Edward Earl Rasmussen

August 1, 1934August 30, 2013
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Edward Earl Rasmussen of Visalia, California passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013, at Kaweah Delta Transitional Care Services. Edward was born in Overland Park, Kansas, August 1, 1934, to Niels and Elva Rasmussen. He moved to California in 1935 and lived in several different places within California due to his father working as a migratory dairy worker. Regardless of where Edward lived he always seemed to make friends and find adventure. He once proclaimed that he and his two brothers could easily rival the escapades of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Edward attended Excelsior High School in Norwalk, California and graduated from Lynwood High School in Lynwood, California. He served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Long Beach State. Edward moved with his family to Visalia in 1968. He worked for the County of Tulare and then various Real Estate related fields before ultimately retiring from Continental Telephone Company in 1991. Edward loved gardening and his family and friends looked forward to the multitudes of tomatoes that he would grow each year. He also loved sports. Edward played softball from a very young age to well into his sixties. One of his favorite passions was watching his children and then his grandchildren compete in their many sports activities. It was very rare for him not to be in attendance and usually bragging a little louder than he should. Edward was also very fond of playing poker and going to the horse races. He especially loved traveling with his brother and best friend David to different race tracks around the country. Edward made many friends at the Jockey Club and they will miss him very much. He will always be remembered for his silly sense of humor, sweet smile, his love for his family, patience, his knowledge of history and politics, and never being without an ink spot on his shirt. Edward attended church at Grace Lutheran where he was a member for many years. Edward is survived by his four children, Christina Chenze and husband Brian, Cheryl Welty and husband John, Robert Rasmussen and wife Debbie, Dayna Wild and husband Mark; his seven grandchildren, Renee, Colene, Kerie, Jennifer, Andrew, Brandon and Austin, and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two brothers David Rasmussen and wife Roberta and Carl Rasmussen and wife Gloria. In addition he is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia. Burial will follow at Visalia District Cemetery, 1300 W. Goshen Avenue in Visalia. Tributes and condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue , Visalia, CA 93291 (559) 732-8371.


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2013

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Mark Wild

November 15, 2013

Ed, I miss our conversations over politics and other controversial subjects. I especially miss your passion when I would state an opposite viewpoint. You never wavered in your beliefs and for that I will always admire you. I miss just sitting with and watching sports. We could sit for hours without saying anything but just knowing you were there always brought me comfort. When you came over, you would immediately call my name and then go outside to find me. Sometimes I would think I would just love to finish cleaning the pool or sweeping the cement but oh I would love to see you trailing behind me talking excitedly about your day. It is the small things like that that I miss the most. I love how much you loved your family and included me as a part of that from day one. You will forever be missed!

David Rasmussen

September 18, 2013

My Brother Edward

My brother Edward was not only my younger brother, but my friend. When we were growing up we lived on a dairy farm for about 5 years. So, much of our time was taken up doing various chores like; milking cows, cleaning the barns, and feeding the animals. Any free time was taken up playing sports. As there were few other children in the neighborhood we would go to the trailer park up the street to recruit players, both boys and girls alike. I seem to remember most games ending up in arguments, but it was still so much fun.

Edward, who was strong willed, could be stubborn at times in coming around to others' way of thinking. I remember Edward going to school one year on the first day of school. My parents let him out at the school, but he would not go in. So they left him at the school gate. They then watched him from afar. He walked up and down the street for about thirty minutes had passed.

Edward and I have taken many trips together to racetracks across the country. We both always enjoyed horse racing and playing poker.

I will miss him for the rest of my life.

