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Obituary for Harry Rasmussen Sand
Harry Rasmussen Sand, 94, of Menlo, Iowa passed away peacefully July 29, 2017 at the Stuart Community Care Center. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Saturday, August 5 at the Johnson Family Funeral Home – Stuart Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday in Union Cemetery, Guthrie Center, Iowa with full military honors. (Professional Arrangements: Johnson Family Funeral Home & Crematory – Stuart Chapel).
Harry was born February 4, 1923 on a farm north of Guthrie Center in Wichita, Iowa to Peter and Mary Rasmussen Sand. He grew up on the family farm and attended Brushy River Valley Rural School # 2 and graduated from Guthrie Center High School with the class of 1941. Shortly after graduating, Harry enlisted into the United States Marine Corps during World War II. During this time he served as a Platoon Sergeant in the Pacific and participated in action against the enemy at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands (20th of November 1943), Saipan & Tinian, Marianas Islands (25th of July, 1944 – August of 1944) and Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands (3rd of June 1945 – 22nd of June, 1945). He received a purple heart after being wounded in Okinawa. Harry was honorably discharged after serving his country proud on January 16th, 1946 and afterward returned to the Guthrie Center area. He was united in marriage to Beverly Derry on October 12, 1947 in Jefferson, Iowa and to this union four children were born, Richard, Tom, Connie and Julie. After their marriage they farmed north of Guthrie Center before making their home on a farm outside of Menlo. Harry farmed most of his life, not only crops, but milking dairy cattle as well. He also did carpentry work around the area before retiring. After their retirement, Harry and Beverly moved into Menlo in 1977. During his retirement, Harry stayed busy helping Beverly out at the Menlo School with janitorial work and woodworking. He was a Life Member of the Menlo American Legion and helped with the funeral details when called upon. He also belonged to the Bowling Association. Harry enjoyed playing slow pitch softball in his younger years, bowling, fishing, carpentry work, hunting, playing a good game of horse shoes with family and friends, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, and watching baseball games especially the Cubs and the Royals.
Harry is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Mary, his beloved wife, Beverly and siblings, Nels, Hans and Howard Sand.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his children, Richard (Lori) Sand of Kansas City, Missouri, Tom (Denise) Sand of Dexter, Connie (Bruce) Foglesong of Linden and Julie Sand of Stuart; grandchildren, Rich Sand, Rian Sand, Kelly Sand, Kyle Sand, James Foglesong, Mikel Wierick, Jessica Sand, Karalee Scott, Chrisi Hutchins and Montana Smith; 18 great grandchildren and a host of cousins and friends all of whom will miss him greatly.