John Rasmussen

July 19, 1945 - April 1, 2024

John Arthur Rasmussen was born July 19, 1945, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and died April 1, 2024 in Lincoln.

John grew up in Omaha and graduated from Creighton Prep. He went to the University of Nebraska and completed a degree in political science and became a member of the Innocents Society. He entered the Law College, and while there met Christie Ann Reed. In 1970 he and Christie graduated – he from the Law College and she from the University – and they were married.

John and Christie settled in Omaha where John worked in private practice. He later joined Northern Natural Gas and went on to practice law for 31 years, before retiring as general counsel of Mid-American Energy in 2001. John was modest, but his colleagues knew him as an excellent lawyer, noted for his honesty, integrity, and his impressive work ethic. Colleagues called him UNIVAC for his uncanny ability to hoover, process, and synthesize information.

John enjoyed the outdoors. He was a skilled hunter, crack shot, and dog friend. He passed his summers in Park Rapids, Minnesota felling trees, mowing acres of lawn, and, with Christie, hosting throngs of family and friends to what they called the RasMooseInn. In 2010, he and Christie moved full time to the Inn, and, with his characteristic level of intensity, they took up cycling. Joining the Hubbard Bikers, John and Christie rode through the Minnesota woods and across swaths of the European continent. In 2012, John and his friend Fred completed an epic bicycle journey, following the Lewis and Clark Trail from Great Falls, Montana to Crescent, Iowa. John was the President of the Park Rapids Rotary Club.

John loved and was loved by his family. He is survived by his wife, Christie, their four sons, James (Margarita), John (Kirthana), Christopher (Svetlana), and Peter (Naomi), seven grandchildren, and his siblings Christine Sorensen, William Rasmussen, and Michael Rasmussen. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Louise (Mickey), and his sisters Karen Thompson and Constance Rasmussen.

Family, including in-laws and his many nephews and nieces, sought out John’s counsel when faced with life’s difficulties. His well-earned reputation for insight, compassion, and wisdom made him the natural leader of the family. He will be missed.

Services will be held June 22, 2024 at 11:00 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (6111 Morrill Avenue, Lincoln). A luncheon following the service will be held at Room 86 at Firethorn Golf Club.
The family asks that donations in honor of John be made to the following organizations: Alzheimer’s Association or the People’s City Mission, Lincoln.


Funeral Service


St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

6111 Morrill Ave. Lincoln NE 68507


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April 12, 2024

We’ve been blessed to call John and Christie dear friends for many years and many adventures. One of the first things Christie told me about him was that he had a great way of telling a story- she was so right. We spent evenings in Park Rapids on their porch laughing at his many tales. We miss him but we certainly won’t forget him.

– Stephen and Meriel Mellor
April 8, 2024

Seeing John’s picture brought tears. Oh how we miss John. Our best friend ever!! Life was a joy when he was around… We will meet him again in a better place!

– Ruth & Curt
April 7, 2024

This gentle, wise, humble, brilliant, kind, fun-loving man will be missed forever. I remember him dancing at the St Patrick’s Day Party, and we always enjoyed him at church and with the bike group.

– Betty & Mark Larsen
April 6, 2024

We have so many wonderful memories of biking experiences with John and Christie. We can still hear John’s voice as he remembered his life stories and shared his wisdom. We miss them both from the Hubbard bike group and we are so sorry to hear of the loss of John.

– Bob and Diana Carter
April 5, 2024

Some of our very best times and memories were in the company of a great man named John Rasmussen. Forever made the room a happy place and every bike ride a total joy. You will be sorely missed for now John. See you later………….

– The Odegard’s, Larry and Karen
April 4, 2024

Our sympathies to Christie and family. John was a dear friend whether trimming our trees, playing bridge or sharing thoughts at our fellowship group. We will miss him.

– Gail and Stu Hamilton
April 3, 2024

John was such a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed by many. God bless his memory.

– Kathy and Stuart Larson

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