MARCUS -- Floyd B. Rassel, 66, of Marcus, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Floyd Burdette Rassel was born Dec. 24, 1938, in Marcus, the son of Frank and Fern (Peck) Rassel. He received his education at Holy Name School. On June 18, 1958, he married Elaine Juhl at Carmel Lutheran Church (now Faith Lutheran Church) in Marcus. They made their home in Marcus where Floyd was employed over the years as a farmhand, with Co-op Oil Company in Marcus, and he owned and operated his own truck. For the last 15 years of his working life, Floyd drove a truck for Hy-Vee delivering groceries to their stores. He retired in 2001.
Even though he drove truck, the spring and fall would find him on a tractor helping Jim Alesch. He was a "crop watcher" as well as a "road supervisor" at the ethanol plant. Off the road, he enjoyed doing word search puzzles. He spent many camping trips with the Boy Scouts when Cameron, Zachary and Jesse were Scouts. When he wasn't mowing grass with his John Deere, the house deck was his favorite sitting place (in addition to the ethanol plant) and he would always welcome any visitors for conversation.
For the last two years of his life, three trips a week to Sioux City for dialysis made up his schedule. Zachary and nephew, Steven Schuetz, were his designated drivers of which he was truly thankful for. Living a humble lifestyle, he was man who would rather "give" than receive. He loved his wife, family, grandchildren, and "Cloudy" his cat. They will all sorely miss him.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine of Marcus; a daughter, Jennifer Allen and her husband Scott of Remsen; five sons Jeffrey and his wife, Lori of Marcus, Rodney and his wife, Sarah of Lawton, Cameron and his wife, Gina of Marcus, and Zachary and Jesse, both of Marcus; 10 grandchildren, Ben, Becky, Erika Allen, Ashley, Kiel and Shania Rassel, Jackie and Abbie Rassel, Nathan Rassel and Bethany Rassel; two sisters, Kathy Johnson of Marcus and Norma Bushman of Park City, Mont.; four brothers Charles of Camdenton, Mo., Wayne of Le Mars, Paul of Marcus, and Tom of Cleghorn; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three children Charlton Jay (1979), Jean Marie and Justin Jay (1996), his parents; a sister, Mary Brownmiller; and a brother, Lawrence.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Marcus. The Rev. Liz Pfeifle will officiate. Burial will follow at Marcus-Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.today (Friday) at Faith Lutheran Church in Marcus. The family will be present beginning at 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the church. The Earnest-Rohde Funeral Home of Marcus is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Jeffrey, Rodney, Cameron, Zachary and Jesse Rassel, Scott Allen and Steve Schuetz.