Clayton Severtson, 1922-2014

Published 10:35 am Thursday, April 24, 2014

Funeral services for Clayton “Clayt” F. Severtson of Glenville will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. The Rev. James Rushton will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Albert Lea veterans organizations. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before the service at the church.

Clayton Severtson

Clayton Severtson

Clayton died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. He was born June 2, 1922, in Albert Lea, the son of Alfred and Katherine (Billat) Severtson.

He proudly served the country in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.

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Clayt married Marvel Runden on Jan. 13, 1945, in Albert Lea.

Clayt, a strict union man, worked at Wilson & Co. for more than 39 1/2 years before retiring. After retiring, Clayt and Marvel lived in the Park Rapids area. Marvel died in 1990, and Clayt returned to live in Glenville in 1997. He still enjoyed going up to Emmaville, near Park Rapids, for the summer months.

Clayt was involved in bowling leagues and the American Legion in Albert Lea and Glenville.

He had many happy memories of the fishing trips to Rainy River.

Clayt had the gift of gab and loved gatherings, especially birthdays. He thought birthdays were worth celebrating and made sure everyone he knew got acknowledged  either with a card or by sending their name into the radio.

Clayt is survived by his children Cheryl (Richard) Jensen of Glenville, Steven (Julie) Severtson of Glenville and Randy Severtson of Northwood; grandchildren Jennifer Jensen of Glenville, Melanie (Mark) Waters of Albert Lea, Jamie Jensen of Glenville and Jodie (Bryan) Koller of Wells; great-grandchildren Kendall Gullickson, Caleb Waters, Cole Wenzel, Kent Thostenson and Jackie Wenzel; great-great-grandson, Aiden; brothers Richard Severtson of Glenville, Carol Severtson of Glenville and Kenneth Severtson of Albert Lea; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Harold and Dawn Runden of Albert Lea and Clifford Bye of Mankato; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marvel J. Runden;  his grandson, Randy Severtson; his step-grandaughter, Jan Jensen; brothers Val Robert (Leona) Severtson, Roger (Muriel) Severtson and Faye (Gina) Severtson; father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Hannah Runden; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Louise and Orrin Bye, Charlotte Bye, Pat Severtson and Sarah Severtson; and nephews Dan Severtson, Danny Nielson, David Severtson and Bradley Frank.