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Eugene A. Custer, age 82, formerly of Lansing, St. Johns, and Rock Lake (Vestaburg), passed into Glory on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in Grand Rapids.

The son of Donald & Olive (DeBoer) Custer, he was born in Lansing on April 24, 1928 and was a graduate of Everett High School, Lansing. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he then worked and retired from Michigan State University, East Lansing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kate (Hartsell) Custer; his beloved parents; a sister, Marlene Terburg; and a sister-in-law, Nettie Custer.

Surviving are his sons, Larry (Vicki) Custer of Grand Rapids, and their four children and two great-grandsons, and Doug (Yvonne) Custer of Lansing; a brother, Wayne Custer of Vestaburg, eight nieces and nephews and their families, and the Hartsell family.

Visitation is Monday, April 25th from 12-1 p.m. in the chapel of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. with military honors rendered by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Pastor Dean Wheeler of Ressurrection Life Church will officiate and burial will take place privately in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eugene’s memory may be given to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Eugene’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements were entrusted to the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Anonymous on April 21, 2011 at 12:00 am


    01/03/2012 –

    Carrie Lanczynski

    Dear Family of Gene, my sincerest condolences. I only today found out about his passing. I’m the granddaughter of Elda Hartsell and went to visit him over the years with my father before Gene moved to Grand Rapids. I was actually hoping on taking a drive down today when I found out the news.

    Your father introduced me to mushrooms sautee’d in butter and garlic (which I would have never touched without his coaxing); He gave me a plaque with a poem of John Donne on it – For Whom the Bell Tolls (which I’m feeling heavily right now); and most importantly, he taught me by example what it was to have personal class.

    I’ve thought about your father much over the years, and will continue to over my life, I’m sure.

    My deepest sympathies,

    04/25/2011 –

    Ifedapo Sonuga

    Dear Larry,
    I would like to express my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
    You and your family are in my prayers.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Ifedapo M. Sonuga

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