Shirley Rasmussen

Shirley Ann Rasmussen

July 2nd, 1936 - September 24th, 2020
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Shirley A. Rasmussen, 84, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Jenkins Living Center.

Public Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Watertown with Reverend Marilyn Spurrell and Reverend Scott Dempster officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, October 5, 2020 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

A private family burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.

Urn bearers will be Matt Hegg, Eric Jacobson, Brandon Rasmussen, Spencer Rasmussen, Blake Rasmussen and Samantha Rasmussen.

Honorary Urn bearers are the rest of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Shirley Ann Rasmussen, daughter of Marvin and Elva (Anderson) Fedt was born on July 2, 1936 in rural Hayti, SD. Shirley grew up on the family farm near Bryant where she attended school and graduated from Bryant High School in 1954.

On October 13, 1957 she married Dale Rasmussen at the Garfield Lutheran Church in Hamlin County. They lived in Watertown and five children were born to this union. Shirley was a homemaker, worked at the First National Bank in Watertown and did babysitting at her home for several years. In 1975, she began working at Taco Johns until she retired in 2003. Shirley was affectionately known as Granny Taco. She then did volunteer work at Prairie Lakes Hospital.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a monthly birthday club and a Bible study group. Her husband, Dale passed away in 1988.

Shirley enjoyed going to rummage sales, going for walks, dressing up for Halloween and spending time at the river. Shirley would also be seen around town in her red Volkswagen bug.

Shirley is survived by her children, Leah (Dave) Hegg, Dawn (Chad) Voelsch and Steve (Patty) Rasmussen of Watertown, Dallas (Darla) Rasmussen of Lake Norden, and Jack (Heather) Rasmussen of Watertown; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Sharon Herman of Watertown; her special friend, Gary Voelsch of Watertown; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dale; her parents; her step mother, Hertha; one sister and brother-in-law, Rozella and LeRoy Noem; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gene and Carol Rasmussen; and two brothers-in-law, Vernon Rasmussen and William Herman.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel,
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday October 5th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday October 5th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Tuesday October 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday October 6th, 2020 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    4 2nd Ave SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Pastor Marilyn Spurrell
    Pastor Scott Dempster
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Julie Lindemann

Posted at 12:29pm
Leah, Dawn, & Family, After moving to SD as a child with no relatives in the area I found a sense of family and friendship in our neighbors. I remember swinging on your swings together, playing in the toy room, riding skateboards down the front sidewalk... and the warm spirit felt throughout your home. Shirley was such a positive influence as a mother, and will live on in each of you and your children. Blessings in your future. - Julie (Gibson) Lindemann


Posted at 12:25pm
It is with both a blessing and great sadness that our Happy hour birthday club member has left us. We all had such a good time getting together the first Monday of each month to celebrate a birthday gal. We have missed Shirley for the past few years. It is unknown now if the club will ever get back together. I share your grief at this time. Take care Debbie Lukonen

Bob Snell and Family

Posted at 12:38pm
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
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Audrey (Weber) Rohde

Posted at 07:34am
Our Deepest Condolences and Prayers for the family

Dan Rinerson

Posted at 11:51am
My deepest condolences to Shirley's family.
I have known Shirley my whole life. She always greeted me with a smile and was ready to chat. She would tell me about her children and grandchildren and that her family was doing well. I haven't been around South Dakota in the last 40+ years much but when I was back I'd go to Taco John's and there was Shirley same bright spirit I became accustomed to meeting over the decades. She was a Blessed soul.

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