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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Laurie Dicus Rasmussen

October 9, 1946July 20, 2020
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Laurie Dicus Rasmussen, 73, of Leawood died July 19, 2020, from complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. Due to COVID 19 her funeral service will be private, but will be livestreamed at link below 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, followed by a private burial service. Visitation will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at McGilley State Line Chapel.

Laurie was born on October 9, 1946, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Edith and Clarence Dicus. She was a member of the National Honor Society at Center High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and her master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She was a popular Spanish and English teacher. She married Michael Rasmussen on January 5, 1974. They raised three children. Laurie was active in her children’s education as well, participating many years as a room mother, PTO member, and serving with her husband as Booster Club presidents at Blue Valley North High School. She also was a Kansas City Young Matron, and she volunteered at her church’s Silver Link ministry.

Like her own mother, Laurie was warm, nurturing, bright, playful, funny, and tirelessly devoted to family.

Laurie is survived by her husband, Mike; her son, Todd Rasmussen (Lisa), of Sugar Land, TX; her daughter, Kristin Teasdale (Kevin), of Overland Park, KS; and her grandchildren, Lyla, Graham, and Luke Rasmussen, and Kieran, J.J., and Teddy Teasdale. Laurie is also survived by her sister, Linda Ornes (Ken); her brothers, Steve Dicus (Jolene), Paul Dicus (Rose), Todd Dicus (Jennifer), Kent Dicus (Michael), and Brian Dicus (Vali); and her nieces and nephews.

Her parents and her son, Scott, preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, Alzheimer’s Disease Research (brightfocus.org/stopAD) will accept contributions in Laurie’s memory. The family also wishes to express gratitude to the extraordinary staff at Prairie Elder Care and Ascend Hospice, as well as to Laurie’s close friends and siblings, who showed her unwavering love and support.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Private Funeral Service

    Friday, July 24, 2020

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Laurie Porter

July 27, 2020

Laurie was a dear friend and my DG pledge daughter at Mizzou. Although we never lived in the same city after we left Columbia, we kept track of each other through yearly Christmas cards and long notes. I watched her children grow up through Christmas photos, as she did mine. I feel as if I know them and Mike although we’ve never met. She was an exceptionally kind, gentle soul. I’m deeply saddened by her death. Rest in peace, dear Laurie. You are much loved.

Lynne Schutte

July 23, 2020

I was priviledged to be Laurie's dentist for several years before my retirement. Being unaware of her health, I was surprised to hear of her passing. I will remember her as a vital, happy woman whom I looked forward to visiting with. I am praying for her family for peaceful hearts at this difficult time.

Melissa Edgerton Egy

July 21, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Laurie's passing. I went to Center High School with Linda, Laurie and Steve. I then went on to become a DG at Mizzou. Laurie and I were roommates one term and had a great time. The years went by and we lost contact sadly. We were reconnecting at the DG Alumnae luncheons when her illness progressed. Sadly we were unable to reconnect, but Linda kept us informed. Since at the time I was caring for my husband who had dementia I could relate to your family situation. I am truly touched by your loss and the long journey to get there. I am sure you can be comforted to know and remember all the kindness and care you provided for her.

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