Richard Otis Rasmussen, 76, Brookings, died Oct. 24, 2001, of heart failure.

He was born April 16, 1925, in Cutbank, Mont., to Otis Ralph and Mildred Inez (Dunlap) Rasmussen.

He was raised in Klamath Falls and Tulelake, Calif., and graduated from Klamath Union High School. He served in the Navy until the end of World War II.

He married Mary Muggs Rodman in Canyonville, and retired in Brookings after living in Winston, Riddle and LaPine.

Mr. Rasmussen was a volunteer fireman, EMT, Boy Scout troop leader, charter member and president of the LaPine Lions Club, Lions District G past president and life member of the South Umpqua Masonic Lodge.

He was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years; son, Mike Rasmussen and wife, Rita; daughters, Marla Jo Hardy and husband, Jason; Marcie Renee Rasmussen-Nieman; sister, Jeanne J. Ford; and grandchildren, Michelle and husband, Bill Niles; Crystal and husband, Jeff Roebuck; and Cole and Chase Nieman.

He is also survived by great-granddaughter, Celena Niles; sister-in-law, Wanda Springstead and husband, Wayne; nieces, Sandy Allen, Leslie Dol, Jodi Sthrehlo, and Lori Spencer; and nephew, Steve Garbodin.

Mr. Rasmussen is preceded in death by his parents, and his in-laws, Chauncey Earl and Mary Magdalean (Parr) Rodman.

Cryptside services will be Monday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Deschutes Memorial Park in Bend. At the familys request, contributions may be made in Mr. Rasmussens memory to either the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Fund.