Russell D. Rasmussen, 87, of Grinnell, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at Mayflower Health Care Center in Grinnell.
Memorial services were held Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Carman Center of the Mayflower Community. The congregation sang, "How Firm a Foundation" and "He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought!" Pat Saxton sang a solo. Burial was in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Memorials are suggested to Mayflower Human Needs Fund or First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Born June 15, 1922, in Grand Island, Neb., he was the son of the late Peter and Laura Lee Higginbotham Rasmussen. On June 1, 1954, in Parkville, he married Mary Parker, who survives of the home. He graduated in 1940 from Hazard High School in Hazard, Neb. He attended business college for 15 months and then was drafted during World War II. He served as a squadron leader in the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 12th Armored Division. He served in the Battle of the Rhineland and the Battle of Central Europe. He was wounded and captured on Jan. 20, 1945, and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war in Stalags V-A and 317-6.
Following the war, he attended Park College in Parkville. He then went on to graduate from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He served briefly as a Methodist minister in Harlan, Ind. Later he became a United Church of Christ minister and served as pastor of United Church of Christ churches in Arrow Rock; Hiawatha, Olds, Gilman and Winthrop, Iowa; and Dubois, Ind. He retired in 1984 to Grinnell, Iowa.
He is survived by one daughter, Kay Wettlaufer and husband, Bruce, of Marshall; three sons, Mark Rasmussen and wife, Elaine, of Kansas City, David Rasmussen of Newton, Iowa, and Paul Rasmussen and wife, Becky, of Oakland Acres, Iowa.
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