William Charles, “Charlie” to family and friends, was born September 21, 1937, in Jersey Shore, PA, a son of the late Henry and Sarah (Koch) Gustafson. He was a graduate of Jersey Shore High School and continued his education receiving an Associate degree in drafting from the former Williamsport Area Community College.
Charlie was a talented carpenter. He worked as a self-employed contractor and will be remembered for the many houses he built throughout Pennsylvania. In later years he operated a plant nursery and raised Christmas trees at his home in Elysburg before he and Elaine moved to Canton and built a home.
On Jan. 26, 2002, he married the former Elaine Bovier in the East Canton United Methodist Church. Charlie was an avid hunter who enjoyed the outdoors. He was known for his strong will and work ethic, working as long as his health would permit him. Charlie was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church and the Watsontown Masonic Lodge No. 401 F&AM.