Jerald J. Rasmuson

Sept. 2, 1934-Jan. 2, 2018

Jerald Jerome “Jerry”

Rasmuson, 83, Minot,

formerly of Surrey, died

Tuesday in his home sur-

rounded by his loving

family and hospice.

Jerry was born Sep-

tember 2, 1934 at Minot,

North Dakota, the son of

Earl and Bernice (Sylstad)

Rasmuson. He was raised

and educated at Surrey

and graduated from

Surrey High School in

1952. During his younger

years, he was employed

with Larson’s Pure Oil.

Jerry was united in mar-

riage to Barbara Elsberry

on June 12, 1953 on the

Elsberry farm east of

Surrey. They made their

home east of Surrey. Jerry

began employment with

the Burlington Northern

Railway in 1952 and con-

tinued with the company

until retiring in 1988. He

attained the nickname of

“Razzy” and was also em-

ployed for area farmers in

addition to raising horses

throughout the years. He

had served as a bartender

at the Silver Spur in

Surrey for a time.

The family enjoyed

spending over 20 years at

their lake cabin on

Strawberry Lake. Jerry

was a member of Hope

Lutheran Church, Surrey.

He served on the Surrey

School Board and

Tran-Am Credit Union

Board. He was also a

member of the Minot Ea-

gles and American Legion,

Pheasants for the Future,

Prairie Rails and Carman’s

Union local chapter,

where he had served as

the local chairman. Jerry

enjoyed doing mechanical

work, along with building

projects, raising

pheasants, traveling and


His loving family in-

cludes, wife, Barbara,

children, Juliene (Joseph)

Forrest, Hawaii, Jerome

Rasmuson (Melissa Sivert-

son), Minot, Barry (De-

bra) Rasmuson, Minot;

four grandchildren to in-


Erick Johnson (Jessica

Bay), Chris Johnson, Kel-

sey Rasmuson (Ryan Dai-

ley) & Ethan Rasmuson

(Gina Anderson); five

great grandchildren to in-

clude: Isabella Johnson,

Damien Rafatpanah Auna

Rafatpanah, Mason John-

son & Jace Johnson; si-

blings, Dale (Diane)

Rasmuson, Missoiula,

MT, Karen (Wallace) Ed-

wardson, Surrey, ND and

Leon (Marian) Rasmuson,

New Town, ND; several

nieces, nephews and


Jerry was preceded in

death by his parents and a

brother, Duane.

Celebration of Life ser-

vice: Friday, January 5,

2017 at 2:30 p.m. in Hope

Lutheran Church, Surrey.

Interment: Church of

the Brethren Cemetery,


Visitation: Thursday

from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in

Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

In lieu of flowers or

plants, memorials are pre-

ferred to Hope Lutheran

Church or Trinity Hos-


Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at (www.thomasfamilyfuner