Philip T. “Phil” Rasmussen

Philip T. “Phil” Rasmussen

January 18, 2019

Phil Rasmussen, age 66 of Omaha, NE, known to many as “Uncle Phil,” passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, January 18, 2019 following complications of a brief illness.

VISITATION will be held in Omaha on Thursday, January 24th at 10am at the West Center Chapel of Heafey Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler, 7805 W. Center Rd., followed by SERVICES at 11am.  Casual attire is welcomed. Interment will be at a later date.

Phil was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1952, number six in a pack of twelve children born to Alfred Eugene “Gene” and Josephine (Becker) Rasmussen. He grew up in the time of many large families and had many friends. He was gregarious, loved to play outside, and was a gentle, fun child. He was adventurous and loved fishing down at Perry Creek.  Phil’s passion for fishing carried throughout his life and resulted in his being a Master Angler award winner several times.

An avid Husker fan, he graduated with a degree in history from the University of Nebraska. He was a Civil War enthusiast and could tell you about every battlefield and how the battles were fought.  Phil had a great sense of humor, always joking about going to the bars, yet we never saw him drink!

Never without a joke in hand, on any given day one could find Phil at the dock waiting for the fish to bite or talking about the latest recipe he’d tried. He was a special uncle to numerous youngster nieces and nephews, and an overall joy to be around.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Jenny (Erik) of Seattle, WA; grandchildren: Seamus, Avey, and Justus of Mechanicsburg, PA; sisters: Paula Chicoine (John) of Parker, SD, Deanna Rasmussen-Lacotta (Bernie) of Sun City, AZ, and Lorna Ziller (Ron) of Tracy, CA; brothers: Marc (Sheri) of Alpine, CA, Neil (Vicki) of Ruston, LA, Tony of Grand Island, NE, Martin (Christy) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Keith (Ruby) of Tucson, AZ; sisters-in-law, Pam of Storm Lake, IA and Janice of Marana, AZ; many nieces, nephews, other extended family members and fishing friends.

Phil was preceded in death by his son, Deric; his parents; brothers: Gene Jr., Vic, and Perry; and niece, Melissa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a charitable organization to be selected at a later date.





  • Naomi Posted January 21, 2019 3:22 pm

    I want to offer my deepest sympathy to Phil’s family. I hope your warm memories of him will give
    you some comfort at this most difficult time. Losing someone we love is never easy. Pray to God
    for comfort. He will provide the help needed because God cares for you.
    1Peter 5:7

  • Abigail Posted January 21, 2019 3:25 pm

    Dear Family, I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Peg Anderson Posted January 23, 2019 8:19 am

    I would like to send healing prayers to the family at the loss of Phil. When I was privileged to work with Phil, he always had a way to make you smile with his comments. My thoughts are with the family and his many friends.

  • Marc Posted January 23, 2019 2:10 pm

    I love you brother, your passion for music was only surpassed by your love of fishing and joking. The many psychedelic music nights we shared with Fog Hat, Golden Earing and Boston earned you the infamous nick name ‘Far Out Phil’ !! Can’t wait to be with you again.

  • Sue Hammon Rolo Posted January 24, 2019 3:10 pm

    Philip and I graduated from high school together way back when! Our families moved to Grand Island about the same time and our older brothers worked together at Chief. Philip was a friend to everyone. He was always so kind and considerate. I was hoping to see him at our 50th class reunion next year. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers and I wanted you to know he brought many smiles to many over the years. And as I remember, he could play the guitar real well too.

  • John R. Snapp Posted January 24, 2019 6:05 pm

    My condolences to the entire Rasmussen family. I always enjoyed Phil’s whit and sense of humor.Sorry that I can’t make the funeral as I am currently out of the country but my thoughts will be with you all.

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