November 22, 2016
November 22, 2016
Michael died on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at his home in Fargo after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was first diagnosed in November of 2003. For the next 13 years, Michael lived life to the fullest; enjoying family and friends and exhibiting nothing but strength and determination in his daily life as well as his struggles with health.
Michael John Rasmussen was born on April 7, 1949, the son of Lyle and Aileen (Sims) Rasmussen in Ladysmith, WI. He grew up on the family farm in Bruce, WI, and received his schooling. Michael proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from September of 1968 until his discharge in May of 1971. Michael later attended Moorhead State Technical College in Moorhead where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Business.
Throughout the years, Michael enjoyed his time driving truck. In later years he owned and operated Mike’s Lawn and Snow in Fargo. In 2011, Michael accomplished one of his greatest gifts; he and his wife, Mary Ellen, published his book Mr. Nobody: a memoir. In the book, he shares his life story encouraging the reader to live life to its fullest and overcome any adversity. He loved spending time with his family – especially his beloved grandsons, listening to “old time” country music and dancing.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ellen of Fargo; his daughter, Hannah (Jon) Randles of Watford City, ND – and grandsons, Ian and Landon Randles; his step-daughter, Jennifer (Steve Spader) DeMaio – and grandsons, Gabe and Cole Spader; and step-son, Jim DeMaio of Owensboro, KY. Also surviving are his siblings – Neil (Madge) Rasmussen, Clara DeMarco, Don (Nancy) Rasmussen, Carol Holum, Karen Strom, Joan Krager, Nancy Rasmussen, and Larry Rasmussen; and many nieces and nephews; and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Michael John; his parents and siblings – Blanche Krager, Richard Rasmussen and Jim Rasmussen.
VISITATION: 4-5 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo
FUNERAL SERVICE: 5 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo
BURIAL: 1 PM Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND