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.