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Dale W Rasmussen

Feb. 28, 1936 - May 15, 2020

Date of Service: May 20, 2020

RUPERT – Dale W Rasmussen, an 84-year-old resident of Rupert, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Dale was born February 28, 1936, at his grandmother’s home west of Burley, the son of Harold Ole Rasmussen and Emily Pearl Okelberry Rasmussen. He was preceded in birth by an older brother, Wade Odis, who passed away as an infant. He was followed by a sister, Karen Emily, and brothers, Mack D and Rocky Ray Rasmussen.

Dale enjoyed the fellowship of cousins, Delbert, Lloyd (Schooney), and Jay. He graduated from high school in 1955. Dale joined the U.S. Army Reserve after high school and later enlisted into active service where he served in Korea during post-Korean-War efforts.

Dale was ordained an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and following his military service, he felt the desire to serve a mission for the Church. He was called to serve in the Northern Far East Mission. He was originally assigned to go to Japan but circumstances allowed him to return to Korea to teach the gospel.

When he returned home from his mission he met a young lady named Ellen Butler from Jerome. They were married July 21, 1961, in the Idaho Falls Temple. On that same day, Dale and his siblings were sealed to their parents. Dale and Ellen were blessed with three children: Thomas Ray, Boyd Butler (who passed away as an infant), and their daughter, Karla Leone, who were all such a joy to him.

Dale attended school at CSI to become a welder. For a time they lived in Seattle where he worked. After a year or so they moved back to Idaho where he began working at the Amalgamated Sugar Company in Paul, Idaho. He was also an avid builder and built more than one home, having built his permanent home in Rupert, starting in about 1981.

Sadly, Dale and Ellen were divorced in 1983. But, he met and married Karen Leigh Hayes Perkins in 1984. With this marriage came five more children: Eric V., Jean Leigh, Gayle, Cathy, and Keith I. Perkins. Dale and Karen were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on November 15, 1990.

Dale was diagnosed with kidney disease in May of 2019, and underwent dialysis for eleven months. In his final days, a large tumor was discovered four days prior to his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; sons, Thomas, Eric, and Keith; and daughters, Karla, Jean, Gayle, and Cathy; 31 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren, with one more due in July.

A viewing will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. Social distancing compliance will be adhered to at the direction of the funeral home staff.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, also at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home. Attendance will be in full compliance with the State of Idaho regulations for social distancing to help control the spread of the Coronavirus. Attendance is restricted to 50 people and is by invitation only. Burial will follow at Gem Memorial Gardens.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link:

Condolences for Dale W Rasmussen

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From Guylia James:
Dear Karen, I was so sorry to hear about Dale, he's a man who enjoyed a good joke!! I never saw him disrespect you, he wasn't afraid to tell anyone how much he loves you! He Will certainly be missed!
From Denny and Jan Davis:
Dear Karen and family. Thank you so much for the kindness you and Dale have given us. We love you. Can't wait to see you both together again. Love, Denny and Jan Davis
From Faye Holmes:
So very sorry to hear of Dale's passing. So many fond memories of him. Prayers are with you Karen, I am so glad you came into his life and made him so happy.
From Coletta Poynter:
My thoughts and love are with you Karen. He was such a delight and you are his prized possession. I hope to see you again soon.
From Antje Hawk:
Love you Grandma Karen. Rest easy, Grandpa.
From Jodi Lamoreaux :
Tom, Karla and Karen, we are so sorry for your loss and are sending you support, good thoughts and love during this challenging time.
From Keyan Blacker. :
What a sweet sweet man, I am honored to have known him in the few encounters we shared. He'd always being a smile to my face.
From Deborah :
I will be there virtually. I wish I could be there in person to pay my respects and give comfort to my sweet aunty.
From Jim and Teresa Lewis:
Dear Karen How we have enjoyed visiting with you two at dinners,estate sales and wherever.So sorry for your loss,we will miss him.
From Bill owens:
Worked with Dale for years at the sugar factory. We also shared a hobby of collecting old 33 1/3 records. Rest in peace old friend
From Margarete Seedall:
We loved visiting each month with Karen and also Dale. He was a joy to be around and always made us laugh.What wonderful quilts he made, and the love between Karen and Dale was kind and real and something for all of us to work for. We love you Karen and we will all help you in your time of sorrow . We are so lucky to have you for a friend!
From Kerri Allen:
What an amazing man. We will miss his warmth and friendliness. We love you, Karen and pray for you.
From Nikki Polson:
I'm so sorry to hear this. I loved getting to know him through church the last couple of years and to see how much he loved the gospel and his wife Karen. The both of them always had a kind word and lifted my spirits. Prayers and love to you Karen.
From Starla Hale:
My family and I only have the fondest memories of this good man. We love you Karen. You and Dale shared a special kind of ?? love .
From Marie Hansen:
Sorry to hear of your loss Karen. He was truly a wonderful man.
From Wendy Johnson :
I loved running into him on Sundays, he always had kind words for those he talked to. He was a delightful man. David once commented on Dale’s bollo ties and from then on he’d bring David ties when he made new ones. They are all that David wears now.
Karen, we are truly saddened to hear of your loss. Our ward will be sooo incomplete without him.
From Leslie trevino:
I won’t be able to show him any more of my new shoes!! Love you Dale and my sweet Karen

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