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Edward Holger Rasmussen, the son of Holger Thorvald and Mary Hansina (Hansen) Rasmussen, was born March 6, 1931 in Hampton, Iowa. Ed graduated from Latimer, Iowa High School in 1949. He served his country in the United States Army. He attended Grandview College and received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. He later went on to receive his master's in science from the University of Iowa.
He was united in marriage with Norma Mae Gehling on August 4, 1962 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Norma preceded him in death. Ed worked as a science teacher for the Newton school system. During the summers he worked for Pioneer Seed Corn Company where he supervised hybrid corn inspection. On February 14, 2001 Ed was united in marriage with Bonnie Lee (Henze) Mikutis. Ed loved his family and attended as many family functions as he could. He enjoyed agriculture, managing the family farm, traveling, socializing, dancing, encouraging others, polka music, politics and bocce ball. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.
Ed died on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at his winter home in Mesa, Arizona. He was 81 years old. Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Norma on February 16, 1999; and many aunts, uncles and in-laws.
Those left to honor Ed's memory include his wife, Bonnie of Newton; his daughters, Carla (Brian) Houck of Concord, NH and Mary Lynn (Nabil) Fayoumi of Naperville, IL; his step son, Mark (Janet) Mikutis of Kellogg, IA; his brother, David Rasmussen of Brookline, MA; his four grandchildren and five step grandchildren; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many extended family.
The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 2, at the Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home in Newton. A public vigil service will begin at 6 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 3, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton. Memorials may be designated to the Newton Senior High Science Department.
Pence - Reese Funeral Home
310 North 2nd Avenue East
Newton, IA 50208
Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 2, 2012