fajerson, United States Army Veteran

Gustof Fajerson passed away on November 5, 2010 at the Central Texas Veteran’s hospital in Temple, Texas, at the age of 65.

Gustof, known as “Smoky” by his family and friends, proudly served his country as a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army.  He was a Vietnam Veteran.

Gustof was a “biker”, as are his family members.

On November 18, 2010 his family rode their motorcycles from Italy, Texas to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas for interment service with military honors.

Waiting at the Columbarium of the cemetery were Patriot Guard Riders holding American Flags around three sides of the committal shelter.

The United States Army Honor Guard rendered the military honors.  The bugler played taps, and an American flag was folded into the traditional triangle and presented to Gustof’s family on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful nation, as thanks for his dedicated service.

Gustof’s cremains were then sealed into a niche of the Columbarium wall as his family gathered around and the Patriot Guard Riders piper played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

At the top of the hill, the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jorene, two sons and their wives, eight grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Herald Democrat for biographical information.

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