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Steven Carl ‘Gus’ Lawson

Steven Carl ‘Gus’ Lawson


WANBLEE, S.D. – The funeral for Steven Carl "Gus" Lawson, 58 of Wanblee, South Dakota, formerly of Missoula, will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Zion Reformed Church in Amherst. Visitation will be one hour preceding the funeral at the church.

Gus passed away as the result of a car accident near Ferney, South Dakota, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

The Price Funeral Chapel of Britton has been entrusted with his arrangements.

Gus Lawson, born Nov. 1, 1955, to V. C. and Claire (McLaughlin) Lawson, was raised in Detroit, Michigan. After attending Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan, he moved to Montana, a place that he would forever call home. He received his bachelor's degree in education at Montana State University in Bozeman, but he would always fondly recall his days with the National Forestry Department in Montana.

Gus moved to Blythe, California, where he worked as a teacher in special education and met his best friend and wife Lynn Vietor. They were married on December 22, 1989 in Britton, South Dakota. Soon after, they began a career teaching overseas. They taught in Tabuk and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; and Seoul, South Korea. They formed their way of life by teaching in these countries and traveling extensively.

In 2007, they returned to the United States and settled in McMinnville, Oregon, where they opened the International Community School. Bringing an international experience to students in the U.S. had always been a desire of his. Their school was open to both local and international students ages K-8.

This past spring Gus joined Lynn who had taken the position of principal at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee just over a year ago.

In addition to being an avid explorer he was an educator who also had a passion for learning from others. Gus enjoyed people of all walks of life and had the gift of gab. If he could use his experiences to help others he wouldn't take no for an answer. He loved paragliding, cooking elaborate meals, fiddling and spending time with his family which included long walks with Nelly (the family dog).

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Lynn Lawson of Britton; three daughters, Emily, Claire and Abby Lawson; two brothers and three sisters, David (Lynn) Lawson of North Carolina, Doris (Lynden) Gerdes of Minnesota, Paul (Natasha) Lawson of Oregon, Maryann (Mike) Smith of Florida, Victoria (Ken) Davis of Tennessee; his mother-in-law Donna Vietor of Britton; and many nieces, nephews and family members.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and his father-in-law, David Vietor.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at

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