James Albert Rasmussen, known to his family and friends as Jim, passed away on October 2, 2021. Jim was born October 24, 1925, to Albert James and B. Eunice (Drollinger) Rasmussen in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He was educated in the Marshfield schools and graduated from Marshfield Senior High in 1943 at which time he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He married Iris Marie Hederer on June 12, 1945. Jim was discharged at the end of World War II in November 1945. He then attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the School of Engineering. After two years, he transferred and graduated from the Wisconsin Electronics Institute of Madison, Wisconsin. The couple and their two year old son, James Richard, moved back to Marshfield in June of 1950 where he began Rasmussen Electronics specializing in television service. They welcomed the arrival of their second son, Richard John, in 1953. In 1975 Jim was employed by the Marshfield Clinic as a bio-medical electronics technician. He retired from that position in 1988.
His lifelong hobbies included radio control airplane models, photography, and music. He was the director of the Marshfield Civic Band for forty years from 1963 to 2002, a distinction of holding that position for a longer time than any of his predecessors. He was a member of the Mid-State Aeroguidance Club and the American Legion and a past member of the Elks Club, the Jaycees and the BETA Bio-Medical organization of Wisconsin. Jim and Iris resided at 307 W. 5th Street in Marshfield, Wisconsin, for 65 of their 70 years of marriage which they celebrated on June 12, 2015.
Jim is survived by sons, James Richard Rasmussen (Connie) and Richard John Rasmussen (Arlene); grandchildren, Michael Rasmussen (Stacey), Jenny Westphal (Michael), and Hilary Rasmussen (Eric Plantenberg); and great-grandchildren, Shawn and Jacob Westphal and Jackson, Carson, and Kaden Rasmussen. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Eunice Rasmussen; granddaughter, Emily Rasmussen; and wife, Iris Rasmussen.
Friends are invited to greet the family on Friday, October 22, 2021, from 10:30-11:00 a.m. at Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home (1010 E. Veterans Parkway) in Marshfield. Visitation will be immediately followed by a brief memorial service at 11:00 a.m. A private burial will be observed by family members.
In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the charity of their choice, preferably one that benefits children.
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