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Donald L Severson

May 5, 1932 — February 15, 2019

Donald L Severson

Donald L. Severson, 86 of Joice died Friday, February 15, 2019 at the IOOF Home in Mason City surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 201 Franke St., Joice, Iowa 50446 with Pastor Bill Peters officiating.

Burial will be held in Brush Point Cemetery, rural Fertile, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Cataldo Schott Funeral Chapel, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church in Joice or Hospice of North Iowa.

Donald Severson was born May 5, 1932 to Louis and Laura (Midtgaard) Severson on a farm north of Fertile. He was baptized and confirmed at Fertile Lutheran Church. He graduated from Fertile High School in 1950 and then continued to work on the family farm.

He was united in marriage to Marilyn Hepperly at Fertile Lutheran Church on September 27th, 1953. A celebration of 65 years was held in September 2018, with family.
Don loved the farm and liked to travel. He also served on various boards through the years including the Forest City School Board for 19 years. In addition, he was president of the school board for 12 years from 1982-1994. In 1999 he was elected to the Forest City School Hall of Fame. Later in his career he worked at Coop Services out of Lake Mills and eventually Basic Material in Fertile. He served on church council and enjoyed yard and wood work.

Don is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Joice; children, Linda Rae Severson of Lake Mills, Larry (Linda) Severson of Forest City, Julie (John) Rasmussen of Joice; grandchildren, Tiffany (Seth) Young of Denison, Marcus (Nikki) Severson of Urbandale, Brittany Rasmussen of Fertile, Jenna (Mitch) Tuttle of Joice, and Tyler (Ericka) Rasmussen of Joice; six great-grandchildren, Taelen and Brexten Young, Cooper Thompson, Carter and Kasyn Severson, and Everly Rasmussen; niece, Ginny (Mark) Lovick of Joice; nephews, Scott Hepperly of Killeen, TX, Todd Hepperly of Mason City and Jon Hepperly of Clear Lake, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Laura Severson; a sister, Elaine (Howard) Patten; mother and father-in-law, Louis and Eleanor Hepperly and a brother-in-law, Jerry Hepperly.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Cataldo Funeral Home - Main Office

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Bethany Lutheran Church

201 Franke St., Joice, IA 50446

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