- November 8, 1925 - March 16, 2017
- Dunwoody, Georgia
of Richard's Passing
Share This Obituary
Arrangements made by
H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Cha
4550 Peachtree Road Ne
Atlanta, GA 30319
Profile of H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Cha
View Phone Number
Receive Obituary Notifications by Email
To his family, he gave life, love, wisdom and faith; to his friends: loyalty, laughter, and companionship; and to the world around him: a profound example of patience, kindness, and compassion toward others. WWII veteran Richard Lee “Dick” Rasmussen, 91, left this world March 16 to rejoice with his Savior, reunite with his beloved wife, and resume his favorite past time of golf.
While his passion and true source of joy has always been his family, Dick enjoyed gardening, golf and travel, the latter of which he continued enjoying well past his 90th birthday, taking trips last year to the Caribbean, Hilton Head Island and Washington state. Dick’s strong faith in God and tireless devotion to his family gave him strength and patience in recent years to gracefully embrace with joy the limitations of aging, and to bravely endure with hope the void left by his cherished wife Judy. After rising to thankfully meet (the gift of) another day of compassion, care and company from friends and family, he died peacefully at home, ready for heaven and selflessly praying for his seven children. A staunch fan of the Notre Dame Irish, we’re certain Dick was lifted up on this day as part of God’s plan to bring him “home” in time to spend St Patrick’s Day with Judy; a repeat of his first glimpse at her Irish eyes nearly 70 years ago.
Dick was born November 8, 1925 to Elmer and Veronica Rasmussen in Des Moines, Iowa. Always the salesman, Dick’s marketing career began early with a high school summer job selling and delivering milk from a horse drawn wagon. After finishing his route, he caddied for golfers at the Hyperion Country Club, earning $1 for an afternoon’s work. During the 1940 Iowa State Fair, he dug holes used to anchor tight-wire cables for the famous Flying Wallendas. Three days before his 18th birthday, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy and boarded a midnight train bound for basic training in Farragut, Idaho. Following a 4-year tour during WWII as a navigator/bombardier on a Navy TBF Avenger aircraft, Dick attended Drake University in Des Moines, and on June 3, 1948, he married Patricia Ann “Judy” Flynn. Over the next nine years, Dick and Judy’s seven children were born. Early employment included sales positions with the Robert A Johnston Cookie and Cracker Company and the Iowa Meat Packing Company, and various “side-hustles” demanded by a rapidly growing family. A response to a 1951 classified ad landed him his “big break” into a lasting and successful career in pharmaceutical sales. In 1987, following 35 years of notable corporate achievements, promotions and corresponding family relocations, Dick retired from his position in Atlanta, GA as Southeast Regional Sales Manager for DuPont Pharmaceuticals. Thirty years of pleasurable retirement followed as Dick nurtured his flower gardens, refined his 7-iron golf swing, punched his passport, and embraced precious time with his wife and family.
Dick was extremely loving and proud of his two daughters, Mary Manicone and Anne Patrick, both of Atlanta, and of his five sons Richard Jr. of Winston Salem, NC, Michael of Waterbury, CT, Joseph of Atlanta, GA, Robert of West Richland, WA and Paul of Woodbury, MN. His children have blessed him with 18 grandchildren who will all miss their “Papa,” particularly his genuine interest in their lives and that twinkle in his eyes every time they visited him. He is also survived by his two sisters Mary Anne Wahl of Nevada, Iowa and Virginia Barton of Ocala Florida. Dick was preceded in death by his wife Judy in 2011 and his brothers Jim and John in 1967 and 2012, respectively.
The family would like to thank Dr. David Dubose for providing over 30 years of compassionate and skilled medical care to our Dad and Papa. This compassion and care undoubtedly extended and enhanced the comfort and quality of Dad’s golden years. A heartfelt thank you, also, to his caregivers from Compassion Home Care for their recent tender in-home care and support. Dad was blessed and comforted in so many ways throughout his final days.
Dick passed away with joyful anticipation of eternal life with his Heavenly Father and his loving wife. We will miss him dearly, but our faithful and healing visions of these perpetual reunions brings joy and hope to all. His family and friends are truly blessed to have known him and forever inspired by his faith, his kindness and his patience.
A visitation with friends and family will be held on Thursday, March 23 from 5-7 pm at H.M. Patterson Oglethorpe Chapel on Peachtree Rd. A celebration of life funeral mass will be Friday, March 24 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Atlanta. To honor Dick, the family gratefully encourages donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at Our Lady of the Assumption. Condolences, fond memories, and greetings can be left on the guest book below.