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Obituary for Larry Severson

Larry Severson, age 73, of Bloomington, formerly of Northfield, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Larry was born July 16, 1944, in Northfield, the son of Lyle and Eloise (Robinson) Severson. He was a standout athlete at Northfield High School, participating in football and wrestling. He won the 138-pound Minnesota State Wrestling Championship in 1962 and was inducted into the Northfield Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2006. Larry attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout for two years, where he continued his wrestling career, participating in the Division III National Championship. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1966 where […]

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Larry Severson, age 73, of Bloomington, formerly of Northfield, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Larry was born July 16, 1944, in Northfield, the son of Lyle and Eloise (Robinson) Severson. He was a standout athlete at Northfield High School, participating in football and wrestling. He won the 138-pound Minnesota State Wrestling Championship in 1962 and was inducted into the Northfield Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2006. Larry attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout for two years, where he continued his wrestling career, participating in the Division III National Championship. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1966 where he was selected as his Battalion’s top recruit out of 271 men graduating from Basic Training. He served three years, with 13 months in Vietnam. He received his honorable discharge in 1969. Larry returned to Minnesota where he studied at Mankato State University, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Larry followed his father’s passion for the building trade and founded Severson Homes, Inc. in 1991. Larry’s measurement of success in business was the relationships he built. His business partners in the industry described him as a man of integrity, kindness, and respect.

Larry had lots of interests. He loved motorsports and had quite a reputation for his need for speed. He raced motorcycles, and also raced go-karts with his sons. But his true love was being on the water fishing with family and friends. Larry’s favorite pastime every year was going to Trout Lake in Canada on fly-in fishing trips. He leaves years of memories fishing with those he loved.

Larry was a recipient of a heart transplant that gave him a renewed beginning. He had the tenacity and determination not only to find a way to stay strong until he received a donor’s heart but then later rose up again to fight cancer. His mental and physical strength saw him through those trying years; he never gave up. His positive attitude and determined spirit are an inspiration to all. He was a fierce competitor committed to winning for no other reason than to have the drive to be the best. He touched many lives along the way, and his friends and family will miss him dearly.

Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife Helene of Bloomington, four children Corey Beth (Dave) Schultze of Montgomery, Tyler (Jen) Severson of Dundas, Adam (Christina) Severson of Kenyon, and J.P. (Paige) Severson of Bloomington. He is also survived by seven grandchildren Zach (Emily), Abbi, Ayana, Caleb, Lydia, Maverick, Maclaryn; two great-grandchildren Aden and Breckyn; his two sisters Kay (Gil) Mracek of Grand Rapids, Pam Juvland of Hinckley, and sister-in-law Renee Severson of Becker. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Mike.

Funeral services will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Thursday, February 22, 2018, beginning at 11 AM with the Reverend Jonathan Davis officiating. Visitation will be held at Bierman Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 4 PM to 7 PM and one hour prior to the service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rochester Hope Lodge, 411 2nd St NW, Rochester, MN 55901 or to Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 2nd Street SW, Rochester, MN. 55902.  Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com

Rochester Hope Lodge —-  https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging/hope-lodge/rochester-mn.html

Gift of Life Transplant House — http://gift-of-life.org/donation/

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Funeral

11:00 AM - February 22, 2018


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. John’s Lutheran Church
500 3rd St W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

4:00 PM - February 21, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

4 Comments

  1. Lonnie and Barbara DeHart

    JP, We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. We really enjoyed getting to know him at your wedding. He was an amazing man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We miss you and love you!

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  2. Laurie Holdridge & Darrell Murray

    We were blessed to meet Larry and Helene (and some of their children) while vacationing in Mexico. Over several years, we got to know them and enjoyed meeting up with them each year. Larry will be missed a great deal. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family!

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  3. Dick and Pauline Robson (Cambridge, UK)

    What very sad news! Pauline and I are relatively recent and occaissional acquaintances of Larry and Helene, meeting on holiday in Cancun for the last few years. The anticipation and actual meeting became a highlight for us. We will miss Larry’s stories, generous and open personality and quiet but infectious sense of humour. From our conversations I know he will be very widely missed and we offer our sympathy and condolences to all who knew him, but particularly his familly and those of you who he so generously shared with us. A fine American gentleman!,

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  4. Ron Williams

    All members of the NHS Class of 1962 will miss Larry. Memories from elementary school, high school, and for 55 years after are precious. Larry was always a cherished presence in small and large groups because his humor and his obvious love for people made him a star in any group. Larry was a favorite with the guys and gals alike. We will all miss you, buddy.
    Personally, some of our best experiences began while Larry awaited his life-giving heart transplant. The NASCAR group brought all of us closer, especially lunches with Jerry. I have never known a tougher man, and I admired him for his strength to the last day. Enjoy eternity and I hope to see you there.

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