SSS member Col Robert A. Rasmussen, Age 81, of Austin, passed away Oct. 26, 2015. Service Nov. 4, 10 a.m. at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home He was born  on July 31, 1934 in Galveston, TX. Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean Martin Rasmussen.

Bob attended Ball High in Galveston, then transferred to Tivy High in Kerrville TX as a junior, graduating in 1951. Bob loved flying & became a pilot at age 16, taking secret flying lessons at the Kerrville airport because he knew his parents would never give him permission.

Bob served as a decorated officer in the US Air Force for 27 years and rose to the rank of Colonel. He earned the Bronze Star and flew many missions in Vietnam. He was proud to be an American Veteran. Retiring in 1982 as a Colonel.  He went on to have a successful career as a Merrill Lynch as a Financial Consultant for 29 years until he retired in Jan 2011 as a Vice President and a Senior Investment Advisor.

Bob made friends everywhere he went and at every club he joined. He belonged to many organizations, Texas Exes, Rotary Club of Austin, Aces, Daedalians, Men of the Church, & many others. He made people laugh & smile. He had a wicked sense of humor, he was bright, blunt, & decisive yet always kind & generous. Even in recent years as his memory loss progressed he became sweeter, kinder, more patient & deeply appreciative. Bob was a story teller, he didn’t make them up, he lived them.

Bob loved beaches, bays, oceans, lakes, rivers, fishing, boating, skiing, seafood, & swimming. He put Robby, Ande & Elise on swim teams to make sure they could swim far & fast. Bob loved to travel and he & Jean saw the world. They went on over 45 cruises all over the world, spanning every ocean, every continent, & many ports, countries, seas & great rivers. Bob also loved photography.

His family thanks the professionals at the University Medical Center Brackenridge ER, Westminster Arbor & Hospice Austin for their excellent care during Bob’s final days.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bob’s honor to the Austin Rotary Club Foundation, 301 E 8th Street, Austin 78701 or a nonprofit of your choice.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. A Celebration of Robert’s Life Service will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral with Rev. Erin Hensley officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 P.M. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road in San Antonio.

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