Condolences for Karon L. Rasmussen

Heather Keith posted on 9/4/20

Karon was a good friend in college to my Mom, Diann Pemberton Keith, at SIU. My Mom moved up to Rantoul to teach after graduating, continuing her friendship with Karon. Karon was the maid-of-honor at my Mom and Dad's wedding, on August 10, 1968 (see picture posted on the Life Event timeline). Mom often told me stories of Karon's energy, courage, and love for life, which she admired. Karon came to Benton to visit when I was young, and we played pool volleyball together. Our family just lost Diann about five weeks ago, and going through photos we had been thinking about her friendship with Karon. We're so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Robert Keith, Heather Keith, and Daniel Keith



Sheila Garrett posted on 9/4/20

She was the most caring and loving teacher loved her students devoted.god bless the family.


Jill Kaltenthaler posted on 8/30/20

I was part of the volleyball teams from 1975-1977 and fortunate to play at the IHSAA state finals in Bloomington Normal in 1977. I appreciate Ras and her willingness to learn how to coach. We had never really played volleyball until 10th grade and she had coaching experience but the game was changing. Ras knew she had some talent and eagerly soaked up coaching and training tips. She went to sports camps and encouraged us to attend. She called on local men and women with more knowledge to help her become a better coach. Jill Foley (class of '78)


Sally O’Reilly Kieny posted on 8/29/20

So very sorry to hear about the passing of Coach Ras. She was a wonderful teacher and coach and had a great impact on the lives of so many. Ras coached me and my three sisters during our years at CHS and we have many great memories of these years playing volleyball under her leadership and learned so many life lessons on the court and off the court to carry with us in our lives. She had a fiery spirit that motivated us to “dig deep” and always give our best and a softer side to support us when that was needed. She did a lot for girls in sports at a time when girls didn’t always have these opportunities. Thank you for all that you did for us, Ras! My thoughts and prayers are with her family.


Carolyn Angel Beck posted on 8/28/20

My sincere condolences to the family of Ms Rasmussen. She was my gym teacher at Central High School in the 1970s. I remember her smile and kindness. May God comfort you and your family


Dennis & Johnette Sparks posted on 8/28/20

We are so sorry for your loss. We worked with Karon at Central High School. She was always warm and friendly and had a great sense of humor. Karon cared for and respected ALL of her students. May you find peace in your special memories of this very nice lady.


Beth Collins posted on 8/28/20

I was a coworker with Karon at Central. We shared our love for cats. She gave me a set of cat cups one year. I loved them and had them on display in my home. Years later I was getting rid of all of my cat collectibles and mostly everything I owned so I could live in an rv with my husband and tour the country. Karon just happened to stop at our garage sale and I was able to give that set of cups back to her. She loved it and so did i.


Robert A. Miller posted on 8/28/20

So sorry to hear of Karon's passing. We spent many enjoyable years together as teachers at Central High School.