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Jerome E. Rasmussen, 79

Jerome Elton Rasmussen, age 79, of Sartell, formerly of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.

He was born July 20, 1930, in Howard Lake, to Christian and Linnea (Mellin) Rasmussen.

Jerome grew up in Howard Lake, and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1948.

He enlisted in the US Army Nov. 4, 1948, and was stationed first at Ft. Riley, KS; and then, June 25, 1950, he went to Korea. While in Korea, Jerome sustained injuries from mortar fire and spent 25 months in the hospital. He was discharged from the army Aug. 31, 1952, at Letterman Army Hospital, San Francisco, CA.

Jerome had three children during his first marriage: Susan, Jerome Jr., and Julie.

He married Jean Sheehan Phillips Nov. 15, 1974, and together, they raised 25 children.

A very intelligent person, Jerome had a PhD in environmental science, studied to become a doctor, was a math professor, and studied under Oral Roberts. He sold pharmaceuticals to hospitals in a five-state area.

Jerome had many hobbies including art, photography, playing the ensonique organ, doing fractals on computer, transposing music, and writing his own music. He also was involved in developing 10 family trees.

Jerome is survived by his wife, Jean, of Sartell; his children, Susan Rasmussen of Belle Plaine, MN, Jerome Jr. (Anita) Rasmussen of Webster, MN, Julie (Joseph) Passanisi of San Lorenzo, CA, Dale (Joni) Phillips of Watauga, TX, Wade (Vicki) Phillips of N. Richland Hills, TX, and Shelly (Tim) Rees of New Brighton, MN; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by brothers, Dennis (Becky) of Alexandria, and Daniel (Vickie) of Hudson, WI; and sisters Arlene (Fahe) Law of Glenwood Springs, CO; and Betty Hatrick of Cokato.

Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, Christian and Linnea; and a brother, David.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.