Elmer Rasmussen, 80, of Oshkosh passed away early Monday morning, November 25, 2013 at the Garden County Health Services Hospital in Oshkosh.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastors Lynn Lutz and Jim Nichols officiating.
Burial will follow in the Ash Creek Cemetery near Lewellen.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Friday at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established in Elmer’s name to the Garden County Nursing Home Activities Fund
Holechek Funeral Homes and Cremations is serving the Rasmussen family.
Elmer Lee Rasmussen, son of Hans and Anna “Annie” Carpenter Rasmussen, was born July 19, 1933 at home in Lewellen, Nebraska. He passed into glory November 25, 2013 from Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh, Nebraska. His childhood was spent with his younger brother and sister, Homer and Helen, who were twins. He attended Lewellen country schools until he was 16. When he was 21, he moved to Omaha and worked for the Goodwill, painting furniture. From there, Elmer worked for his uncle Ralph Pierpot, packing tools. Then he sold greeting cards for Omaha Card Mark until June 28, 1966, when he started delivering the Omaha World Herald on a street corner for many years, writing home often to report on his health and his paycheck. From 1966 to 1976, he delivered the Omaha World Herald in Lewellen and Oshkosh, and from 1976 to 1998, he delivered the Scottsbluff Star Herald.
For many years, Elmer and his mother shared an apartment at Mesa Vue in Oshkosh. When his mother moved to the Nursing Home, Elmer was very happy to live on his own at that apartment.
In December of 1998, Elmer joined his mother as a resident of Garden County Nursing Home which was his home for his final 15 years. He and his mother were very close and he had a deep respect for her. Even recently, you could hear Elmer’s remembrances of his mother’s advice. His childlike smile won over many hearts throughout the years, including his friends and caring staff.
Elmer was a faithful follower of Jesus and member of the Assembly of God church for most of his life. He enjoyed the Seventh-Day-Adventist Church for his last years. He was a “regular” at the bible studies and church services at the Nursing Home chapel.
Elmer always participated enthusiastically in activities provided by the nursing home and won numerous Special Olympic awards. Never allowing his handicap to trouble him, he always had an “I can do it” attitude. He was very proud to have been chosen “Spotlight Resident of the Month” in July 2000. Elmer especially enjoyed all the parties for the residents, and he would light up when any visitors would come to call.
Elmer is survived by cousins, Jean Boggs and Harold Carpenter of Lewellen and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Homer and sister Helen.