In memory of cape. Seth Rasmusson | Regional News

BUFFALO – With just one year and one change to complete his five-year enlistment with the United States Marine Corps, Cpl. Seth Rasmuson had started making plans for his post-military life.

He was married to his high school sweetheart, and together the couple had a toddler son. Now the trio were planning civilian life.

“I don’t know if he had quite made up his mind, but he was thinking about something in aviation,” said his father, Curtis Rasmuson. “You know, he liked to fly.”

Cpl. Rasmuson, Buffalo High School Class of 2019, was among five Marines killed when an Osprey plane crashed in southern California on June 8. He was 21 years old.

Two pilots were also killed, Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire, and Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, Calif., and two other tiltrotor crew chiefs, the cap. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Ill., and Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico.

According to a Marine Corps statement, the Marines were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton. Their MV-22B Osprey crashed during a training exercise in Southern California. The accident is still under investigation.

“We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic misadventure,” Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they deal with this tragedy.”

Cpl. Rasmuson spent most of his childhood in Buffalo, Curtis Rasmuson said. He enjoyed big game hunting, fishing, off-road biking around town with his friend, and playing baseball and hockey.

“A lot of what we did as a family was outdoors,” Curtis Rasmuson said. “We hunted a lot, and honestly one of his favorite things was elk hunting and deer hunting. He liked to go fishing, even though every time we went fishing, he was the one who got discouraged the most because he didn’t catch any fish. We went camping and our family did some spring break in Florida and loved the ocean.

His childhood friend and baseball teammate Christian Rhoads remembered Rasmuson as “the kind of person who could always put a smile on your face no matter the circumstances”. The two enjoyed hunting and fishing together, even when they were skunking.

Rasmuson knew from a young age that he wanted to join the US Marine Corps, Curtis Rasmuson said.

“He knew pretty early on, I mean, probably seventh or eighth grade somewhere in there, that he was going to come in and really started talking about the Marines,” Curtis Rasmuson said. “And you know, at that point we thought, ‘We’ll see.’ At that age, they change their minds. But he hasn’t changed his mind.”

At the end of his first semester of high school, Cpl. Rasmuson had accumulated enough credits to complete his high school diploma early.

He graduated from high school in December 2018, turned 18 in February 2019, and was sent to bootcamp in March 2019.

A team leader, Cpl. Rasmuson served an overseas deployment. During his service, he was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

In the spring of 2020, Cape. Ramuson married his high school girlfriend, Avery Burtenshaw, in a small ceremony in Buffalo. Their son, Reed, was born in October 2021.

Cpl. Rasmuson, Avery and Reed were back in Buffalo in May for Rasmuson’s brother’s high school graduation.

“He went fishing one day with his brother, we played with the babies, most of the time we just hung out,” Curtis Rasmuson said. “Time has passed too quickly, I know that. I think he thought being a father was the best thing ever.

The family will hold a funeral in Buffalo on a date to be announced. According to his wishes, cap. Rasmuson will be buried in Little Dane Cemetery in Saint Onge, South Dakota.

A GoFundMe account has been created for the benefit of Cpl. Rasmuson’s wife and son. Donations can be made online through GoFundMe.

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