Sunday, September 13, 2009

Founding Member of Desert Storm Veterans of Wisconsin Dies, Age 39

Obituary, Green Bay Press Gazette

Rasmussen, David "Dave"

(Green Bay, Wis. - Sunday, September 13, 2009) - David "Dave" Rasmussen, 39, De Pere, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly Friday evening, Sept. 11, 2009, at home, after a short battle with cancer. The son of Deloris (Worsch) Rasmussen and the late Jerry Rasmussen was born May 8, 1970, in Green Bay. He was a 1988 graduate of West De Pere High School. Dave served his country in the U.S. Army from March, 1989 to December 1992. He was a proud veteran of Operation Desert Storm and was Sergeant at the time of his honorable discharge.

Dave was a founding member of Desert Veterans of Wisconsin and a member and secretary of the Friends of Brown County Veterans. Dave organized and coordinated the veterans for the De Pere Memorial Day Parade and was a member of De Pere VFW Post 2113. During the Memorial Day gatherings, he volunteered at the Vietnam Vets of America, Chapter 224. David was recently appointed to Congressman Kagen's Advisory Board for Wisconsin Veterans.

Dave enjoyed riding his Harley, spending time up north and enjoying social time with his family and friends. He was employed as a Sergeant at the Wisconsin Correctional Institution in Oshkosh.

His family includes his mother, Deloris; his very special friend, Teri Christensen; nine siblings, Jean and Mike Vande Hei, Marlene Rasmussen, Wayne Rasmussen, Diane and Randy Peters, Joan Van Den Elsen, Cheryl and Bill Veazie, Lori and Cary Hendricks, Tammy and Kevin Verheyen, and Todd and Carrie Rasmussen; his godchild, Breanna; nieces, nephews, including a special nephew and friend, Jon Peters; and cousins. Dave is also survived by three aunts and an uncle, Janice and John Nooyen, Shirley Worsch and Ruth Ver Haagh.

He was preceded in death by his father; an infant sister, Mary; and his grandparents, Alvin and Ella Rasmussen and Otto and Margaret Worsch.

Family and friends may call at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 305 North Tenth Street, De Pere, from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2009. Visitation will continue on Tuesday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Lourdes Avenue at Suburban Drive, De Pere, from 9 a.m. until time of service. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church with Father Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., officiating. Please visit to send online condolences to the Rasmussen family.

"A nation that does not remember its heroes will not long endure".

President Lincoln

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