Obituary for Gordon Rasmussen

Gordon Arthur Rasmussen was born March 2, 1929, to Anton and Lillian (Braker) Rasmussen in Hazelwood (rural Northfield), Minnesota. He worked with farmers is the area, St. Olaf College and joined the US Army in 1948 at 19 years of age. He went to Military Police school in Oberammergau, Germany and was assigned to the 796th Military Police BN. He patrolled the streets of Vienna with the Austrian Police and International Patrol. They were portrayed in a movie “4 in a Jeep” representing Russian, French, British and American patrols. He was also On Guard at the American Embassy in Vienna. […]

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Gordon Arthur Rasmussen was born March 2, 1929, to Anton and Lillian (Braker) Rasmussen in Hazelwood (rural Northfield), Minnesota. He worked with farmers is the area, St. Olaf College and joined the US Army in 1948 at 19 years of age. He went to Military Police school in Oberammergau, Germany and was assigned to the 796th Military Police BN. He patrolled the streets of Vienna with the Austrian Police and International Patrol. They were portrayed in a movie “4 in a Jeep” representing Russian, French, British and American patrols. He was also On Guard at the American Embassy in Vienna. He was sent back to the U.S. and, pending transfer to Korea, was stationed at Camp Leroy Johnson, New Orleans, LA, where he met his future wife, Emelda. (He never went to Korea). After serving six years, he was Honorably Discharged in September, 1954 and came back to Minnesota. Gordon and Emelda were married in Minneapolis on October 8, 1955. They lived in Minneapolis, farmed in Hazelwood and moved to town (Northfield) in 1973.

For 34 years, Gordon was employed at Thermo King in Bloomington, retiring in 1989. Gordon was a coin collector, liked to fish, hunt, play cards and dance. His favorite music was classic country. He enjoyed attending the athletic and musical activities of his children and grandchildren. Gordon was member of the VFW, American Legion, Eagles and attended Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather.

His family includes Emelda; Kevin (Sheri), Matthew, Nathan of Washington; Darwin (Pamela), Brett, Emma, Nora, William of Lakeville; Amber, Teagan, Noah of Northfield; brothers Richard and Robert; and sister-in-law, Beverly. Deceased are brothers Gerald and Roger, sister Doris Barsness (Luther) and Jeannette (Al Lewandowski), and sisters-in-law Betty and Janet.

Gordon died on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Northfield Care Center.

Blessed be his memory which will continue for generations.

Services will be 2:00PM, Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community. Visitation will be one hour prior and a reception at the Parkview West Dining room will follow. Interment with Military Honors will be in Hazelwood Lutheran Cemetery, rural Webster.

Thank you to the staff of the Northfield Hospital for all their efforts in caring for Gordon from emergency room to CCU. Thank you to the caregivers at Northfield Care Center who gave Gordon excellent, compassionate care for the last three days of his life. God bless you all.

Memorials are preferred to Northfield Retirement Community, Northfield Community Action Center, Trinity Lutheran Church – Northfield.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

 

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Funeral

February 6, 2020 - 2:00 PM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Northfield Retirement Community Chapel
900 Cannon Valley Dr W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: February 6, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Hazelwood Lutheran Cemetery
Hazelwood Ave Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

5 Comments

  1. Donna & Bill Sorrell

    Our deepest condolences!

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  2. Neil Strader

    My condolences and prayers go to my Rasmussen friends. I have had the pleasure of working with Darwin for the last three years at McGuire Middle School. Darwin is a good storyteller when there is some free time available. He spoke about his Dad Gordy often with a smile on his face with obvious love and respect. Gordy sounded like a great person to be around with a big heart and care for everyone. There is no doubt Grody is in heaven now dancing with the angels. I lost my dad in August. I hope the two dad’s get together and laugh about their sons for a while. Let me know if there is anything I can do for the family.

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  3. Pat Matson

    My dearest Amber and family! My sadness for your loss is very real. My Joy for your dad is overwhelmingly real. He met Jesus! I’m praying for Peace and Love to surround you all. Good memories of a wonderful dad. You my dear are a wonderful daughter! I have felt your pain to faith to sadness to hope. Through this all you have been there. Hang in there darling, your daddy is home. A place we will all be one day! Praise God for His unfailing promises. I’m so sad to say I won’t be able to attend his service. As you know I am away at this time. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Holy Spirit bless this family as they grieve and rejoice at the same time! Love you Amber!

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  4. Mary Lindberg

    Emelda, Kevin, Darwin, Amber and families,
    Mick and I are so sad to lose a wonderful Uncle. It was always fun to see him and we will keep his memory alive as we look back on all the stories he shared. We are so sad to miss his funeral and give all of you a hug. Please know that we are thinking of you tomorrow. May he Rest In Peace.

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  5. Barbara Westerhouse

    Emelda and family,
    Very sorry for your loss. You may not remember us, but we bought your rural Northfield place in 1973. I lost my husband, Glen, 15 years ago. Please accept my family’s condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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