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December 30, 1943 ~ November 12, 2013
Ulf Rasmussen passed away peacefully early in the morning of November 12 at Salmon Creek Legacy Hospital. Many friends were able to visit him before his passing, and his special helper and dedicated friend Mandy Olsen was with him when he left this world.
Ulf was born December 30, 1943, to Erling and Gunvor Rasmussen in his mother's hometown of Tromso in northern Norway. Since his father was an army officer, the family moved frequently. As a youngster he played the trumpet in a marching band. Ulf grew up with walks in the woods and in the mountains; fishing, picking berries, and collecting mushrooms. He became an eager lifelong fisherman, both in fresh and salt water.
He went to high school at The Cathedral School in Trondheim, the oldest school in Norway, established in the year of 1152. He served his country in His Majesty the King's Guard in Oslo.Ulf completed graduate studies in zoophysiology at The University of Oslo, specializing in fish biology.
Ulf met his wife Janet Elaine (Guthrie) Rasmussen in Oslo in 1971. They were married in her hometown of Paxton, Illinois in June 1972 and made their first home in Cambridge, MA. The marriage ended in divorce in 2004.
Upon moving to the US, Ulf became a research fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. A move to Washington State in 1977 provided a welcome opportunity to resume work with fish biology. Courses in fish culture at the University of Washington led to employment with the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife (1979-1996) and a rewarding career in fish hatchery management. He served the Lakewood hatchery as assistant manager and later manager and also spent significant time at the Skookumchuck and Skamania hatcheries.
From 1996-2001, Ulf dedicated himself to public relations and hospitality at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA; during that period, he served on the board of directors for the Western Virginia Land Trust and for Opera Roanoke. In 2001, he retired in Vancouver, WA.
A world-wide traveler, he was fascinated with tropical climates and thoroughly enjoyed his travels to coral reefs and rainforests. Ulf was a lover of Dobermans and was preceded in death by his dogs, Idun, Tora and Loke. His last dog, Jada, has returned to her earlier home.
Ulf remained a Norwegian citizen all his life.
He is survived by his brother, Erlend Rasmussen, sister, Torunn Angell, niece, Ida Olsen, and grand nephew, Leon, all of Oslo, Norway. He is missed by his many friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, November 30 at Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 3500 NW 129th St, Vancouver, WA. A reception will follow.
Please sign Ulf's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Nov. 24, 2013