Donald Rasmussen


DAVIS JUNCTION – Donald Rasmussen, 89, of Davis Junction, passed away on Aug. 22, 2019, at home, one day short of his 90th birthday. He was born on Aug. 23, 1929 in Monroe Center to Peter and Teressa (Alexanderson) Rasmussen.

After graduating from Monroe Center High School in 1947; he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a radio operator on submarines from November 1948 to December 1952. Returning to Monroe Center he married Mary Alice Bennett on Jan. 30, 1953 at her family farm. She preceded him in death on June 15, 2000. He worked as a maintenance electrician for 19 years at Sundstrand followed by 20 years at Chrysler until he retired in 1993. He enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, woodworking, college basketball, and Chicago Bears football games.

He is survived by his children, Robert (Joan) Rasmussen of Stillman Valley, Richard (Valerie) Rasmussen of Homer Glen, Steven (Angela) Rasmussen of Monroe Center, and Malinda (Joshua) Kobes of Ottumwa, Iowa; 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and special friend Berniece Brace.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

The family would like to thank his wonderful neighbors for their help and friendship over the year and his hospice nurse Sheila.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Stillman Valley with Pastor Randy Snider officiating, with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial was at Monroe Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are established for Serenity Hospice and Home. To leave an online condolence visit