Richard Severtson, 1920-2014

Published 11:23 am Thursday, May 8, 2014

Funeral Services for Richard J. “Dick” Severtson of Glenville will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. George Marin will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Albert Lea veterans organizations.

Richard Severtson

Richard Severtson

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before the services at the funeral home.

Dick died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was 93.

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He was born June 8, 1920, in Regent, N.D., the son of Alfred and Katherine (Billat) Severtson.

Dick proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from Jan. 1942, until his honorable discharge in Oct. 1945. He had been awarded a Bronze Service Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal, European Service Medal, six overseas service bars and a Purple Heart for his dedicated service. He was a lifetime member of the Glenville American Legion.

He married Muriel Hagerud on Aug. 7, 1952, and they were later divorced.

Dick spent his life as an auto mechanic. He was very proficient at his trade and worked for Ruud Motors, operated his own garage in Glenville for a time and then finished his career at Phillips 66 before retiring. After retiring, he enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden.

Dick is survived by his daughter, Roxie (Marcelino) Talamantes, of Alden and her children Marcelino (Gabrielle) Talamantes III of Alden and their daughter, Stormy, and Brenda Severtson (special friend, Clem Whitedog) and her sons Siggy and Dominic of Longmont, Colo.; his step-daughters Jean (Dave) Frank of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Kathryn Hall of Coon Rapids; step-grandchildren Lisa Frank and Lance Frank; step-great-grandchildren Chaice Frank, Liberty Frank, Patrick Frank, Jackson Frank and Bailey Frank; brothers Carol Severtson of Glenville and Kenneth Severtson of Albert Lea; and nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Bradley Frank; former wife, Muriel Hawkins; brothers Clayton (Marvel) Severtson, Val Robert (Leona) Severtson, Roger Severtson and Faye (Gina) Severtson; sisters-in-law Pat and Sarah Severtson; nephews Dan Severtson and David Severtson; great-nephew, Danny Nielsen, and great-niece, Michelle Ulve.