One who finished well – my mother

31 01 2017

June E. Rasmussen of Turlock, California went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom she faithfully loved and served for 93 years, on January 30, 2017.  She is remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a selfless missionary and follower of Christ, and a friend to many.

 

June was born on June 3, 1923 in New Britain, Connecticut, and was raised in Bristol, Connecticut.  She received her nursing degree from the New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing, and upon graduating, served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp serving her country in the Philippines and Japan, primarily treating returning POWs.  She settled in Seattle, WA where she met an FBI agent, Gordon Rasmussen, and within 6 months they were married.

They both felt God calling them to full-time ministry and within two months after their wedding, they were on a boat to Japan to serve as missionaries with the Pocket Testament League, and later (with four kids in tow) to Nigeria, Africa.

They also served together in pastoral ministries in Chicago, IL, Everett, WA, Redding, CA and Turlock where Gordon served as pastor of the Monte Vista Chapel.  In addition to being active in ministry, June was a stay-at-home mom to their four children.

June is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Gordon Rasmussen, her parents, Edwin and Corinne Edman, her sister Corinne Butcher, her brother John Edman, and her daughter-in-law, Lyn Rasmussen. She is survived by her four children Jack (and Bonnie) Rasmussen of Petaluma, CA, Bob Rasmussen of Federal Way, WA, Richard (and Pam) Rasmussen of San Gabriel, CA and Diane (and Scott) Hefner of Macon GA, along with nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock, CA on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.  All are welcome.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in memory of June Rasmussen to Near Frontiers at P.O.Box 25955, Colorado Springs, CO 80936, or Gideons International, P.O. Box 2143, Petaluma, CA 94953. Glory be to God for a life well lived for Him.


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10 responses

3 02 2017
Dean Carlson

Bob, it’s an inspiration to read and see these pics of your mom’s life. Her life will forever stand as one who lived out the passion expressed by Paul: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Thanks for sharing!

2 02 2017
Guy Renfro

Sorry to learn of your mom’s passing, but great to know of her devoted walk with Jesus Christ. I can see the resemblance between you and your mom. Though you’ll miss her, may you rejoice in her journey, and be comforted in knowing you will see her again. Cheers, Guy < racecoach924

1 02 2017
Julie Duval

It was a pleasure to know both of your parents. They were amazing people and set the standard high.

31 01 2017
Greg Parsons

Thanks Bob,
So glad you did this. I love these kinds of stories. (I see Rich is harassing his sister in that one photo!)

31 01 2017
sahara chea

I am bless to read you loving mother’s dedicated service to serving the country and the church—she lived a bless life and faithfully fruitful–great testimony to all
Blessings and in prayers with you brother!
Sahara

31 01 2017
Bob

Thank you Larry. I appreciate your friendship and support through the years. It’s been quite a journey hasn’t it? My love to you and your family, your friend.

31 01 2017
Nannette

Bob,
Sorry for the loss of your mom and celebrating she is with our savior.
Nannette

31 01 2017
Bob

Thank you Dan. I know my mom is very relieved to be out of the body which was declining and in the presence of the Lord where life is only improving forever!

31 01 2017
Daniel Perrin

Dear Rasmussens,
I wish we could be with you all when you celebrate June Rasmussen’s life. She is a tremendous lady and is enjoying the rewards her Savior has prepared for her. May we all follow her example of investing our lives for the Lord. No doubt she and my sister Lyn have had a joyful reunion hug by this time.

31 01 2017
Larry Magallanes

Bob,
It is with both sadness and joy to hear of the going home of your mother. As believers we lean on the promises of the Lord that we’ll be together again someday. Wow, do we look forward to that reunion!!

Love you brother,

Larry

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