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MikeD
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posted March 16, 2000 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MikeD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
From the Seattle Times:

Art RASMUSSEN
Passed away at age 49 on Monday, March 13, 2000. Art, the son of Finn & Oddlaug Rasmussen, was born in Long Island, New York on October 4, 1950, and was raised in Seattle, Washington. A 1968 graduate of Ingraham High School, Art applied his talents to jobs as an auto mechanic, artist, construction superintendent, custom automotive machinist, racecar builder and crew chief, and even owned a screen print shop for a while. Since 1989 Art operated Art Rasmussen Design and Fabrication, Inc., a Hot Rod shop in the Seattle area, creating cars which have won awards and been featured in automotive magazines nationwide. Art is survived by wife, Teresa White and her family, his mother, Oddlaug Rasmussen, Greg and Kathryn Rasmussen, Ingrid Rasmussen, Linda Rasmussen, and Birgit and Ray Daniels. Art Rasmussen was an intelligent, artistic, inventive, humorous, playful and talkative man who enjoyed anything that had to do with cars, cars, cars! A reception will be held Saturday, March 18, 2000 at the Leif Erickson Hall in Ballard, 2245 N.W. 57th St. near Market St. and 24th N.W. (360) 770-9698 for directions. We'll be celebrating his life with food, music and conversation. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

I wiil try to find out if there is a specific charity that the family would like to suuport. If so, I will post that info here.

May God Bless Art and his family!

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MikeD
Dad's '73 RS/Z28
Son's '74 Type LT
Father & Son Projects
Father works on 'em / Son drives 'em
(Hey, hey...son's working on them tooo!) :)

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PONYEATER
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posted March 16, 2000 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PONYEATER     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit PONYEATER's Homepage!   
I will be attending the services. I will pass on the loss felt here by his absence.

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Arron Spitzer A.K.A "PONYEATER"
www.teamnwf-body.org

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MikeD
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posted March 16, 2000 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MikeD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
Thank you Arron. I have sent a message to Teresa to express our sympathy and try and find out if Art had a favorite charity. Your presence will be very special...you are representing over 900 people from all around the world and we all thank you!

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MikeD
Dad's '73 RS/Z28
Son's '74 Type LT
Father & Son Projects
Father works on 'em / Son drives 'em
(Hey, hey...son's working on them tooo!) :)

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MadMike
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posted March 16, 2000 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadMike   Click Here to Email MadMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit MadMike's Homepage!   View MadMike's car!
I agree completely. And am thankful for both Arrons and MikeD's efforts.

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chilon
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posted March 16, 2000 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chilon   Click Here to Email chilon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
Thank you, Arron and MikeD, for your efforts and thoughtfulness.

Rudy

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wettle918
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posted March 16, 2000 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wettle918   Click Here to Email wettle918     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
I can only echo my thanks, and say that Art will be missed greatly.

Brent Wettle

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MikeD
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posted March 16, 2000 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MikeD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
From Art's wife:

Mike - I can't tell you how much I have appreciated all of the wonderful and
sincere thoughts coming from everyone regarding Art. Having known him for
20 years - this is a huge loss and hearing from others has really meant alot
to me.
Poor Art was a very patient husband and was working with me on a project to
benefit the Veteran's Home near Bremerton, Washington. Poor guy - I dragged
him along on a tour when I was trying to place my 85 year old uncle in the
home. The home is a state-operated, non-profit facility for veterans,
spouses and widows/ers who are unable to provide basic needs for
themselves - it's a part of the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs. It's a
beautiful location, but we had felt that we could contribute to these
people's lives by arranging for some landscaping donations from local
nurseries. A very generous nursery donated approximately 180 trees - which
we split up between this home, the home's cemetery, and a Veteran's
Hospital near Tacoma, Washington. Art's beautiful car trailer that he built
was quickly turned into a trailer to haul flowering cherries, dogwoods,
weeping willows, and maple trees - and he patiently put up with me on this
project.
Art was very proud of the work that we had done -- unfortunately he wasn't
able to get back up to the home to see that the trees are now planted. I'm
still trying to coordinate with local nurseries to get some additional
landscaping - I'd like to get evergreen bushes and shrubs, rhodies, azaleas,
etc., to be placed around the resident's quarters. I would be honored if
people would like to help us with this - although this project didn't save
lives or anything - we felt like we were adding a little lasting beauty for
some folks who might have it rougher than us.

