July 1, 1949 ~ February 21, 2022
Born in: Las Vegas, Nevada
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana
Soren “Chris” Christian Rasmussen Jr. was born July 1, 1949 to Virginia and Soren Sr. of Las Vegas, Nevada. His father was a Danish immigrant who designed and built some of the first ranch style homes in postwar Las Vegas. As a child, he moved frequently and explored much of the Pacific Northwest before moving to his mother’s birthplace of Franklin, Indiana. There he graduated high school and went on to attend Purdue University.
While Chris worked as a carpenter, truck driver, and terminal manager; his passion was designing and completing home renovation projects for his friends and family. It is widely believed that many of the decks he built for his friends and family were strong enough to withstand a hurricane, and will likely still be standing long after the homes they adorn. Chris was an avid reader and read over a hundred books per year. He had an amazing memory, and loved telling colorful stories from decades past, including his time riding his motorcycle through the desert as a teen. Chris was a fixer and a problem solver. Whether you ran out of gas, drove your car over a median, or had a shower that wouldn’t turn off; he was always there to fix it. His help went beyond cars and home problems; he was also a great listener and was always there to offer support and a great big hug when you needed it most. Most of all, Chris was an amazing dad and grandfather. Every year, he looked forward to Christmas with his children and eight grandchildren. With his fluffy white hair, long white beard, and a belly that was proof of his love for homemade desserts; everyone he met commented on his resemblance to Santa Claus. While those that loved him will miss him dearly, we are comforted in the fact that he is resting way up north in Heaven.
Chris is survived by his brother Gary (Connie) Rasmussen, sister Dixie Callahan, and children Sonia (Tony) Franklin, Eric (Sophia) Rasmussen, Tara (Patrick) Lewis, and Laura (Jason) Zander, and his eight grandchildren, Keegan Franklin, Kaden Franklin, Mackenzie Rasmussen, Lincoln Lewis, Isaiah Lewis, Chase Lewis, Autumn Zander, and Zoe Zander.
Visitation for Chris will be held at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, 5215 North Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis, on Friday, March 4, from 5-6:30pm and will conclude with a brief memorial service at 6:30pm.
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.
The staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services
Geno & Bethann Hughes
God bless you and your family! Your dad was a neat guy, for sure. From my family to yours.
Thoughts and prayers to all of you!
I am sorry I can’t be with you to celebrate Uncle Chris, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers as I think of the fond memories I have of you all. I hope you find peace and comfort in your own memories and with each other!
Sonia and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your entire family.
Tara, I am so sorry for this loss. I am praying for you, Patrick, the boys, and the rest of your family!
So sorry to hear about this. Sending hugs and prayers to the family. ❤️🙏🏼
So glad I got to share one of those Christmas dinners with him.
Love and prayers to all of you.