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Dwight Trump Kuster Sr. | The Gazette

Dwight Trump Sexton Sr.

Cedar Rapids

Dwight Trump Kuster, Sr., 88, died peacefully on the evening of December 28 surrounded by his family after a long battle with dementia. He lived at Living Center West for four and a half years, where he received excellent care. His visit will be on Saturday, January 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a funeral service immediately following.

Dwight was born on May 26, 1934 in Burlington, Iowa. He was the second of ten children born to Zachary and Jeanette (Trump) Kuster. As the eldest son of a large family, he carried a lot of responsibility from an early age. He was a paperboy for the Burlington Hawkeye and gave his parents money to help out. He made sure the family had a Christmas tree every year. He had courage and strong values ​​and was a mentor to his siblings.

Dwight was a proud teammate on Burlington High School’s 1951 State Football Championship team. He graduated in the spring of 1952 and later that fall married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine Minthorn. He worked at his father’s gas station in White Acres, selling baked goods door-to-door. He was a fantastic salesman, honest, hardworking and conscientious.

Dwight took classes at Burlington Junior College and then went north to Cedar Rapids where he began a successful career in the life insurance industry. Dwight’s first opportunity was with Metropolitan Life; Selling policies and collecting premiums and was quickly promoted to sales manager. He began Chartered Life underwriter courses and passed all the rigorous testing requirements to earn his CLU designation in 1980.

After 20 years at MetLife, he next became agent general for National Life of Vermont, then regional vice president at Ohio National Life in Omaha, Nebraska. Ten years later, Dwight and his family returned to Cedar Rapids, where he opened his own agency, Kuster and Associates, and was named Eastern Iowa General Agent for Central Life of Iowa.

At the age of 58, Dwight retired and began to enjoy the fruits of his life’s work. Gerry and he traveled the world. Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Tahiti and various other US states and cities. They wintered at a golf course community in Diamondhead, Miss., for 21 years.

Dwight loved golf and played five holes in one in his lifetime. “After the first three or four, you kind of get used to it,” he used to joke. He had a fantastic sense of humor, a big heart and was a natural leader. He was actively involved with Habitat for Humanity, was a Paul Harris Fellow at Rotary International, past president of the Sertoma Club, and past president of the Elmcrest Country Club, all in Cedar Rapids.

Dwight was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Mary (Levins), Sandra (Finnegan), Dean and Doren, and brothers-in-law James Eastburn, Michael Finnegan, and Patrick Levins.

Dwight is survived by his 70-year-old wife, Gerry Kuster; his children Dwight (Ellen) Kuster Jr., Pamela Kohll and Jennifer (Matt) Young; his brothers Tom (Jeannie) Kuster and Dennis (Joyce) Kuster; his sisters Deborah Eastburn, Karen (Larry) Eickmann and Jan (Frank) Hennenfent, sisters-in-law Sherry Kuster and Linda Kuster, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends.

Instead of flowers, consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org, or perhaps have a steak dinner with family and friends. Raise a glass and toast in honor of Dwight. He would like that.

Online messages of condolences can be sent to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.

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