Ernest Rasmussen, 81, died of Pulminary Fibrosis Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Durham, NC.
Ernie was born to the late Nels and Orva Rasmussen May 28, 1932 in Laverne, ND. He graduated from Valley City HS in North Dakota in 1952, and received a certification in book keeping from Chilicothe Business College in Chilicothe, MO in 1951. Ernie married Marilyn Kneeland March 23, 1952.
Ernie was employed by General Motors in Detroit, MI until he retired in 1985, when he and Marilyn moved to her home town of Chariton, IA.
Ernie was an active member of First Lutheran Church and Lakeview Country Club. He and Marilyn sold their house in Chariton and spent many winters traveling the country. Ernie spent his summers golfing and playing cards with his friends at the country club. In 2012 Ernie and Marilyn moved to Durham, NC to be with their children and grandchildren.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn, five children, Dianne Bolden of Des Moines, Debbie Rasmussen, Dawn DeMonia, Dave Rasmussen (Jenny), and Dennis Rasmussen (Stacy), and two granddaughters, Maggie DeMonia and Olivia Rasmussen, all of Durham, NC. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Etzell, of Valley City, ND, and many nieces and nephews.
Because Ernie had a Celebration of Life in 2007 he wished to have no services at this time. In lieu of flowers donations may directed toward the Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061 or to First Lutheran Church, 1004 Curtis Ave,Chariton, IA 50049. The services were under the direction of Fielding Funeral Home located in Chariton, Iowa. On-line condolences maybe left at www.fieldingfuneralhomes.com.