Edwin D. “Ed” Rasmussen

Edwin D. “Ed” Rasmussen

March 31, 1946 – October 1, 2021

Age 75.  Preceded in death by father, Sigurd, and mother, Lucille; brothers, Lawrence Rasmussen, James Rasmussen of Chicago; sister, Corrinne Houdek of Chicago.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jo Rasmussen; son, Mike Rasmussen (Ann); daughter, Karen Pelchat (Tom); grandchildren: Jessica  and Shawn Pelchat, Riley, Carter, Lucas, and Kira Rasmussen,; brother, Tom Rasmussen (Cathy); sister, Deanna Rasmussen (Jim Orlando); sisters-in-law, Jan Rasmussen and Mary Rasmussen; many nieces and nephews.

The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 6th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, Oct. 7th at 10am, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St.  Interment: Thursday, 1pm, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors.  The family requests masks for all services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation.  To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service, Mass, and Graveside Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Ed grew up in Cicero, Illinois, and joined the Air Force in 1968.  He trained at San Angelo, Texas Air Station where he met and married his wife, Jo.  Ed served tours in Pakistan and in Italy.  Ed earned an Associate Degree in Computer Program from Metro Tech, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from UNO, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UNO.  Ed retired from Physician’s Mutual Insurance in 2011 and spent his retirement years at UNO Hockey games and at soccer games and other activities with his grandchildren.


Ed volunteered at the Welcome Desk at St. Patrick Catholic School in Elkhorn where his grandchildren attended, as well as serving lunch at St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, also where grandchildren attended. Ed and his wife have been members of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha for 46 years.  In 1976 Ed began volunteering at St. Margaret Mary, helping count collections, stuff bulletins, and help with mailings.  Ed loved to golf and to watch his Cubs baseball, especially if they were winning.  He will be missed by many family and friends.




  • Julie Link Posted October 4, 2021 5:30 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, Jo. 52 years of marriage – Wow. That’s incredible. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time.
    -Julie Link (Pentis)

  • Amanda Hill Posted October 4, 2021 5:45 pm

    Mike, Ann, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please remember you may miss him a lot, you will forever have an Angel looking over you.

    Mandy and Chad Hill

  • Kari Borroel Posted October 4, 2021 5:49 pm

    Sending my love. I will miss Ed, but hope he is in a better place now. You’re in my prayers.

  • Paige Laughlin Posted October 4, 2021 5:50 pm

    I am so sorry. We will be praying for you and your family. Blessings and love.
    Paige and Kevin Laughlin.

  • Vickie Sheppard Posted October 4, 2021 5:52 pm

    He will be very missed by everyone in the family! I know you, Jo, and all his kids and grandkids will certainly have an empty space in your lives. But I am sure he is enjoying not being in pain any longer and is nearby during these days for you all. He was a good brother-in-law to me and I truly appreciated his straight-forward attitude! My heart goes out to you all. May God bless and comfort you.

  • Tylene Hopkins Posted October 4, 2021 6:06 pm

    I hv fond memories of Uncle Ed. His token spot and chair. How he’d always lick the one clean piece of silverware after dinner so it would hv to be washed with the rest. Or when he’d drive that old car of his, that he loved so much, and it didn’t matter where we sat in back, he’d always be able to reach back and find our knees in this death tickle grip. I wish I had been able to come visit more often but you all are always in my thoughts. I am so sorry he’s gone but know that he’s finally at peace. I love you guys and will miss my Uncle Ed.

  • Steve and Christy Kofoed Posted October 4, 2021 6:27 pm

    Jo, Mike and Karen, we are so very sorry for your loss! Our deepest sympathy to your entire family during this difficult time. We are praying for you all and know that Ed is surrounded by Jesus and you will forever have an angel watching and protecting you all until you can be reunited.

    Love, Steve, Christy, Max, Rae and Scott Kofoed

  • Shelly Ludwig Posted October 4, 2021 6:38 pm

    My condolences to the Rasmussen family. I am sorry for your loss.
    Prayers being said for all.

  • Michael Hopkins Posted October 4, 2021 6:49 pm

    I am forever grateful for having met Ed when Ty and I visited Ty’s Aunt Jo and Uncle Ed a few years back. Thoroughly enjoyed our conversations and his company. To Jo, Karen,and Mike, and the rest of the family….may God guide you through this time, knowing that his eternal life in Heaven should place peace and comfort an all who were touched by Ed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Michael & Ty Hopkins

  • Tammy, Paul, Logan and Delaney Olson Posted October 4, 2021 7:41 pm

    I’m so sorry to read about your loss. Your dad was such an active member of the school and such a great grandparent coming to the games. I remember chatting with him at the school desk so often as he freely gave his time to volunteer. My heart breaks for your family and I pray you will find some comfort in your memories of him. Thinking of all of you in this terrible time.

  • Shawn and Christine Posted October 6, 2021 8:27 am

    We are sorry for your family’s loss. Remember he ones we love are never gone; they live within our hearts.

  • Sam Romero Posted October 6, 2021 9:56 am

    AS I didn’t Know MR ED Rasmussen , i do know his Son’s .I have witness the willingness to help others , Value and moral encompass. That he has passed down .
    My prayers and condolences to the Rasmussen family

  • Lupini Family Posted October 6, 2021 10:28 am

    I have only slipped away to the next room.
    I am I and you are you.
    Whatever we were to each other,
    That, we still are.

    Call me by my old familiar name.
    Speak to me in the easy way
    which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.

    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed
    at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word
    that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effect.
    Without the trace of a shadow on it.
    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same that it ever was.
    There is absolute unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind
    because I am out of sight?

    I am but waiting for you.
    For an interval.
    Somewhere. Very near.
    Just around the corner.

    All is well. – H.Scott Holland

  • Chuck and Monica DeBates Posted October 6, 2021 7:15 pm

    Jo, Karen and Mike and family — We were so sorry to hear about Ed. You all are in our thoughts, prayers, and sypmpathy. Jo, we have so many special memories of both you and Ed — 50+ years of memories!!! You both have had a special place in our hearts and we will miss Ed a lot. Sorry we weren’t able to come for the visitation and funeral. We will have to get together sometime whenever Covid eases up. May God bless Ed and may God keep you, Jo, in his prayers.

  • Gerald Staples Posted October 8, 2021 7:55 am

    So sorry for your loss. God bless. Jerry Staples

  • Dobush Family Posted October 11, 2021 9:21 am

    We are very sad to hear of your family’s loss, our thought’s and prayers are with you.

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