Herbert Rasmussen, age 82, of Storm Lake, died April 12, 2010 at Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.
Funeral services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Visitation was on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia with Military Rites.
Herbert Dale Rasmussen, son of Neils and Roseale (Leopold) Rasmussen, was born April 6, 1928 in Cherokee. He was baptized and confirmed in the Cherokee Lutheran Church, and attended Cherokee County rural schools for his elementary education before graduating in 1947 from Aurelia High School.
Herb was employed after graduation,and then in 1951 he joined the United States Army. While in the Army, he trained at Fort Riley and Fort Sam Houston. Herb served as a medic in the Korean War and was awarded many medals of honor. Herb was honorably discharged in December of 1952, and then attended Chillicothe Business College in Missouri for one year.
On July 16, 1955, Herb was united in marriage to Patricia Keller at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. Together they were blessed with three daughters: Lori, Lisa and Stacey.
Herb was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, a member of the Elk's Lodge, the VFW and American Legion Post. Farming was a huge part of Herb's life, and he especially enjoyed tending his cattle/calf herd. Herb had a strong work ethic. The family made many memories while helping Herb put in and take out the crops, bale hay, and walk beans, where there was always time for "just one more round" before dinner!
Herb's family cherishes some of his favorite one-liners, "SAVE," "BEHAVE," and "Where's Patsy Big-Deal?"
Herb and Pat enjoyed spending many winters in Texas. There, they spent time dancing at Pepe's, socializing with friends, and volunteering at local schools. They also enjoyed retirement in Storm Lake, boating on the lake and relaxing at their home.
In his final two years, Herb resided at Buena Vista Manor, where he developed an extended family with the staff. His biological family are very thankful to them for the genuine care and compassion they showed Herb.
Herbert was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Robert Carl Rasmussen; and his uncle, Chris Rasmussen.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Pat of Storm Lake; his daughters, Lori Droegmiller of Dakota Dunes,Lisa and her husband Steve Hathaway of Kingsley, and Stacey and her husband Roger Tiefenthaler of Early; his grandchildren, Adam Droegmiller and Abby Droegmiller; Christina Macklem; Nicholas Morgan; Adam, Sarah, Laura, Michael, David and Anna Tiefenthaler; 10 great-grandchildren; his cousin, Fritz and his wife Rita Rasmussen of Denmark; and many nieces, nephews and friends.