John Chester Rasmussen, 85, of Gurnee IL, died Tuesday March 31,2020 after a prolonged illness. John was born in Evanston, IL, September 20, 1934, the son of Nels and Dorothy (Hooker) Rasmussen.
He is survived by his loving wife Janice (Weber) Rasmussen; sons David(Nancy), Steve(Diane) and daughter Debora(DJ), Sister-in-law Gail Rasmussen; four grandchildren Tristan(Jim), Nicole(Nathan), Eric, Tyler, and two great-grandchildren: Noah and Nina; ten nieces and nephews and many close friends.
John joined the US Air Force and was trained as an Aircraft Electrical Mechanic and finished his High School education while in the Air Force. Following his years of service in Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, and Langley AFB Virginia, he was honorably discharged. He had the opportunity to join Ameritech/Illinois Bell Systems of Illinois where he worked until retirement.
John met and fell in love with Janice Weber. They were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, Loretta Gantz-Schevikhoven. John became a member of Janice’s Church, Shepherd of the Lakes in Grayslake, Illinois, where they were married on February 14, 1998.
John loved fast roller coaster rides at Great America, camping, backpacking, gardening, large jigsaw puzzles and 1950s and 1960s popular music. Many will remember him by his larger-than-life smile and willingness to lend a hand.
John is now at peace with his parents Nels and Dorothy (Hooker) Rasmussen and siblings: Mary Lou (French), Dorothy (Glazier), Nels, Gerald, Ann (Sabotta) and Christine (Tucker), Niece Kathy Glazier, Nephews Robert Glazier and Scott Karnuth.
Final Arrangements by Warren Funeral Home, Cemetery, & Mausoleum,1475 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031, (847) 855-2760.
Services will be private due to Stay-at-home orders.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association at (800) 242-8721 or www.heart.org or Shepherd of the Lakes, 285 E. Washington St., Grayslake, Illinois 60030, (847) 223-4111.