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Daniel "Dan" J. Rasmussen

March 27, 1959 ~ July 25, 2019 (age 60)


Daniel “Dan” John Rasmussen, 60 of Cotesfield, Nebraska died on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at his home. 

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elba.  Father Rayappa Konka and Father Richard Piontkowski will be presiding.

Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Dan was born on March 27, 1959 in Ord, Nebraska to Robert and Nila (Yax) Rasmussen.  He received his education at Elba High School.    He married his wife Michele (Rich) Rasmussen in 1982 in Lincoln, Nebraska and had just celebrated 37 years of marriage on July 24th.

Dan purchased his first farm at the age of 19 and continued his love of farming throughout his life. 

His many hobbies included hunting with the Reeve’s and Craig Beck, collecting antique guns and ammunition.  He enjoyed classic cars.  A phone call or a visit from Charlie Oltjen always brightened his day.  He was an avid reader of westerns and military books.  Dan also enjoyed all the local farmers and the numerous agrimens planter clinics in the shed.   The highlight of his life was being “Papa” to his 3 grandsons.  He referred to each one as his “Buddy!”

Dan was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elba, Ducks Unlimited, and the NRA. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Michele Rasmussen of Cotesfield; daughters, Lindsey Rasmussen (Kevin) and Brandi Olsen (Jarod); grandsons, Austin, Reid, and Rylan; sisters and brothers-in-law,  Sandra and Kevin Bredthauer of Iowa Falls, Iowa, Kay and Chris Philpott of Hoosick Falls, NY, and Kim and Mark Oliva of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY;  numerous nieces, nephews, and special cousin, Mitch Dzingle.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Bob & Nila Rasmussen; infant brother, Terry Rasmussen; sister, Linda Rasmussen; and close friend, Mark Reeves.

While Dan “Dano” will be deeply missed, he will be forever present in the many hearts and lives he had touched. 

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July 31, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home
St. Paul, NE 68873

Memorial Mass
August 1, 2019

10:30 AM
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Hwy 11
Elba, NE 68835

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