From your loving brother,


Curtis Benkendorfer

September 17, 2013

Bob and Deb, we are sorry for your loss. I never met your dad but if he was like you Bob, he is a swell fella. I look forward to seeing him in Heaven. Sincerely, Curtis, Sabrina, Braeden and Chloe Benkendorfer

Robyn Rasmussen-Logan

September 16, 2013

Uncle Ed, even though I said good bye at your funeral over a week ago now, it is still hard to believe you're gone. I will miss your sweet smile and open arms every time we would see one another. I will miss your siliness and fun sense of humor that was always so endearing to me. I will also miss your saying everything "two times" My nickname, Edward two times (a reference to a Goodfellas character) was truly fitting. I will miss your "How ya doin? How ya doin?" you always greeted me with. You were always so genuinely interested in and asked about my work and my kids' activities. Loved that about you. Mostly, I'm going to miss the fun, family times we've had over the years that will now never be the same without your presence there. My daddy will and does miss you immensely. You were and always will be his best friend. Thank you for all of the love and wonderful memories you've given to me, my daddy and our family. I love you and miss you forever, Uncle Ed

John Logan

September 11, 2013

Ed, you will be truly missed. It was so great to see you and my father in law, your brother Dave together. My family always enjoyed your visits. Thank you for always asking about them. Furthermore, thank you for your loyalty to me and my business. Love

Roberta Rasmussen

September 10, 2013

When I first met Ed in 1960 he was a handsome young man. My husband David, Ed's eldest brother, loved both of his brothers. They had a very special bond created as children working on the dairy. Throughout Ed's life he had a great love for poker and horse racing, which his brothers shared. He called David at least once a week to discuss their weekly poker games. I enjoyed our political discussions and sometimes arguments. He was passionate about his love of country and his family. His brothers will miss him for all their remaining days, as will many. Than God we have the wonderful memories of him to keep him alive in our hearts and minds.

Lynn Gregory

September 9, 2013

Ed I still can't believe you are gone. I miss your sense of humor and childlike spirit. I miss the way you would slide up to me and announce yourself with your favorite nickname, nudge me and chuckle. It was almost as though you felt so special that someone thought to give a special nickname just for you. I also will forever miss your advice on what horse to bet on at the Fresno Fair. There is nothing like knowing you are betting on a "sure thing". To the Wild's, I pray that you find your comfort and strength in God as you deal with the loss of your loved one. And I pray your memories of him bring you joy in your sorrow.

Roy Kendall

September 9, 2013

According Kahil Gibran in the Prophet, "Your friend is your needs answered." Ed was/is my friend. When I visited him at Cypress Rehab recently we played cards and he won. Today I hope and pray that he is playing cards with my Dad. He will be greatly missed. Your Friend, Roy

Jennifer Leahy

September 9, 2013

My grandpa or as I always called him, “gramps,” was the world to me. Gramps loved my brother and me unconditionally and would go to the ends of the Earth for us. He was the grandpa who tried to make every sporting event of ours, came to every grandparent's day in Elementary school, and made every effort to make us smile. I was always very proud of who my grandpa was and loved every moment I had with him. He always went above and beyond to make sure my brother and I knew how much he loved us. I will never forget a few years ago when I was swimming for College of the Sequoias and my grandpa was planning to attend one of my first home meets. I remember going over to my grandpa's house the night before to pick out an outfit that would make him more grandpa looking because to me he just did not fit the criteria on a day to day basis. I picked out a cute sweater vest and button down shirt for him to wear. Both he and I were well aware that the next day was supposed to be in the high 90's but he did not seem to mind. He showed up the next day at my meet wearing exactly what I picked out for him because he knew it put a smile on my face. This was the type of person my grandpa was. He always put my brother and I first and was always up to making sure that we were happy by either cracking jokes or even to the extreme of wearing what I had picked out for him. He will forever be missed and loved. I cherish every second I had with him because he truly was special.

Cheryl Welty

September 9, 2013

Ed, I have known you for quite a number of years. There are good memories as well as not so good ones. I think we came to good terms the short time I lived with you before I moved to Colorado. I am grateful for the Brother and Sister you and Mom gave me!
The last few years we exchanged Birthday and other holiday cards which I greatly enjoyed! Seeing and talking with you at Jennifer's wedding was also a highlight!
I sincerely hope you rest in peace and enjoy playing the ponies forever.