If anyone would like to help with this - donations can be sent to:
Washington Veteran's Home Benefit Fund
Washington Veteran's Home - Retsil
P.O. Box 698
Retsil, WA 98378

Attn: Catherine Clark / Donations
Please note - Art Rasmussen Landscaping Donation

Ms. Clark's phone number is 1(360) 895-4376 if you have any questions.

Sincerely - thank you to everyone.
Teresa White

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79ZED
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posted March 16, 2000 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 79ZED   Click Here to Email 79ZED     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
Arron,
Thanks for doing this on behalf of the list. I had hoped to be able to drive down from Vancouver BC and pay Art, yourself, and the other guys from the NW Camaro Club this Summer, but I'm sorry that I will be unable to attend the Service.
I didn't realize that Art was 49. Just turned the big five-0 myself in Septmeber.
Kinda makes you appreciate what we have.

Again, thanks for attending.

John
79Z28

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patgizz
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posted March 16, 2000 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for patgizz   Click Here to Email patgizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit patgizz's Homepage!   View patgizz's car!
if you have anything to spare, it would be very generous to donate to the fund above, Art would have wanted it that way.

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shawn81z
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posted March 16, 2000 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for shawn81z   Click Here to Email shawn81z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
I am really at loss for words right now, but i can say one or 2 things. God bless art, and his family... We really apreciate what he did around here. I learned so much from him.

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WilliamA
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posted March 16, 2000 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WilliamA   Click Here to Email WilliamA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit WilliamA's Homepage!   
MikeD, I wanted to say what a great job you had done with your memorial to Art last night but I couldnt seem to find the words to express how well I thought you had spoken regarding him. I didnt know Art that well but, like everyone else here, he had offered answers generously to me and I really appreciated them as I do all of you. Again, Mike you really did a wonderful job, and my sincerest sympathy to Arts family.

Will

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444ltd
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posted March 16, 2000 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 444ltd   Click Here to Email 444ltd     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
Art will be truly missed on this site and my sincere sympathy goes out to his family and his many friends. My prayers go with Art where ever in Hot Rod Heaven he is. I will be honored to send a donation to his favorite charity. We will miss you Art.
Thank you, Mike and Arron for representing the 2nd Gerenation Camaro Owners Group. You have honored Arts Memory.

Bob Fondersmith

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Racing
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posted March 17, 2000 05:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Racing   Click Here to Email Racing     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit Racing's Homepage!   View Racing's car!
For the lack of better words..thanx guys.

Jesper

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Ol´slo´

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Adams
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posted March 17, 2000 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Adams   Click Here to Email Adams     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      View Adams's car!
I remember when Art first posted on this BB. Some of the guys were pretty tough on the welcome wagon to give him a hard time about pricing and technology. His responses were never marked with frustration or dismay. He responded with intelligent well fonded answers. He was always classy, helpful and kind. A first class guy. Sort of wish I told him that before.

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sr71bb
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posted March 17, 2000 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sr71bb   Click Here to Email sr71bb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
I remember ART from a conversation I had with him about 6 months ago. I had called him to talk to him about his sub-frame kit for first gen. camaros. I was struck by how helpful and willing he was to explain in layman terms to me the complexities of suspension geometries and the like.

I know we talked for at least an hour and I was struck by how passionate he was about his work and how you could sense that he truly loved and was enthusiastic about his work.

If only we all could be so lucky as ART!!!

I can just imagine that ART's putting a new sub-frame and suspension on whatever GOD is driving around in!!!

We will certainly miss him here on Earth!!!

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