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Roland "Rollie" Rasmussen

March 20, 1944 — May 18, 2024

Wausau

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Roland “Rollie” Rasmussen, age 80, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on May 18, 2024. Rollie was born on March 20, 1944, in Springfield, Wisconsin, to Clarence and Frances Rasmussen.

Rollie married Carol “Melinda” Hosler on July 30, 1963, in San Antonio, Texas. They shared a beautiful marriage for 58 years and together raised three successful sons. After Melinda's passing, Rollie found love again and married Arla Luetschwager on March 12, 2022, in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Rollie enlisted in the Air Force during his senior year of high school, marking the beginning of a distinguished career. He contributed to the Apollo missions while working with NASA, served as an Instrumentation and Controls Supervisor at the Comanche Peak Steam and Electric Plant until his retirement in 1999, and later imparted his knowledge as an instructor of college-level electronics courses. Additionally, Rollie was a small business owner, managing a dog kennel and a Christmas tree farm. He was an avid sports car and motorcycle enthusiast and a semi-professional poker player. Go Cowboys!!!!  

In his later years, Rollie enjoyed the companionship of his beloved dogs, Paris and Bo. He looked forward to monthly luncheons with his Eau Claire Memorial Class of '62 classmates and his weekly Bible study at Highland Community Church.

Rollie was preceded in death by his first wife, Melinda Hosler Rasmussen and his two sisters Mercedes Longton (Tom), Jacqueline Smith (Vance) and Clarence Eugene Rasmussen (Dixie). He is survived by his second wife, Arla, and his sons: Scot “Stormy” (Donna) Rasmussen of Columbus, TX; Clay (Michelle) Rasmussen of Joshua, TX; and Brian (Patti) Rasmussen of Fulshear, TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Hannah (Katie), Nicole, Seth, Graycen, Nolan, Landry; and one great-grandchild, Margot. Rollie leaves behind two brothers, Denny (Carol) Rasmussen of Eau Claire, WI, and David (Glenda) Rasmussen of Glen Rose, TX, a niece Teresa (Doug)  Stine, who was very close to him along with Arla's children: Sara (D.J.) Schult of Wausau, WI; Amy (Dallas) Dix of Traverse City, MI; Lisa (Chuck) Oliver of West Bend, WI; and Scott (Ali) Luetschwager of Crystal Lake, IL. He is also remembered by step-grandchildren: Clay, Simeon, Lydia, Zach, Katelynn, Alleah, Nate, Easton, Jackson, Addison, Corbin, Isabel, and Duncan, as well as his cherished companion, Paris.

A memorial service for Mr. Roland Rasmussen will be held at a future date. His ashes will be placed in the Scattering Garden of the VA cemetery in Spooner, WI, where he will be honored with a military service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rollie's favorite charity, Wounded Warriors.

Rollie will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

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