Louis Dale Rasmussen
September 22, 1927 – June 3, 2019
Dale Rasmussen was born in a farmhouse outside of Coon Rapids, Iowa to Carl and Maude (Howell) Rasmussen. His father immigrated to America from Denmark in 1913 and his mother was also from Coon Rapids.
Dale graduated from Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Iowa. After high school, he served in the United States Coast Guard during the Second World War as a radar technician on the patrol frigates, USS New Bedford and USS Pueblo, and was honorably discharged on May 22, 1946.
He had two sons from his first marriage, Tom Rasmussen (Barbara) of Omaha, Nebraska, and Bill Rasmussen (Julia) of Idaho Springs, Idaho. In 1959, Dale married Helen Wright of Ogden, Utah, and they had one son, John Rasmussen (Christine) of Omaha.
Dale worked at the Omaha-based architectural/engineering firm, HDR, for more than 30 years before starting his own construction consulting business, RQC Consultants, Inc., in 1987. Notable projects include Omaha’s main post office, Eppley Airfield, Methodist Hospital, the Storz Expressway, the Lied Center for Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Lewis and Clark Landing in downtown Omaha.
Dale enjoyed duck hunting, snow and water skiing, yard-work (no, this is not a typo, he enjoyed yardwork), weekend afternoons at his Uncle August’s cabin, playing cards, John Wayne movies, crossword puzzles, Nebraska and Iowa State football games, chocolate milkshakes, and saying “Semper Paratus” whenever he thought it was appropriate.
In addition to his wife and sons, he is survived by his stepsons, Gary Harris (Kristine) of Queens Creek, Arizona, and Curt Harris of Gilbert, Arizona; brother, Richard Rasmussen of Lone Rock, Wisconsin; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins; his beloved cat Harley; and more than fondly remembered by his grand-dog, Bella.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lillian Pedersen (age 81); brothers, James Rasmussen (age 92) and Norman Rasmussen (age 79); and three infant siblings Helga, Mary Ann and Philip.
Memorials are suggested to a charity of your choice.
VISITATION: Monday, June 17th from 9am to 10am at the West Center Chapel, followed by SERVICES at 10am. Interment: Monday, 1pm at Omaha National Cemetery with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503.
My deepest sympathy to the Rasmussen families. Is there a charity?
Rest In Peace, Uncle Louie, your work on earth is done. We will miss you and always loved you.
I am so sad to hear of Dale’s passing. I worked with him on several projects at HDR and learned a lot about Construction and life from him. Rest in Eternal Peace Dale, you will be missed.