Iris Gust

iris gust
Iris Mae Gust, 77, of Fargo, ND passed away at Sanford Health, palliative care, on July 31, 2019. Iris was born on August 23, 1941 to Joe and Evelyn Wilt at their home in Mahnomen, MN. She graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1959. She married Donald Gust in April 1974 and they made their home in Fargo. Iris worked at the Theta Chi Fraternity and the Teamsters Union Hall. Iris and Don loved to travel seeing all 50 states before his death in 2001. She loved to play Bingo, Farkle and card games. She is survived by her step-daughters, Diane (Terry Smeby) Reveling, Barbara (Kim) Booth, grandchildren, Jeff Reveling (Lisa Odegaard), Michael Reveling, Kathryn (Joe) Brannan, Adam Booth and Megan Booth. She is also survived by 9 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sisters, Gladys McFarland, Bloomington, MN, Rosella Kolrud, Fargo, ND and brother, Lyle (Liz) Wilt, Turtle Lake, MN. She leaves behind her special nieces and nephews, Joanne and Arden Lemley, Larry and Brenda Freyholtz, Edward Wilt and Trish McLaughlin, Richard and Laurie Wilt, Dean and Penny Jallo, Arlen and Cheryl Jallo, Lorie and Brenda Jallo, Ted Wilt, Clifford and Ana Wilt, Jeanette and Paul Stock and great nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her faithful companion, Lucky. Iris was preceded in death by her husband Don, her brothers Edward and Clarence and sister, Marcella. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 5, 2019 with visitation 1 hour before the service at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. Burial will take place on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Mahnomen, MN. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. To sign the online guestbook, go to

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  1. Very sad to hear about Iris. There are so many memories. I remember her chasing Craig A. Around the kitchen. She was always there to talk too? Sit and have coffee and play cribbage. Iris is a legend.

    Robert Tavis ’81

  2. There is sadness in her passing, but my relationship with “HOOT” was one which makes me feel like she would not want pity or mourning for her. A great lady with thick skin to put up with all the tests and trials that came with being such a fixture at Theta Chi all those years. The challenge, really, is to make such an impact on so many lives. Just like she did.

  3. Iris was an incredible woman with a big heart. She was able to show us Theta Chi’s how to deal with all types of personalities. She never seemed to have a bad day & always enjoyed playing cribbage and whist with us. Rest In Peace Iris – you will be missed!!

  4. I will miss you, Grandma Iris! I am so sorry I won’t be there for the memorial service. You were always a good Grandma to me and great-grandma to my son, Gunner. We will both miss you very much. Love you!

  5. I always loved starting my days in college by having coffee with Iris. She always called me Bergiedoodles. There couldn’t have been anyone better than Iris to cook for and put up with a bunch of fraternity boys. God Bless you Iris.

  6. So sad to hear this. Iris was a wonderful lady with a great sense of humor. It was always fun to beat her in cribbage.

  7. Such a sad day for myself my Theta Chi brothers to hear of Iris’ passing. There could not have been a more perfect lady to be the cook in our Fraternity. She was our cook, but also our friend, our Mom away from home, and our Dreamgirl. Just hearing Iris’ name brings a smile to the faces of all who knew her along with a flood of wonderful memories. These memories will live on with us. I have a feeling we created many wonderful memories for Iris too when I think of all the “events” occurring while she was there. Thank you Iris for teaching me cribbage! RIP Iris.

  8. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Iris was a very nice lady, and such a great neighbor. She always stopped to say “Hi”. She will be greatly missed.

  9. My heart, prayers & condolences go out to Iris’s Family & Friends. Knew Iris through my Family & Teamsters. She always greeted us with a warm smile & was such an awesome lady. Great memories of her. Blessings+ 🦅

  10. My deepest condolences to the Gust family. I have such warm memories of Iris, as do hundreds of my Theta Chi brothers. I am truly grateful for the good Iris brought into our lives. Iris helped make us all better men.

    Iris, rest in peace. You will be missed. I’m sure some of the men of Theta Chi that have passed have a cribbage board and a deck of cards waiting in a corner of Heaven.

    Kyle Blake ’89

  11. Iris was a true angel and Mother to so many of us at the Fraternity. We shared so many Morning coffees, afternoons watching soap operas and every time I’ve played cribbage these past 36 years, she was in my fond memories. It will be more sad days, when I will not be sending her Birthday & Christmas cards.
    She will be greatly missed.

  12. Iris was a living guardian angel. She listened and gave advise to so many Theta Chi’s. We shared so many hours of coffee, soap operas and cribbage together. I also enjoyed working with her at the Teamsters. Iris taught me cribbage and everytime I play cribbage over the past 36 years, she gave me fond memories.
    Thank you Iris for being a big part of our lives.

  13. When I heard of Iris’ passing, it was with sadness, but oh so many good, good memories came back!! And instantly put a smile on my face. She has touched so many young men through her years at Theta Chi. I remember singing the Dream Girl song to her and she would get very emotional. I think she really enjoyed her time with us, as we definitely did with her. She thought of us as her boys. I will miss her.

  14. As many of my Theta Chi brothers have already mentioned, she was our second mother during our college years. A constant in our lives during the school year, and someone we always looked forward to seeing again when the new school year started. I always enjoyed her stories about her travels and concerts she attended. Every time I made it back to our yearly reunion I always hoped Iris would be in attendance and enjoyed catching up with her when she was. I am so very glad I had a chance to talk to her in 2018 and was able to catch up with her.

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