James Lewis Rasmussen 95, of Mason City, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the MercyOne Hospice Inpatient Unit.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Craig Luttrell officiating. Interment will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 PM Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 North Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City. Memorials may be directed to the James Rasmussen Memorial Fund in care of the family.
James L. Rasmussen was born on March 19, 1924, the first born of Emma Caroline (Fedrickson) and Albert Lewis Rasmussen in rural Forest City, Iowa.
James grew up in the Crystal Lake area. He attended Crystal Lake area schools and graduated from Kensett High School in 1942. He attended Waldorf College in Forest City before entering the U.S. Navy. James attended the University of Wisconsin in the Navy Reserve Program and then was assigned to the Amphibian Service where he participated in the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a crew member of a new LST ship. James was a head quartermaster and head Helmsman and he steered the ship through the Panama Canal into the Pacific Ocean. He was discharged March 16, 1946.
James was united into marriage to Winifred A. Rasmussen on March 2, 1946. Jim and Winnie moved to Michigan and he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1947. They returned to Mason City and Jim began working for the Stockberger trucking business in management for 43 years.
Jim and Winnie were blessed with four children: Kristine Rasmussen, Steven Rasmussen, Caroline Dyer, and Rhonda Nelson.
Jim was a long time member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He was active in Wesley’s Men’s Club, served on several committees, and with his sister, Leona, organized Golden Age Bus Trips.
Jim and Winnie participated in Square Dancing for over 30 years, as well as ballroom dancing. They were a part of the Wigwam and Wagon Camping Club for many years. Jim was a past member of the Mason City Evening Lions. They also owned a cottage at Clear Lake for 30 years. Many good family memories were made from these activities.
James is survived by daughter, Kristine Rasmussen of Mason City; son, Steven (Bonnie) Rasmussen of Sunrise Beach, MO; daughter, Rhonda (Charles) Nelson, of Newton, Iowa; two grandchildren, Travis (Sarah) McCray and Echo (Jacob) Hartgers. He has 7 great grandchildren, Mason, Hudson, and Miles McCray, Kellan and Jace Hartgers and Aiden and Cael Austin. He is also survived by his sister, Verna (Jack) Ouverson; his brother-in-law Frank Weiss; and sisters-in-law, Vera Stockberger and Mary Lou Stockberger. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jim also enjoyed the company of special friend, Delores Ingersoll.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred A. Rasmussen; daughter Caroline Dyer; his parents and parents-in-law. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Wilma and her husband John Rickena; sister, Leona and her husband Lee Buffington; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Stockberger, George Stockberger; sisters-in-law, Viola Fisk, Ellen Weiss, and Betty Clarke.
Jim loved dogs and enjoyed the company of many dogs during his lifetime; he especially enjoyed his last dog, Teva.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
4:00 - 6:00pm (Central time)
Major Erickson Funeral Home
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Starts at 1:30pm (Central time)
Wesley United Methodist Church