Norman Thorval Rasmussen, Sr. passed away peacefully on October 17, 2016 at the age of 95. He was born on July 4, 1921 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Norman is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Lourdes (Nenita) Joaquin Rasmussen; his three children, Norman T. Rasmussen Jr, Julie D. Rasmussen (Craig Allen), and Christy (Steve) Compton; two granddaughters, Tiffany O’Neill and Elizabeth Rasmussen; and a great granddaughter, Ashlee O’Neill. He is also survived by his stepdaughters Lizanne Roque (Ping De Leon) and Sarah Flores; step-grandchildren Erica Roque (Pete Jutin), Anthony (Melissa) Roque and Martin Bell; and a step-great grandson, Sam Jutin.
Norman attended East Side High School in Green Bay, where he won a state-wide diving competition and where his beloved Green Bay Packers played. He attended Lawrence University in Appleton, graduating in 1943. He taught at Iowa University for a year while attending graduate school. In 1945, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory. In 1947, he started at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, where he was a physicist for nearly 50 years. He was in the Navy Reserves from 1943 to 1978 and rose to the rank of Commander.
Throughout his life, Norman remained an avid sports fan, donning his cheesehead every Sunday while rooting for his home team. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife around the world and doing various DIY projects at home in his spare time.
His immediate family has planned a private service to celebrate his life.