It is with overwhelming sadness and loss that we share the sudden passing of Pastor Jerry Rasmussen, age 83, of Bellingham who went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, (1 John 3:14), Monday, August 9, 2021. Jerry was born November 23, 1937 in Tacoma, WA to parents Dalton L. and Anita (Hubbard) Rasmussen.
Jerry was with family members as he passed peacefully at the Whatcom Hospice House. He leaves behind his “Pretty Woman“ wife Marilyn, married 26 years; his son Jeff Rasmussen and daughter in law Bri; his sister Linda Muench; daughters, Karen Oiness and Tracy Marcelli; granddaughters Liv & Milli Bay Rasmussen, Kelsey Strachila; grandsons, Sean Marcelli, Jacob Oiness and Cruz Rasmussen; great grandson, Sebastian Marcelli and great granddaughter “On the way” soon, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Jerry was a loyal godly man with a gentle, quiet spirit. His legacy as a father was outstanding to his 3 sons, John, Rich and Todd who lived and died with Huntington’s Disease.
Love was spelled as Time that he gave devotedly to his sons for years as their disease progressed. They knew the Love of God from their father’s example. His friends were all very special to Jerry. Witty ‘digs’, sense of humor, and kindness was apparent in their friendships. Jerry taught Sunday school, Bible classes at King Mountain Church and Life Church and facilitated small group’s ministries. Jerry also served his country in the United States Airforce.
He travelled to Honduras and Scotland on Mission trips with King Mountain Church.
Jerry was also excellent in his wood working gift, producing furniture often in his own design etc. An outstanding “Mr. fix it!” As a husband Jerry was a kind gentle man and our relationship was centered around loving God, family and one another deeply.
He was preceded in death, by his parents Rev. Dalton Rasmussen and Anita Rasmussen; sons, John, Rich and Todd Rasmussen; sister, Patti Walton, 1st wife Linda Rasmussen, and his stepson Dave Oiness.
Family suggest memorial donations in Jerry’s memory to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, WA Chapter, P.O. Box 27765, Seattle, WA 98165. A family graveside service will be held at Bayview Cemetery.