David Walter Rasmussen was born May 8, 1940 in Howard Lake, Minn., to Christy and Linnea (Mellin) Rasmussen.
At the age of 12 he was baptized into the Christian faith and was a member of the Howard Lake Christian Church. Dave graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1958, Estherville Junior College in 1960 and St. Cloud State University in 1965.
He was united in marriage on Feb. 13, 1960 to Patty LaRue of Estherville Iowa.
His profession was computer programming, but his real love was wood carving and sculpting with clay to produce bronze art work with which he won many honors and awards. Dave received the 1990 Gold Medal for Excellence in wood carving awarded by the Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa.
David's talent for portraying the humorous side of human nature was reflected in his caricature figures. He was a founding member of Caricature Carvers of America and was a member of several other wood carving associations. His largest project was a 13-foot tall bronze elk that stands majestically in front of a large motel in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
David passed away at the Buffalo Hospital Nov. 27, 1997 after a courageous fight with cancer. He had reached the age of 57 years, 6 months and 19 days.
Dave is lovingly remembered by his wife Pat, sons Joel of Roseville, Dean of Wayzata, David and his wife Nadean of Woodbury, daughter, Heidi Krueger of Cokato, granddaughter, April Krueger, grandson, Samuel Rasmussen and step-grandsons, Mike and Matt Gese. He is also survived by brothers, Jerome (Jean) Rasmussen of St. Cloud, Dennis (Becky) Rasmussen of Alexandria, Daniel (Vickie) Rasmussen of Hudson, Wisc.; sisters: Betty Hatrick of Annandale and Arlene (Fahey) Law of Glenwood Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Rachel.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 1 at the Howard Lake Christian Church with the Rev. Pat Ridpath officiating. Dennis Entinger provided music for the service.
Interment was in the Howard Lake Cemetery. Casketbearers were Thomas Hatrick, Joseph Hatrick, Jerome Rasmussen Jr., Jeff Rasmussen, Robert Young, and Stephen Berg.
Honorary casketbearers were Richard Law, Russell Law, Michael Hatrick, Derek Rasmussen, Jerome Law, Jay Law, Aaron Rasmussen, and Devin Rasmussen.