Leo H. Rasing, 88
Leo H. Rasing, age 88 of New Hampton, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab surrounded by his family.
A private family mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton, with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating the mass.
Burial was held at St. Boniface Cemetery in Ionia.
Online condolences for Leo’s family may be left at www. conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to Rita Rasing, 201 E Washington St, New Hampton, IA 50659.
Leo Herbert was born August 5, 1932, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Tillman) Rasing in New Hampton.
He attended and graduated from St. Boniface Catholic School in 1950.
After completing his education, Leo worked at Rath Packing Company.
He was then drafted into the United States Army where he served at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, until his honorable discharge. Upon his return home, he purchased the Rasing family farm.
While attending a dance in Lawler, Leo met the love of his life, Rita Jacobs. The couple were united in marriage on April 25, 1956 at Immaculate Conception in North Washington.
Leo and Rita welcomed their eight children — Joyce, Karen, Linda, Ken, Jim, Kevin, Melvin, and Bob. Leo made his life on the farm until his retirement which came with the fall harvest of 1994. Throughout the years, Leo taught his family the value of hard work, honesty and integrity. Together, he and Rita were an example of faith and love.
He enjoyed playing cards, taking family trips and watching his Western TV shows.
Leo and Rita were members of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia.
Those left to honor Leo’s memory are his wife, Rita of New Hampton; his children, Joyce Rasing of Hugo, Minnesota, Karen (Duane) Schwickerath of Waverly, Linda Woodruff of Rudd, Ken (Shari) Rasing of New Hampton, Jim Rasing of New Hampton, Kevin (Peney) Rasing of Fredericksburg, and Bob Rasing of New Hampton; his 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Roger (Kathleen) Rasing of Ankeny; one sister, Darlene Carver of Greenwood, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was welcomed home by his parents; his son, Melvin; grandson, Travis; son-in-law, Scott Woodruff; his siblings, Edwin (Anna Marie) Rasing, Alverna (Virgil) Schneider, and Father Linus E. Rasing; and his brother-in-law, Larry Carver.