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Otto L. Rasmussen

February 16, 1922 — April 9, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, April 27, 2019 ~ 10:30 AM

Sacred Heart Church, Manilla, Iowa


Reverend Paul Nguyen

Mass Servers

Conner and Michael Collins

Lector  & Eucharistic Minister

Virginia Rasmussen

Gift Bearers

Travis and Nicole Olberding


“You are Mine” Recording      “One Bread One Body”

“Gift of Finest Wheat”     “Song of Farewell”

“One Day At A Time” Recording by Merle Haggard

Sacred Heart Choir     Barb Baker Organist    

 Urn Bearer

Denny Rasmussen

 Interment With Military Honors

American Legion Post 132

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3517

American Legion Post 22     U.S. Navy Honor Guard

Mount Olivet Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa

      Otto L., son of Peder and Karen (Steineke) Rasmussen, was born January 16, 1922 in the Stegemann house in Manilla, Iowa. He attended Manilla schools through the ninth grade and then went to work for his father at Rasmussen Lumber Company.

      From August 26, 1941 to December 20, of 1946 Otto served with the U.S. Navy. He took basics at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Chicago, Illinois. He then served as a 3rd Class Gunner’s Mate for three years on the U.S.S. Memphis in Brazil and then on the U.S.S. Pittsburgh in the Pacific. Upon receiving his honorable discharge he returned to Manilla, Iowa and continued his lifelong work as a cabinet maker for the Rasmussen Lumber Company.

     On July 22, 1950 Otto was united in marriage with Hazel I. Foxhoven in Manilla. Two children were born to this union. In 1956 they built their own home in Manilla. On January 16, 1984 Otto retired from the lumberyard. Otto and Hazel then spent their winters in Texas and Arizona.  They enjoyed traveling in their camper, going square dancing and ballroom dancing. Otto also enjoyed woodworking (especially a toy chest and a child sized table and chairs), fishing, playing cards, golfing, reading books, riding his bicycle and having coffee at the Country Store, as well as attending many, many sporting events at Manning and Manilla.

     Throughout the years Otto was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Manilla, Manilla Fire Department, Manilla American Legion Post 132 and Manning Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3517.

      On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Otto passed away at the Manilla Manor Nursing Home in Manilla at the age of 97 years, 2 months and 23 days after a very short stay.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Diane Rasmussen in 1997; three brothers: Bob (Vivian) Rasmussen; Jack (Ellen) Rasmussen; Leo (Grace) Rasmussen; five sisters: Mable (Warren) Prosin; Elna (Lucian) Bender; Anna (Harold) Justice; Betty (Bob) Harvey; and Doris (Kenneth) Loeffelman.

     Otto is  survived by his wife Hazel Rasmussen of Manilla; a son Dennis (Rose) Rasmussen of Manilla; two grandsons: Jeff (Susan) Rasmussen of Gulfport, Mississippi; and Kurt (Tara) Rasmussen of Omaha, Nebraska; four great-grandchildren: Devon, Christian, Casey and Chance; sister Carmen Heck of Bella Vista, Arkansas; sister-in-law Ethal Defenbaugh of Harlan; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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