Arnold O. Severson, 83

Arnold O. Severson, age 83, of Hutchinson, MN, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Hutchinson Health.

Arnold Olaf Severson was born Dec. 16, 1936, in Galesville, WI, the son of Olaf and Helga (Thompson) Severson. Arnold was baptized as an infant at French Creek Lutheran Church in Ettrick, WI, and confirmed April 29, 1951, at Norwegian Lutheran Church in Bergen Township, MN.

Arnold received his education in Lester Prairie, and graduated with the Lester Prairie High School class of 1955. He furthered his education at Austin Vocational Technical College for one and a half years as a journeyman.

Arnold entered active military service in the United States Navy, Nov. 17, 1955, in Washington, DC and served his country during the Cold War. He received an honorable discharge Oct. 12, 1957, in Washington, DC, and achieved the rank of PN3.

Arnold was united in marriage to Myrtice Esther Harms Sept. 30, 1961, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. This marriage was blessed with three children: Sondra, Lynda, and Mark. Arnold and Myrtice resided in Glencoe, Willmar, Moorhead, and made their home in Hutchinson, in 1966. They shared 59 years of marriage.

Arnold was employed at 3M in Hutchinson as an air conditioning refrigeration specialist for 31 years, until his retirement Jan. 1, 1997.

During his career with 3M, he started Arnie’s Refrigeration; where he sold and installed more than 50 air conditioning units in homes around the greater Hutchinson area. He fixed and maintained many refrigeration appliances, which provided additional income to help him build the farm of his dreams.

Arnold was an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, photography, landscaping, and doing home improvement projects. Arnold was also very involved in the church choir, 3M Cares, Meals on Wheels, St. Cloud Singing Saints, and the Republican Party.

Arnold is survived by his wife, Myrtice Severson of Hutchinson; children, Sondra Wash and husband, Samuel, of Richardson, TX; Lynda Belgum and husband, Stephen, of Irvine, CA; Mark Severson and wife, Alisha, of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Allison Wash, Joseph Wash, Mark Belgum, Zachary Belgum, McKinley Severson, Everest Severson, Hagen Severson; siblings, Harold Severson and wife, Lois, of Lester Prairie; Ardyce Johnson of Fort Morgan, CO; Donald Severson of Valparaiso, IN; Donna Machemehl and husband, Ralph, of Lester Prairie; sister-in-law, LuAnn Harms of Glencoe; brothers-in-law, Harlan Harms and wife, Barbara, of Prior Lake; Hillard Harms of Neenah, WI; many other relatives, and friends.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Helga Severson; brothers-in-law, Roy Johnson and Frederick Harms; sister-in-law, Sandra Severson; nephews, Craig Johnson and Jay Severson.

A funeral service took place Monday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Pastor Mark Richardson and Pastor Brian Nehring officiated. Bonnie Westmiller played the organ and Pastor Nehring was the soloist.

The casket bearers were Wayne Severson, Gregg Machemehl, Doug Johnson, Scott Severson, Jon Radtke, Marty Harms, Michael Harms, and Kevin Harms.

Military honors were delivered by Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad. Eulogy was given by Lynda and Steve Belgum. Readers were Allison Wash, Joseph Wash, and Everest Severson.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.

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