Larry Asmussen

Died: Tue., Mar. 21, 2017

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 15, 2017
Location: Faith Baptist Church

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Larry Charles Asmussen was born on October 17, 1921 to Otto and Addie Asmussen in Payette, Idaho. Shortly after he was born the family moved to Longview, WA and Larry grew up there until the arrival of the depression in 1929. Larry, his parents and his sister June returned to Payette so Otto could find work. Larry finished his schooling in Payette, graduating from Payette High School in 1940. WW II intervened after Larry attended a year of Junior College. He trained in the Army Air Corps for eleven months, and when his unit was being deployed to England, because of his eyesight restrictions, he was not allowed to go with them overseas. He asked to be discharged from the service, so he could go home and work for the war effort there. His family had moved to Portland, Oregon so that Otto could work in the shipyards, and Larry joined him in working in the shipyards in sheet metal.
On June 1, 1944 Larry married his sweetheart, Bethel Brown of Ontario, Oregon. She had just completed nurses training, and the new couple moved to Portland, so that Larry could work at Albina Sheet Metal while Bethel nursed at Dornbecher Hospital. Larry dedicated his life to God at Hinson Baptist Church, and spent the remainder of his life serving his savior Jesus Christ.
Larry William Asmussen was born on April 3, 1945 to Larry and Bethel. He lived for only five weeks, and following the death the couple sold their belongings, boarded a train, and moved to Ontario. Larry found a job working in sheet metal there, but later, following advice he chose to enter the medical world and became a certified x-ray technician. Two more sons were born to Larry and Bethel in Ontario, Clifford Dean born April 17, 1947 and John Carl born April 1st, 1950. Larry made the decision to come to Burns, Oregon in 1950 and became an x-ray tech in their new hospital. In a short time he also became the hospital administrator. He enjoyed the work, but then the Burns Medical Clinic invited him to work as their administrator and business manager while continuing some x-ray work at the hospital, and so he accepted the position. Larry was business manager there until he retired in 1987.
In 1954 Larry and Bethel adopted a daughter from Korea and named her Beth Lynn.
Larry was a very good athlete and enjoyed sports of all kinds. He was active at Faith Baptist Church serving and leading others to his Lord and Savior. During his life he served as an elder, deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Bible Study leader. He sang in quartets as well as in the church choir.
He was invited to join the Gideons International, and greatly enjoyed this work throughout the rest of his life, passing out Bibles and speaking in churches. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Burns.
In his later years he enjoyed traveling and cruising, pursuing his hobbies, close family times, as well as church worship, service and Christian fellowship. Larry passed into Heaven on the morning of March 21st, 2017, at the age of 95.
He leaves behind his wife of 72 years, Bethel Asmussen, son Cliff and wife Peggy Asmussen of Burns, and son John and wife Jennie Asmussen of Bend. His daughter Beth Lynn preceded him in death. Larry has eight grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren, and all his family will miss him very much, and are extremely proud to have shared in his life and love.

“As for man, his days are like grass; but the loving kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to their children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts.”

Psalms 103:15-18
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