Mr. Raynold Howard Rasmussen (1924 - 2009)

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Funeral services for Raynold Howard Rasmussen, 84, were conducted by Pastor Kathy Wicks on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Exira Lutheran Church in Exira. Interment will be in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery west of Exira. Casket bearers will be Richard Lauritsen, Jerry Lauritsen, Todd Madsen, Tom Hill, Ben Fahn, and Chad Sorensen. Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.

Raynold Howard Rasmussen, the son of Knud and Karen Jorgensen Rasmussen, was born Oct. 27, 1924, at his parents' home near Atlantic, and died Sept. 3, 2009, at the Exira Care Center in Exira, at the age of 84 years, 10 months, and 6 days.
Howard was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. He attended rural schools in the Audubon and Exira areas, then helped operate the family farm. In 1942, he was inducted into the U. S. Army. During his tour of duty he served as a cook in the African and European Theaters. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to help operate the family farm and operated a bulldozer for Raymond Nelsen and others building dams and terraces.
On Oct. 26, 1948, he was united in marriage to Elaine Miller at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They operated farms in Guthrie County and Audubon County before purchasing their farm west of Exira. They raised livestock and grain and in addition to farming Howard was employed at Emmert Manufacturing in Audubon for many years. Howard operated a bulldozer for Missouri Valley Limestone Company for several years. He retired from farming in the 1980's. During retirement Howard enjoyed fishing, working outside on his farm and especially enjoyed having coffee and cookies. Howard enjoyed playing his accordion and piano and enjoyed company. Howard was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, then transferred to the Exira Lutheran Church.
Preceding him in death were his son David Rasmussen; his son-in-law Larry Faga; his parents; his brothers: Leroy Rasmussen and Donald Rasmussen; his brothers-in-law: Donald Rose; Bruno Lauritsen and Harold Madison and his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Hans C. and Lydia Miller.
Survivors include his wife Elaine Rasmussen of Exira; his children: Sherri Faga; Debra and Keith Fahn and Julie and Jim Hoffman, all of Carroll; Kristi and Steve Reed of Genoa, Neb.; his grandchildren: Cindy and Matt Marchese of Lake Peekskill, N.Y.; Chad Sorensen of Exira; Ben Fahn of Carroll; Jessica Fahn and Jennifer Fahn, both of Ankeny; his great-grandchildren: Paige Sorensen and Dawsen Sorensen, both of Marne; Amanda Marchese of Lake Peekskill; his brother Lloyd Rasmussen of Boston, Mass.; his sisters-in-law: Gwen Rasmussen of Hollsopple, Pa.; Rozelle Madison of Audubon; and Wanda Rose of Omaha, Neb.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2009