Samuel Paul Gustafson

Samuel Paul Gustafson

April 9th, 2017 – October 14, 2017

Saumel Paul Gustafson, age 6 months and 5 days, died in his mother’s arms at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha Nebraska on October 14th, 2017. After struggling with a congenital heart disease, he passed gently into the arms of Jesus.

Samuel was born on April 9th, 2017 to Eric and Amber Gustafson in Omaha Nebraska. He was the younger twin to brother Frederic Daniel. The boys were an answer to a long-awaited prayer after years of infertility and loss.

During Sam’s brief visit here on earth, he enjoyed being read his favorite book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” or playing with his OBall toy. He also enjoyed being swaddled, listening to his rattles, and holding hands with his parents and grandparents.

Sam was loved by all who met him—especially the doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, where he spent the majority of his life. By the grace of God, he fought through many medical battles—including two septic blood infections, a run on ECMO, and several open-heart surgeries. His fighting spirit and “Sammy smiles” are part of his legacy.


Survived by parents, Eric and Amber; brother, Frederic; grandparents, Paul and Deb Conroy and Dan and Jennifer Gustafson; three aunts and four uncles; several cousins.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct 26th from 5pm to 8pm at the Wet Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd.  MEMORIAL SERVICE on Friday, Oct 27th at 11am at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave. in Omaha. 

Donations in Samuel’s honor are being accepted at First National Bank of Omaha-Sam’s Memorial Fund, with hopes of providing resources for the new Children’s Hospital Hubbard Center for Children and the cardiac intensive care unit.



  • Sherrie Anton Posted October 23, 2017 2:36 pm

    I am so sorry that you have to go through this tough time. May GOD wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace.

  • Debi Erdei Posted October 23, 2017 3:38 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’ll be thinking of you & praying for you all in the days to come. May the hope of heaven bring you peace. With hugs & love, Deb Erdei

  • Pastor James and Sylvia Johnson Posted October 23, 2017 4:10 pm

    Our hearts are heavy as we grieve with you the loss of sweet Sammy. We are lifting you in prayer asking God to pour over you His love, comfort and grace and that you will be blessed for your faith in Him.

  • Tracie Rief Posted October 23, 2017 7:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss, pray for Lord Jesus to comfort you at this time

  • Virginia Trotter Posted October 23, 2017 7:51 pm

    Thinking of u at this time of sorrow. If u have never read “Heaven is for real”, it would be a very good read. The little boy is from Nebraska and has grown up. He is now wrestling in high school He is about Tyson’s age. He describes heaven and some of his family he met. An awesome book. May Godbe with you in the coming days.

  • Raina Garcia Posted October 24, 2017 2:06 pm

    I know what a blessing it was for you to bring two beautiful babies into this world. You have been through a trying journey over the past 6 months and I truly had hopes for little Sam. My heart is heavy for your loss of such a sweet little angel … “Though words, however gentle cannot take your loss away. Still, we hope our prayers comfort you today.” With much love from Dave and me.

  • Carol Clausen Posted October 26, 2017 8:43 pm

    Amber and family. Jennifer Jahn is my sister. She kept me updated on Sam. His fighting spirit was inspirational. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Carol

  • Carol Clausen Posted October 26, 2017 8:46 pm

    Amber and family. Jennifer Jahn is my sister. She kept me updated on Sam. His fighting spirit was inspirational. Please know your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Carol

  • Jeff Wilson Posted October 27, 2017 6:00 am

    There are no words that are adequate. May there be comfort in knowing others are thinking of and praying for you all, in his twin brother and in knowing you will see Samuel again. — Jeff

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