Dennis Rasmussen


A Celebration of life for 70-year old Dennis Rasmussen of Poway, Calif, a native of Gordon, NE, will be Saturday, Nov. 13th at 4:00 at the American Legion Hall in Hay Springs, NE. 

A meal will be served and everyone is encouraged to bring photos and memories to share.

Since Dennis was a very patriotic man, his family asks those attending to wear casual dress with a patriotic/red,white and blue theme.

Burial with military honors was October 25, in San Diego at the Miramar National Cemetery, located in the northwest corner of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. 

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Dennis Paul Rasmussen was born on September 19, 1950 in Gordon, to Christian ‘Paul’ and Elvera (Blonien) Rasmussen. He passed away on September 15, 2021, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. 

Dennis described himself as “a good ole Nebraska boy” who grew up on a farm in a close-knit family. He loved working on the farm and helping out. 

He loved fishing, camping at the lake, and hunting. His passion for hunting was so strong he would go before and after school and was known to ditch school to hunt as well. 

Dennis joined the US Navy after high school and went on to complete a combined 27 years of active and Naval Reserve service. He spent two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat ’V’.  

Dennis loved his country, the flag, and all things military. He was a founding member of both the Poway Veterans Organization and the Poway Veterans Park. His love and admiration for the military knew no bounds. 

Dennis was an active member of the Poway Elks Lodge #2543 for 25 years and volunteered his time working with veterans, cooking, and doing different jobs around the Lodge. He was also a life member of the VFW Post 7907. 

Dennis enjoyed gardening, playing shuffleboard, pool, and cheering on the Chargers and Cornhuskers football teams. 

He is survived by his wife, Janet, oldest daughter Jennifer Hayden and husband John and grandchildren, Jacob, Josslyn and Jaylene of Minnesota; son Ryan Rasmussen of California, and youngest daughter Jessica Canoy and husband Kent of Idaho. 

Dennis is also survived by his sisters Fran Wallin and Robyn Rasmussen and brother Roger Rasmussen and wife Nancy, all from Nebraska, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Dennis will be missed by many.

Poway-Bernardo Martuary in Poway, Calif, is in charge of arrangements.