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Howard O. Rasmusson

Howard O. Rasmusson
Fargo, ND

Howard Owen Rasmusson, 87, Fargo, ND, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2008 in the MeritCare Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Fargo.

Howard was born on January 30, 1921 to Marvin and Magda (Thompson) Rasmusson in Osnabrock, ND. As a young man he was active in sports, band and scouting. In 1939, he graduated from Osnabrock High School. He attended Wahpeton State School of Science before enlisting in the Army Air Force during WWII, where he was trained as a pilot. On July 1, 1944, he married Pearl Storebo of Finley, ND in Clovis, NM. He was sent overseas where he flew a B-29 in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, they farmed near Sarles, ND for 50 years. Howard and Pearl spent several years traveling and wintering in Arizona. They later moved to Fargo, where Howard found great joy in woodcarving and turning, forming new friendships with fellow carvers who blessed his life.

Howard was very involved in civic activities, serving on the church, school and hospital boards. He was also county book mobile president, republican precinct committeeman and a candidate for the ND House of Representatives.

He leaves behind two sisters, Avis (Stan) Olson, Fergus Falls, MN, Geneva (Robert) Waind, Fargo; brother-in-law, Jack (Lois) Klai, LasVegas, NV; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Jim) Henshaw, St. Petersburg, FL; daughters, Camille (Jim) Nickeson, Veblen, SD, Deb (Butch) Schuler, Grand Forks, ND, Lyndi (Mike) Nielson, Provo, UT, Sandy (Irv) Glanville, Mandan, ND, 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl, his parents, sister, Lois, brother, Jim and brother-in-law, Gerhard Storebo.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at the V.A. Medical Center, Golden Living Center in Moorhead, MN and those who cared for him at MeritCare Hospital, North and in the Palliative Care unit.

He will be laid to rest at the ND Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan, ND.
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Memorial Service: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 at 2 in Lutheran Church of the Cross, West Fargo, ND
Burial: North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND

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