Steve’s mother Marilyn (Sis) Scherr Asmussen was from Mobridge — she graduated in 1959.
Steve is married to 1984 Mobridge High School graduate Julie Peterson (daughter of Jim and Frances Peterson of Mobridge). The Olympic wrestling Scherr twins from Mobridge — Jim and Bill — are Steve’s cousins.
My American News teammate Will Elkins is an avid horse racing fan who will be blogging about the derby this weekend. Watch for his picks and more on Asmussen in Saturday’s posts of Out of Leftfield at www.aberdeensports.net/outofleftfield.
South Dakota native Dr. Earl Rose, the medical examiner in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963, died this week at age 85 in Iowa City.
Rose told The Associated Press in 2003 that he and his staff should have done the autopsy. Instead, Kennedy’s body was taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where an autopsy was done by pathologists James Humes and Thornton Boswell. Their findings have been used to support an array of conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s death.
Rose believed many of those theories wouldn’t have gained traction if he had been able to do his job.
Rose did conduct Lee Harvey Oswald’s autopsy, as well as those for Jack Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner who killed Oswald two days after Kennedy was shot, and J.D Tippit, a police officer believed to have been killed by Oswald shortly after the assassination.
Some readers wondered what Rose’s connection was to South Dakota. Here is what I found:
- Born in Eagle Butte on Sept. 23, 1926.
- Yankton College graduate who attended the University of South Dakota Medical School and eared his medical degree at the University of Nebraska.
- Married Marilyn Preheim of Freeman July 28, 1951.
- Had a medical practice in Lemmon in the mid-1950s.
- One of his survivors is his brother, Robert Rose of Eagle Butte.
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News. Readers tell and email him with stuff plus he reads all the daily newspapers in South Dakota on a daily basis. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: aberdeensports.net/inthehuddle.