|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1936|
|Death: ||Mar. 29, 2008|
Hans William Rasmussen, age 71, passed away March 29, 2008, in St. George, Utah.
He was born on July 3, 1936, to Louis Duane and Violet Petersen Rasmussen in Cedar City, Utah. They called him Billy. He spent the early part of his life in Fillmore, then in Provo, Utah. Hans graduated from Provo High, then attended Brigham Young University for two years. Hans worked with his father for Utah Construction Company. Hans was inducted into the military in 1956, completing his basic training in Company D, 5th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. He was later stationed at Camp Hanford, Washington. He received a Certificate of Achievement from the 31st Artillery Brigade, Battery D Missile Battalion. It was quite an honor. He was honorably discharged in 1958, then from the Air Force Reserve in 1962. Hans loved his country, and respected and honored the flag.
Hans found his eternal companion, and married Melva Gifford in the St. George, Utah Temple on July 16, 1960. They moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where he continued his education at the University of Utah. Hans worked for the Kennecott Copper mine, working as their Chief Chemist at the Arthur Mill. From 1962 to 1964, he worked for Hercules, which was responsible for the development of analytical techniques for solid fuel rocket motors. He later was self-employed as a metallurgical chemist, working on his own mining projects, and working with various companies solving their metallurgical process problems. Hans moved his family to St. George in 1979. Hans has too many accomplishments to mention, among which are six US patents in metallurgical chemistry, with additional patents that he was working on.
Hans is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He sent all three of his children on missions. He served as Ward Clerk and Executive Secretary. Hans' hobbies and interests include his grandkids, golfing, rock hounding, silversmithing, and watching is wife perform in the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, the Southwest Chorale, and others. Melva is the love of his life.
Hans was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson, Stephen Swan.
Hans is survived by his eternal companion, Melva; his son, Brian (Mary) Rasmussen; his daughters, Madalyn (Mark Swan), Myrlene (Brian Smith); his brother, Brian L. (Eva) Rasmussen; his sister, Kathleen (Arnold Horton); and eight living grandchildren.
Boppa, we'll miss you so much, and we love you way more!
The family would like to thank all the physicians and health care providers that tried so hard on his behalf.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. George 4th Ward Chapel, 449 S. 300 E. Visitations will be held Tuesday, April 1, 2008, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., and again Wednesday, one hour prior to Services at the Chapel.
Interment will take place at the Jolley-Gifford Springdale Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Published in the Daily Herald on 4/1/2008.
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Apr 01, 2008
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