Sheri Gustafson

December 16, 1972 - August 4, 2022

Service: A Celebration of Sheri’s Life will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Canton Barn (28079 481st Ave. Canton, SD). 

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 on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Canton Barn (28079 481st Ave. Canton, SD).

       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. Dawn Luckett on August 9, 2022 said:

    Sheri was a great person. She was a great care giver and I counted my self lucky to have. RIP Sheri you wl be deeply missed

  20. 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

  21. Linda Severson on August 11, 2022 said:

    Gustafson family, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.May God give you strength.

  22. Jen Iwerks on August 11, 2022 said:

    The loss of Sheri has left a hole in many of our hearts. Yep, we got in our share of trouble together back in high school, but we always had fun and had a new story to tell and memories were made. Having her spend time at my lake home, her keeping me posted on the happenings of other cantonites and those she cared deeply about. I remember stopping in and spending time with her when she was still very pregnant with Ashley, sitting at the food court at the mall for impromptu therapy sessions when life was a bit more difficult for her (little did I know I really needed those sessions too!), running into her bowling, attending the same parties, my list could go on and on. She even talked me into joining Facebook when we lost another friend many years ago. She said then she could always know how to find me if needed. This isn’t fair. This isn’t right. Yes, I am being selfish and she was doing something she absolutely loved, but it has left many of us devastated. We may not have been able to see each other all the time, but when we did, it was like we didn’t miss a beat. Sheri, thank you for being my friend. Thank you for sharing your parents with all us crazy classmates. Thanks for bringing amazing humans into this world who have since brought in your beautiful grandbabies. I will miss you forever. ~j~

  23. Patty and Craig Dittberner on August 11, 2022 said:

    Gus and Linda and family,
    Just wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending hugs and so much sympathy for your loss. Patty and Craig Dittberner

  24. Karen on August 12, 2022 said:

    Dear Friends and Family of Sheri, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I did not know her, but I just discovered we share the same birthdate, a few years apart. I didn’t witness the accident, but I passed the site about ten minutes after it happened. First responders were already on the scene, but it was obvious she was already gone. I’ve been thinking of her quite a bit these past eight days. I don’t mean to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to learn a little about her. Your tributes to her are so wonderful. May you all and Sheri find peace.

    1. Linda Gustafson on September 8, 2022 said:

      Dear Karen I am Sheri’s mom. Thank you for your kind words. She was an amazing daughter and so loved life. This has not been easy on her family but with Gods continued help we will make it thru this. Thank goodness we have so many great memories of her.

  25. Johnson Feed on August 16, 2022 said:

    Dear Gus, Linda & Family, We just want you to know that you are all in our thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time of your lives. Sheri was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed. God Bless all of you!
    With Love & Deepest Sympathy, From your JFI Family

  26. Mick & Sonja on August 16, 2022 said:

    Gus, Linda, Dawn & Family, We were so deeply saddened to hear of Sheri’s sudden passing. Sheri was a beautiful person and always had a smile whenever you saw her. She was like a little sister to us and we will cherish all the great memories we had with her. She will be greatly missed! May God be with all of you and help you through this most difficult time of your lives. Sending you lots of Love, Hugs & Prayers! God Bless you! With Love & Deepest Sympathy, Mick & Sonja