August 2, 2019


Kathlyn “Eileen” Rasmussen, 89, of Ames, Iowa, and formerly of rural Scranton, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Story County Senior Care in Nevada, Iowa.

Funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Pleasant Ridge Evangelical Free Church near Glidden with Pastor Mark Henderson officiating. Casket bearers will be Eileen’s grandchildren. Burial will be at Scranton Township Cemetery near Scranton.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden. Visitation at the church will be from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Eileen was born on Feb. 13, 1930, on her family’s farm near Joice, Iowa, and was a daughter of Johnny and Anne (Ness) Slattum. She grew up on the farm and attended school in Joice until her sophomore year when she attend Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. After her schooling, Eileen worked as a nurse’s aide in a hospital in Minneapolis and later as an elevator operator in a bank.

She met Calvin Rasmussen at a winter Bible conference in Minneapolis. They were married on Sept. 2, 1950, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Joice. Eileen lived with a pastor’s family in Enterprise, Alabama, for two years while Calvin served in the Army. After his discharge, they farmed near Sheffield, Iowa, and Lidderdale, Iowa, before moving back to the Rasmussen family farm near Scranton where they raised their family.

Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior which she passed along to her children and grandchildren. She was a hardworking farmwife and made sure everyone was well-fed and the farm ran smoothly. Eileen truly had a servant’s heart. She enjoyed oil painting, traveling to Arizona with Calvin for 22 winters, and going on missionary trips and cruises. Eileen also enjoyed spending time with her good friend Harold Gilbert.

Eileen is survived by daughter Julianne Pritchett (Jim) of Ames, Iowa; son Kevin Rasmussen (Jean) of Glidden, Iowa; daughter Renae Dunkelberger (Dave) of Ames; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister Junice DeGroot (Harm) of Sheffield, Iowa; sister-in-law Marlyss Slattum of Orland Park, Illinoia; brother-in-law John Mehr of Dumfries, Virginia; three sisters-in-law, Julie Rasmussen and Mary Rasmussen of Florida, and Terry Rasmusssen of Britt, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Anne Slattum; father- and mother-in-law, Joseph and Anena Rasmussen; two brothers, Duane and Arden Slattum; and daughter-in-law Maureen Rasmussen.