Ohio retailer, industry leader Nils Gustavson dies at 75

LANCASTER, Ohio — Nils Gustavson, president of retailer Colonial Heights Furniture here and a longtime industry leader, has died at 75.

He was a native of Sweden who immigrated to the United States and eventually to Lancaster, where he met Kay Vance Gustavson, who would become his wife of 52 years.

He joined Colonial Heights Furniture, a family business, in 1968. He was a past president of the Ohio Home Furnishings Assn. and a member of the executive committee of the National Home Furnishings Assn. According to a report in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, he was also a founding member of the Furniture First buying group.

Gustavson also held leadership positions in a number of local civic, business and charitable organizations.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, a sister and a number of extended family members. His son, David Gustavson, continues to run Colonial Heights Furniture.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairfield County Foundation, PO Box 159, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.

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