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Vaughn "Red" Rasmussen


Vaughn "Red" Rasmussen Obituary
VAUGHN "RED" RASMUSSEN Vaughn "Red" Rasmussen, 88, passed away Dec. 2nd, 2016, at his home in Pahrump, with his wife Clara by his side. He was 1 month from his 89th birthday. He was born in Vester Alling, Denmark, on Jan. 23, 1928. Vaughn had 3 brothers and 3 sisters, and they lived on a small farm in Denmark. Vaughn left his Danish family at the age of 22, and immigrated to Canada, where he worked in the Yukon and Northwest Territory mining for gold, silver, and uranium. He immigrated to the United States in 1955, where he worked for Homestake Mining in Moab, Utah, for 11 years, mining uranium. He met his wife Clara in Salt Lake City, and they married in Las Vegas in 1961. He became a US Citizen in 1963. He was asked to move to California and manage the Death Valley Talc Mines in 1967 for Pfizer, Inc. His family moved to Shoshone, Calif., and Vaughn managed the Pfizer mines until they closed in 1988. While living in Shoshone, he was active at the Little Church in Tecopa. Pfizer transferred him to Dillon, Mont., he worked there for 1 year, and then he retired. Vaughn and Clara purchased a 5th wheel RV and traveled around the country for 3-1/2 years and settled in Pahrump, Nev., where they built their home. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was also a Shriner. He was active in the Pahrump Valley United Methodist Church for 25 years. His great love was his family, the church, and the Shriners. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and his first son. He leaves behind his wife, Clara, of 55 years; 2 sons: Vern of Pahrump, Kenny (Esther) of Califorinia, and his daughter AnnMarie (Mike) of California; 1 brother and 1 sister in Denmark; 5 grandchildren: Lisa, Kirsten, Andreas, Isaac and Hannah, and many nieces and nephews in Denmark and Calif. A Memorial Service will be held at the PV United Methodist Church on Dec. 17th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the United Methodist Church or c/o Zelzah Shrine Transportation Fund.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Dec. 9, 2016
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