Robert Rasmussen, 91, of Ephraim passed away on June 12, 2012 in his home in Fairhope, AL. His family has a long history in Ephraim after they initially came from Norway in the late 1850’s. His Grandfather build a cottage in Ephraim in the 20’s and his father, Amos Rasmussen, retired to Ephraim in the 60’s and was active in the village, even becoming a Fyr Bal Chieftain in the late 70’s. Since the early 90’s, Bob and wife Carolyn alternated 6 months in Ephraim and 6 months on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. He was very active in the Peninsula Golf Association at the Park and was a part of the Tuesday/Thursday scramble every week during summers in Ephraim.
One of his favorite stories was to tell people he spent time in Ephraim every summer of his life except for World War II. The Army, for some reason, would not let him come home from the war to spend his summers in Ephraim.
Bob spent summers as a caddy at the Peninsula State Park course, traveling up from his Chicago home. He met his wife in Ephraim as a teenager, although no sparks occurred until after his service in the Army during WWII when they once again met up in St. Louis. He caddied for Spencer Gould which led to his eventual career with the Reliable Life Insurance Company. Bob and wife, Carolyn, lived in St. Louis and made the drive to Ephraim every summer to stay in the cottage that his grandfather had built.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of nearly 65 years and children, Becky (Terry) Maddox and Peter (Susie) Rasmussen, four grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.