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Harold Severson

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 7:34 a.m. CDT

GARDNER — Mr. Harold Severson, 97, of Gardner, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Heritage Health in Dwight, Ill.

Born Jan. 11, 1915, in Garfield Township, Harold was a son of the late Severt and Sarah (Ostrem) Severson. On Sept. 7, 1940, Harold married Mary Ethel Spradlin in Prairie Lutheran Church, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 2009.

Harold was born, lived and farmed in Garfield Township for 94 years, and moved from the country into Gardner in 1977. He was a member of United Lutheran Church in Gardner, where he taught Sunday school for several years and also served as trustee.

Harold enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, and will be remembered as a "fun grandpa," who enjoyed playing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include three children, Elsie (Paul) Jerbi of Heathrow, Fla., Everett (Dorothy) Severson of Gardner and Eyvonne (Roger) Dock of Shorewood; eight grandchildren, Scott (Ninez) Jerbi of Switzerland, Julie (Jeff) Kaplan of Chuluota, Fla., Brian (Karen) Severson of rural Dwight, Evan (Lynne) Severson of Clinton, Ill., Nathan (Sheila) Severson of Emington, Ill., Heather (Josh) Betsworth of rural Gardner, Dwain (Lynn) Ashton of Leesburg, Fla., and Dawn (Chris) McBride of Waukesha, Wis., and 18 great-grandchildren.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Mary Severson; and two sisters and brothers-in-law: Alma and Torris Sandeno and Thena and Ed Thom.

A private family visitation and funeral will be held in United Lutheran Church in Gardner. Rev. Rodney A. Juell will officiate.

Burial will be at Round Grove Cemetery, where Harold will be laid to rest with his late wife.

Harold's grandchildren will act as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Harold’s memory to United Lutheran Church, 309 East Jefferson St., Gardner, Ill., 60424.

Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd., 203 Liberty Street in Gardner. For more information, call (815) 237-2526.

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