Wilmer Stephen Rasmus “Steve”

Wilmer Stephen Rasmus “Steve”

Steve was the son of Wilmer LeRoy “WL” Rasmus and Olive Glendola “Lancaster” Rasmus. He was born Dec. 4, 1944 in Chariton.

Steve was very close with his parents he helped around the family farm, chickens, cows in the field and whatever needed to be done.

Steve attended country school and according to grandma his horse would take him to school and meet him after school got out. Then he would meet grandma for Pepsi and chips then it was chore time.

Steve married Wilma Ann Heidman on Jan. 11, 1962 and their first born on Nov. 16, 1962, Terry Jo. Steve graduated Chariton High School in 1963. Dad and Mom lived on the farm then to town. Dad worked at Finch’s Gas Station, delivered cream, Hy-Vee, drove truck for Pulley Freight Lines. They bought their first house on Braden and sister Tammy arrived in 1968. I remember bringing her home and thinking I had someone to play with.

We all missed Dad when he was on the truck and always glad when he returned. Later he gave up trucking and worked for Dean Lynam Concrete then he created Chariton Wall Company. What a crew he had. Scott Krutsinger, Tony Kunch, Hickerson. Scott says today that Dad was the Best Boss he ever had.

Dad was a fast car enthusiast. He began at Airport Highway in the day and had one of the fastest cars in L.C. He and Grandpa worked diligently, they were always working on something in that old garage. Lots of good memories for all in there.

Mom and Dad built their first new home on the family farm 1977-78 and continued to care for Grandma Rasmus. In 1983 they purchased the Hurribak Club, mom also worked at LCHC as an x-ray tech. Later they sponsored “67” Steve Ruepke at Derby Raceway and what fun we had. They also traveled to other raceways and a lot of good times and good friends had by all.

Steve and Wilma were members of F.O.E. for many years. Both held various positions and were very loyal to this organization.

In 1984 Mom was diagnosed with cancer. She lived until 1991 and lost her battle, doctors said it was a miracle she lived that long. She was strong everyone called Mighty Mouse and thank you to all who helped in that difficult time. Hurricane you were a rock. Even when she didn’t feel good she always lent a helping hand especially with grandkids, Jeff and Ryan and worked diligently with Dad at the bar.

She kept Dad in line and always gave a lending hand when she could.

Mom and Dad were very proud grandparents, kids were so spoiled – Mama and Papa. Mom lost her fight in 1991. Mom told Tammy and I she knew us like a book.

Brandon Andrew Terrell was born on May 9, 1993 on Mother’s Day. He was my present from my mom. The grandson she would never see and Daniel Andrew Rasmus on Sept. 23, 1991, Tammy’s son and Maicy Ann Jo Rasmus born December 2000, Tammy’s daughter.

Brandon and Daniel named after mom “Ann”, “Andrew”, Maicy after Mom “Ann” “Jo” after Aunt Terry.

Dad was an avid race car fan especially at Knoxville sponsoring Bruce Williams anything, from working on motors, changing motors, tires, timing etc…making sure Bruce was safe, they were friends on and off the track. I want to thank Bob Burley and Flo for being lifelong friends. Love ya guys.

Dad was a friend of many; hard worker, great person and when he looked over his glass you knew you were in trouble. Ha-Ha….

Dad was very proud to be a member of the Masons and Shriners. He held many positions at the Masons and recruited lots of people, played Santa Claus many years in the parade and at schools. My children figured this out with his distinctive laugh.

Steve Rasmus was a respected member of the community and a hell of a guy we all miss you.

Love your family

Daughter Terry Jo, grandsons Jeffrey Stephen, great grandchildren Mia Anna Lou, Finn Stephen, grandson Ryan LeRoy, grandson Branson Andrew, grandson Daniel Andrew and girl friend Michelle, Great grandchildren Addison, Kaye and Kinston. Granddaughter Maicy Ann Jo Rasmus.

Steve was preceded in death by his wife Wilma, daughter Tammy Jean, Parents Wilmer LeRoy and Glendola Rasmus, sister Sharon, grandparents Guy and Laura Rasmus, “Uncle Harold Rasmus”, in-laws, Cecil and Laura Gustin, sister-in-law Jean Conner, grandparents James and Mary Lancaster and many more relatives and a lot of friends.


It is so ironic you were 74 and mom 47 turned around, you left this world Aug. 28, Mom had been gone 28 years. I had three new leaves on mom’s plant, six days in hospice, six day’s on the road to home and I’m gonna make it home tonight… and you did.

Forever your family

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