Sheri Gustafson

December 16, 1972 - August 4, 2022

Service: A Celebration of Sheri’s Life will be held at a later date.

Sheri Gustafson, age 49, of Phoenix, AZ (formerly of Canton, SD) died Thursday, August 4, 2022 in Flagstaff, AZ due to a motorcycle accident.  A Celebration of Sheri’s Life will be held at a later date.

       Sheri Lynn was born on December 16, 1972 in Sioux Falls, SD to Richard and Linda (Thompson) Gustafson.  Sheri graduated from Canton High School in 1991 and later earned a associates degree from Colorado Tech.

       Sheri was a hard worker who was currently working as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for GPAC.  When she was not working, Sheri enjoyed 80’s rock & roll music, traveling, riding her motorcycle, and playing with her dogs, Lucy and Beast.  Family was her passion and she treasured time spent with them.  She was a proud mother and grandma (Peanut).

       Sheri is survived by her children, Ashley (Cordell) Muilenberg, Jessica (Brett) Davelaar, Caleb (Shannon) Ekle and Kaylee Ekle; grandchildren, Hadlee, Kaden, Bentley, and a grandson on the way; her parents, Richard “Gus” and Linda Gustafson; brother, Stephan Gustafson; sister, Dawn (Jeff) Jacobs; significant other, Zach Wagner and his family; along with numerous other extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents and aunts, Debbie DeGroot and Cindy Hougen.


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  1. Audrey Abbott on August 5, 2022 said:

    Linda, Gus, Dawn & family!
    I am so sorry to hear of Sheri’s passing. I can’t believe it. I remember that little girl running around, I don’t think she ever slowed down, saying” bing, bing, bing,” getting the nickname of “ binger.
    So many memories. My heart breaks for all of you.
    May god wrap his arms around each of you & give you strength.
    In the coming days may the memories you all have & share bring comfort.
    You are in my thoughts & prayers.

    1. Gus on August 5, 2022 said:

      Thank you Audrey! I can’t rap my arms around it yet but its real ! The good thing was she was killed instantly by a truck turning a corner he never seen her and was a 2 left turn lane and he didn’t swing wide enough and ran right over her killing her right away! Life is cruel some times i hated that damn bike when she bought it but she had too be like her daddy and ride when i had mine she loved it! Thank Audrey little BINGER IS WITH JESUS NOW🙏❤️

  2. Billy Sauers on August 5, 2022 said:

    So sorry, she was so happy getting the new bike, I also ride and feel so bad for the family, former Cantonight myself, best wishes, Billy

  3. Mac And Carol McEntee on August 5, 2022 said:

    So sorry to hear this. Our sympathy and prayers to the family. Mac And Carol. McEntee.

  4. Shawn Sandnes on August 5, 2022 said:

    Thinking of you all, prayers for comfort and celebration of a beautiful woman.
    Steve and Shawn

  5. Tami Rikansrud on August 5, 2022 said:

    Sheri’s family, you have my deepest sympathy during this time. I will miss seeing photos of her & her bike. May she Rest In Peace.

  6. Cary wellman on August 5, 2022 said:

    We are so sorry for your loss..your family is in our thoughts and prayers…I have many memories with sheri from when we were in school and when we used to hang out .

  7. CARLA MCMURRY-KOZAK on August 5, 2022 said:

    Sheri’s Family- So many memories… We will cherish them all and continue to share them with others as we lift our dear Sheri into the arms of our Heavenly Father and Savior. She was like another little sister to me and I am sure we razzed her, tormented her, but always loved her. She has always been a free spirit–loved by many. We love you all, Carla (Macky), Doug, Ben, and Emily Kozak

  8. Lori Livermore on August 5, 2022 said:

    I am truly sorry for your loss my prayers and sympathy are with you and her family

  9. Tammy and Bock on August 6, 2022 said:

    Gus,Linda and family, Bock and I were so sad to hear this. Our hearts were broken for all of you. Sheri always had a smile and a love of life. She loved her family so much! Never a time when we talked to her that she didn’t talk about her family and the love and pride she had shone bright. She knew what she wanted and went after it. We are praying for you all and your hearts that hurt so deeply. Nothing can prepare a parent or child for this but we know God will wrap his arms around each one of you and hold you when you need it. Her legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren. Love and hugs to you all.

  10. Robin Salen on August 6, 2022 said:

    Linda, Richard and family; this is almost unbearable news. I cannot believe this to be true.
    So sorry for loss.
    I have almost no words but tears.
    I love you all

  11. Stacey (Brown) Cleverley on August 6, 2022 said:

    To Sheri’s family: I have so many memories of slumber parties and fun times with Sheri. I moved to Canton when I was 9 & moved the summer after our a junior year of high school. We stayed in touch over the years & caught up at one of our class reunions – 20th maybe? I will be holding you all in prayer for this devastating loss for everyone. She lived big & loved fiercely. I pray she did not suffer. Big hugs to you all❤️

  12. Chad and Valerie Esche on August 6, 2022 said:

    To all the family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you all!! This is so tragic. My husband, Chad went to school and graduated with Sheri. I met her at the class reunions she set up. We became Facebook friends and stayed in touch. I always enjoyed visiting with her. Chad and I are so saddened by her loss. She was a wonderful lady!! Prayers, Chad and Valerie Esche

  13. Melissa Swier on August 6, 2022 said:

    Sheri family and friends I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a great person and will be greatly missed by so many. Prayers during this difficult time.

  14. Tanna Gries on August 6, 2022 said:

    To the family of Sheri, my heart is broken for all of you. She was a woman with a zest for life and although it was cut short, she lived it fully. Godspeed, Sheri. Tanna and Todd Gries

  15. Ila Torkelson on August 6, 2022 said:

    Oh Gussie and Linda. I am so very sorry. I pray that our good Lord will wrap his loving arms around you both and give you the strength you need for the coming. days. Hugs to you borh.

  16. Tina Ingebrigtson on August 7, 2022 said:

    Sending you all prayers of comfort. My deepest sympathies. Tina Ingebrigtson ( Ericksen)

  17. Wanda Heibult on August 7, 2022 said:

    Sheri always had a smile and was a good friend to all. She will be greatly missed! Please accept my family’s sincerest sympathy and prayers.

    Wanda Heibult
    CHS Class of 1993

  18. Sue Johnson on August 8, 2022 said:

    So very sorry to Sheri’s family for their loss. And what a loss! Fly high Sheri you are so missed by many already.

  19. Brenda Hanson on August 9, 2022 said:

    Linda and Gus you have our deepest condolences , Sherri was amazing friend and I enjoyed running in to her before she move Arizona Rip Sherri