In loving memory of

Richard "Dick" Rasmussen
June 10, 1947 - July 27, 2020

Richard A. "Dick" Rasmussen, 73, of Winona died Monday evening, July 27, 2020 at his daughters' home in Milaca. Dick was born June 10, 1947 in Rushford to Rollins and Elizabeth (Hanson) Rasmussen. He was raised on the family farm at Rushford and was a lifelong area resident. Dick served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He and Barbara Oevering were married March 15, 1969 at McKinley United Church in Winona. Dick had farmed near Stockton. He later worked for Ken's Equipment in Lewiston for many years. In recent years Dick worked in the kitchen of the Lewiston High School.
Dick was a dedicated volunteer in the community. He lived by the motto's of 'Paying forward' and 'Giving back'. Dick served on Lewiston Ambulance, Lewiston Heartland Days committee, Lewiston American Legion Pos and the Legions military honors group. He was very active with Lewiston Lions Club, receiving their 'Hometown Hero' Award. Dick also enjoyed seeing the joy in children's eyes when he showed up as Santa.
Survivors include his four children, Rick Allen Rasmussen of Winona; Connie (Mike) Cline of Grinnell, IA; Cindy (Jim) Winn of Duluth and Kelly (Eric) Lawrence of Milaca, 10 grandchildren; Derek, Mike, Casey, Lydia, Noelle, Nick, Josie, Gavin, Ethan and Zander, five great-grandchildren, Emma, Braxton, Haley, AJ and Hunter, and his five siblings; Denny (Carolyn) Rasmussen of Winona, Dale (Sandy) Rasmussen of Rushford, Dian Biesanz, Mary (John) Larkie and David (Lynne) Rasmussen all of Winona. Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, in 2015 and by his parents.
Services to remember Dick will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Goodview/ Winona with Pastor Jeff Olson officiating. Burial will follow in Lewiston Public Cemetery with the Lewiston American Legion Post conducting military graveside honors. A visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services Friday at the funeral home. Dick Loved his country and his Lord. Please share a memory of Dick and view his video tribute at In accordance with current restrictions, social distancing and face masks are required.

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Jessica wrote on Aug 13, 2020:

"Sure going to miss seeing his smiling face and always positive attitude. One of my favorite patients. "

judi pronk wrote on Aug 3, 2020:

"I was glad to be able to care for Dick while he was here at the nursing facility. I am glad he was at his daughter;s home where he wanted to be . He was quite the special guy and cheered us up every single day."

Gail Modjeski wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"Dick was such a fun guy to have out here at Prairie Island Campground.. His golf cart and his little Chichi always visiting with everyone.. Dick you will be and have been missed.. Gail Modjeski "

Bonny Oevering Maul wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"I wish I could have been there in person to pass on my condolences to you, his children and their families, and to his siblings and their families. Cherish all the great memories you have with your dad and brother. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Bonny Oevering Maul."

Bonnie Denzer wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"Rich Frank and kids, Connie - I\'m glad I got to know Dick through you. He was a fun guy to have a conversation with. I\'m so sorry for your loss. Bonnie Denzer"

Steve and Judy Ellinghuysen wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"We are so sorry for your loss. Dick was a great guy and he was a bright light at all the school events where he took tickets. We also appreciated all his help with our bobcats when he worked at Ken\'s. He will be missed. Go in peace. The Steve and John Ellinghuysen family"

Jason Tami Reed wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"Our sincere condolences to the Rasmussen family.. our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May god comfort you during this chapter in your lives. Jason and Tami Reed"

Scott P. Hengel wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"Dick, \"Fair Winds and Following Seas\" from one NAVY man to another. Thank your for your service. Rest in peace, shipmate. --Scott P. Hengel, Winona County Veteran Services Office."

Mary and John Larkie wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"Where do I begin \" Big Brother\". I will miss you so much! I will miss our talks, and the joking around, especially between you and John. You two had a great connection and he considered you a brother ,not a brother in law. The 3 of us had some good times. As much as we are sad you are gone, we know you are at peace with Barb and those who went before . Love you! RIP Big Brother. "

Gary and Marlys Mills wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"Such a nice man with a great family! I had all the Rasmussen kids in school and enjoyed all of them. The Fools Five was able to use his camper for results for many years! Always had a big smile! He will not be forgotten! RIP"

Mary Bronk wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"Dick was a very kind man..He loved his family, but would help others when needed. Our condolences to his family. God Bless them. Leon & Mary Bronk"

Lisa Nutter wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"Dick was an amazing person always ready to lend a hand to others. He made you feel special and loved. Dick was so full of life bringing great joy to everyone around him. It was a privilege to have been able to have known such a fine person. Although he is gone from this world he will live on in our memories with happiness and laugher. We will remember his smile. He will never be forgotten. "

Bruce Klein wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"Life has not ended, just changed until we meet again. Our condolences to the family and boat load of friends of Dick. He knew the magic of life, is being loved by just one person, and he shared that magic with many. Heaven has their Santa. God bless. Bruce and Laura Klein"

Karli Moger wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"Dick was such a kind man and always knew how to brighten anyone\'s day! He was full of life and was always up for a great conversation!"

Joan Francois wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"We will always remember Dick?s friendly smile and greetings at our family gatherings."

Erin Spencer wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Dick was nothing short of my work grandpa. He always had a kind word, always was so friendly and supportive. He changed my life when he introduced me to helping with the Lewiston area secret santa. It was a pleasure to teach his grandchildren. I will miss him immensely but I am grateful he is no longer in pain. My sympathies to his family."

Paul and Terri Moger wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Our deepest sympathy to Dick?s family. Dick was a wonderful man and could always put a smile on your face. He had a true passion for the students at Lewiston-Altura Schools. R.I.P. ?"

Wendy Bublitz wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Dearest Dick,thanks for touching so many people especially at Watkins Manor. You made so many feel life again and brought smiles to there face! Family of Betty and Cliff Kanz"

Billee Davis wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Noelle and family, I am so very sorry for you loss. Fly high sir, and Rest easy..(( gentle hugs))"

Billee Davis wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Noelle, you and your family are in my thoughts.....Fly high sir, and rest easy."

Megan Bowe wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Dick was a great guy. He had always put a smile to everyone\'s faces he will surely be missed. "