Harold Allen Severson, age 93, of Lester Prairie, passed away Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at The Gardens of Winsted in Winsted. A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Harold was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Ettrick, WI, to Olaf and Helga (Thompson) Severson. He was baptized Feb. 20, 1927, by Rev. C.B. Bestul, and confirmed Nov. 2, 1941, by Rev. Johan Olsen at French Creek Lutheran Church in rural Ettrick, WI.
Harold attended Smith Country School, first through eighth grades, walking or skiing (one mile each way) over the hills and through Abraham Coulee in Tempealeau County. He attended high school, freshman and part of sophomore years, in Galesville, WI.
In 1942, the Severson family moved to rural Lester Prairie, to farm the Severson family farm. Harold worked alongside his father, Olaf, clearing more land for farming and improving the farm. Olaf died in 1951. Harold continued to farm, and help raise his younger siblings.
Harold was united in marriage to Lois Sandquist Nov. 12, 1955. To this union four children were born, Patricia, Gail, Wayne, and Charles. Harold and Lois made their home in Lester Prairie. They shared more than 64 years of marriage.
Harold was a farmer all of his life. The farm was recognized as a Century Farm because it had been in the family since 1865. It was first settled by Ole Severson.
Harold was an active member of Bergen Lutheran Church, which became Bethel Lutheran Church. As his ministry to the church, he was involved with the committee in the building, planning, and moving to become Bethel Lutheran. Harold served on the church council and cemetery board for many years. He enjoyed eating lutefisk, and helped with the annual lutefisk dinner at Bethel for 40 years.
Harold enjoyed skiing as a youth in the Wisconsin hills. He was very interested in all outdoor activities, especially birds, animals, and airplanes.
Harold enjoyed road trips, especially when he could be the navigator and someone else would drive, so he could check out the countryside.
He loved to tell stories. Harold was the very best at the “Minnesota goodbye.” He treasured time spent with his family and friends.
Harold is survived by his wife, Lois Severson of Lester Prairie; children, Patricia Determan and husband, Tom, of Rochester, Gail Cassidy and husband, Scott, of Watertown, Wayne Severson and fiancée, Julie, of Lester Prairie, Charles Severson of Lester Prairie; grandchildren, Kaye Kohls and husband, Kyle, Kim Kyllo and husband, Todd, Beth Determan and fiancé, Cory, Michael Determan, Joey Determan, Jacob Determan, Leigha Determan, Isaac Determan, Alex Severson, Madison Severson; great-grandchildren, Leah Kohls, Jenna Kohls, Amanda Kohls, Brock Kohls, Arin Kyllo, Owen Kyllo; sisters, Ardyce Johnson of Fort Morgan, CO; Donna Machemehl and husband, Ralph, of Lester Prairie; brother, Donald Severson of Valparaiso, IN; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Myrtice “Myrt” Severson, Glen Sandquist, Mary Ann Kamann and husband, Roger, Eleanor Sandquist; nephews, nieces, other relatives, and many friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Helga Severson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sydney and Lillie Sandquist; brother, Arnold Severson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roy Johnson, Sandra Severson, Esther and Woodrow Titrud, Alvin Sandquist, Mabel and Marvin Tonn, Gladys and Donald Cornell, Elsie Sandquist; nephews, Craig Johnson, Jay Severson; and niece, Melanie Kamann.
Arrangements are by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com.