Richard Andrew (Dick) Severson, age 89, of Marlin, entered into rest Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at a Waco hospital.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27th at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Phillips and Dr. Holly Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday 6 – 8 p.m.
Dick was born March 27, 1920 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Sever Edward and Mary Louise Sorenson Severson. He graduated from high school in Northwood, Iowa and worked in a grocery store in Northwood until he joined the Army Air Corps on July 5, 1945. He attended two airplane mechanic schools and served at Randolph Field in San Antonio, Victoria Airbase, Victoria, TX and Bryan Airbase in Bryan, TX. It was in Bryan where he met the love of his life, Ann Louise Lormour. They were married in December 1945. While stationed in India during World War II, Dick flew the Hump over the Himalayan Mountains. He received numerous military honors including, the American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, European-African Middle Eastern Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, AAF Crew Member badge and the Distinguished Unit badge. He was discharged as a Master Sergeant on November 16, 1945. After a four-month honeymoon, Dick and Ann made their home in Marlin where Dick enjoyed a 36-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, the last eight of which were as Postmaster in Mart. He was very active in the community as he coached Pee Wee football, started a summer youth program and chaperoned at the Kanine Kave for the junior high for many years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle. He has been affectionately known as “Paw-Paw” since his first grandchild was born 38 years ago.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Ethel Mae Gilmore, Helen Walker and Howard Severson.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ann Severson of Marlin; Richard (Dick) Severson and wife Marcy of Paris, TX, Ricky and Roxanne Severson of Waco, Micky Severson and wife Kathy of Ft. Worth, Nicky Severson of Marlin; brother, Donald Severson and wife Betty of Roseburg, Oregon; sister, Dorothy Baker of Aurora, Colorado; 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be the grandsons and nephews of Dick and Ann.