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James Keith Rasmusson, age 72, of Holland, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 at his home.

Survived by his wife of 24 years, Kristina; brother, Thomas Rasmusson, from Lansing; sister, Marilyn Rasmusson, from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.  Jim was loving father to Xeno Rasmusson, from San Ramon, CA; step-father to Justin Wood, Chico, CA, Mira Conklin, Portland, OR, and Rose Mary Wood, Lansing, MI.  He loved his two grandsons dearly, Justin Castorena and Augustine Conklin.

Jim was a unique, multi-talented, unforgettable person.  He won many awards for his fine-art photography, was a prolific writer, award winning and published poet, punster, wordsmith, and singer.  He took 3rd place in the National Collegiate Champion Weight Lifting when at MSU.  Jim was an inventor, engineer, machinist, and certified orthotist/prosthetist.  He currently supervised the engineering lab at Grand Valley State University and was known to be patient, caring, and always looking for ways to contribute to the engineering students.  He was an unassuming, and humble man.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial which will be held in Jim’s honor, at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at The Holland Arts Council, 150 E. 8th St, Holland.  

His art can be viewed at fineartamerica.com.  Below, is a poem from Jim’s book At the Podium of the Heart

Charity
Work for the good of the World Fellowship
Laugh so a heavy heart can be lightened
Weep for the passing of a great soul
Dance for the coming of a New Age
Eat to sustain the holy temple
Play so that others may enjoy
Learn from the book of life
Search with a humble heart
Live in the living present
Pray for the Grace of God
Fight for those who can’t
Lift your fallen brother
Soar above the albatross
Hear the Inner Voice
Speak the truth
Serve others
Love

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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