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Tom Rassel

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tom Rassel, 70, of Cleghorn, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at his home.

Thomas Robert Rassel was born Oct. 13, 1941, in Le Mars, the son of Frank and Fern (Peck) Rassel. The family moved to Marcus, where Tom attended Holy Name Catholic School.

On Feb. 16, 1963, Tom and Donna Lea Rokes were united in marriage at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. They made their home in Marcus before moving to Cleghorn in 1969.

In early years, Tom worked as a farm hand before taking a job with the First Cooperative Association in Cleghorn. Tom was employed with the Coop for 39 years before his health forced him to retire.

During his retirement he continued to drive truck and operate Tom's Mowing and Tilling. He also liked to help area farmers with the harvest.

Tom was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus.

He enjoyed bowling, playing pinochle and other card games, camping and boating. Tom was a Farmall and John Deere fan, motorcycle rider and had fun visiting with his coffee group at the Cleghorn Community Center.

Most of all he cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He will be lovingly remembered by his seven children: Lori A. Head and her fiancÚ, Kurt Kahl, of N. Palm Beach, Fla., Brenda Parker and her husband, Ted, of Cherokee, Robert Rassel and his special friend, Danielle of Oldham, S.D., Pam Wetherell and her husband, Todd, of Cleghorn, Melanie Conover and her husband, Mike, of Cherokee, Shelly Tackett and her special friend. Roscoe Miller of Cleghorn, and Dean Rassel of N. Palm Beach, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, Stephanie Hill and her husband, Kevin, Steven Wetherell and his fiancÚ, Kristen, Michael Wetherell, Kayla Rassel and her fiancÚ, Brandon, Kyle, Brett and Allysa Rassel, Jennifer Miller and her husband, Will, Jared Conover, Derek, Jessica and Justin Lewis, and Cody Rassel; three great-grandchildren, Brayan and Samantha Hill and Lux Miller; two sisters, Kathy Johnson of Marcus, and Norma Bushman and her husband, John, of Billings, Mont.; two brothers, Paul Rassel and his wife, Nancy, of Marcus, and Wayne Rassel and his wife, Margaret, of Le Mars.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; wife Donna on June 2, 2008; a great-granddaughter, Faith Renee Hill; a sister, Mary Brownmiller; and brothers, Chuck, Lawrence and Floyd.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. today (Tuesay) at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, with the Rev. Msgr. Kenneth A. Seifried celebrating the Mass. Burial was at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery in Marcus. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Monday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, with the family present from 5-8 p.m. and a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. There was also one hour of visitation at the church prior to the Mass on Tuesday.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.

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