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Texan found dead in rail car near Ottawa a devoted father

Joseph Rasmussen
Joseph Rasmussen

Details about the Texas man found dead April 20 in a sand hopper train car at U.S. Silica, on Ottawa’s western edge, were offered in his hometown newspaper, The Pampa News.

Pampa is located in the Texas panhandle. It has a population of 18,000 — about the same as Ottawa.

“Joey was a Texas native and lifelong resident in Pampa,” says the obituary on Joseph Edwin Rasmussen, age 35 years.

“He made a living as an accomplished metal worker and welder — a skill he picked up a passion for during his time at Pampa High School.

“He was also mechanically inclined and took pride in inventing creative ways to fix things,” the obituary says. “He will be remembered as a loving father, son, brother, and friend to those who were closest to him.

“He loved his children above all things in life.”

Survivors include a son and daughter, two brothers and a sister, all of Texas, and his mother, of Missouri.

The body’s identity was announced April 24 by the La Salle County Coroner’s Office. Since then, there have been no new announcements about the death by either the coroner’s office or the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, which began an investigation.

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