GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn resident Jim Rasins is being remembered as someone who lived up to Glen Ellyn's nickname as the "Village of Volunteers."
"He certainly epitomized that," Glen Ellyn Park District Executive Director Dave Harris said.
Harris got to know Rasins as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Central DuPage County, of which Rasins was a founding member.
Rasins, 66, died Sept. 30. A service honoring him will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Grace Lutheran Church, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Joey Ambrose Fund In Faith Community Foundation, 625 Fourth Ave. S., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55415 or to the Grace Lutheran Church Memorial, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
Besides being a member of the Kiwanis Club of Central DuPage County, Rasins also was a longtime member of the Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Committee, which is in charge of organizing the village's Fourth of July activities. He also was a member of the Glen Ellyn Jaycees and an active member at Grace Lutheran Church, and he cooked for the homeless as part of the Public Action to Deliver Shelter program.
For his efforts, the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year in 2015.
Harris said he first met Rasins through the Fourth of July Committee. The Park District took over running the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta from the committee.
"That's always a big undertaking, for the Fourth of July Committee to organize the fireworks and the parade and to organize fundraising efforts behind that," Harris said. "I think a lot of people in this community don't even realize it's all done largely through volunteers and donations."
Rasins was not the type of person to seek the spotlight, Harris said.
"He was kind of unassuming," he said. "He didn't realize how much he contributed and volunteered for this community. He certainly wasn't seeking recognition... He was just a gentleman who was very willing to give his time for the betterment of the community."
Glen Ellyn Police Chief Phil Norton was on the Fourth of July Committee with Rasins.
"Through some very lean years, Jim Rasins was the only thing that held that all together," Norton said. "He kind of wrapped his arms around it and marshalled the forces necessary to get that thing going every year for nothing more than the satisfaction of knowing the 20,000 or so people enjoyed the festivities. He was really something else."