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Harold Severson

Harold Edwin Severson

July 12, 1926 - July 30, 2020
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Obituary

Harold E. Severson, 94, entered eternal peace on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in New Underwood, SD.
Harold Edwin Severson was born on July 12, 1926, as a triplet with his brothers, Gerald and Harry, to the late Swen and Ida (Keyes) Severson, Sr. They were born in the “stone house” that their father built in Clark, SD. Gerald died shortly after birth. Harold attended Lorenz School in Lincoln Township for six years, and the Eubank Country School in Garfield Township for two years. In 1950, he served our country in the U.S. Air Force. After getting out, he and his brothers, Bud and Harry, went into a partnership and owned a ranch in Clark County until 1952, when they separated to own their own ranches.
On March 15, 1952, he married the love of his life, Nylia Smith, in Madison, MN. They moved to Arizona for two years, until they moved back to Clark, SD, where they ranched until they purchased their own ranch in Opal, SD. In 1959, they bought and moved to a ranch in Creighton, SD, where they made their home and raised four children – Steven, Brenda, Clayton, and Barry. They stayed there until 1985, when, due to health issues, Harold retired to Rapid City, SD. However, he missed hunting, fishing, and working with his Black Angus cattle so much, that he purchased a “hobby ranch” in Crawford, NE, which kept him busy and preoccupied during his retirement years. He also enjoyed playing poker on the video machines in the casinos!
Harold was a member of the American Legion Post 0022 since 1996. He was a very kind and gentle soul, had a loving and generous heart, and was always giving to others. Even to his last days, his memory and laughter generated a contagious spirit. He was known at the nursing home as a fun-loving guy, who was popular for ribbing the nurses and having constant visitors. He was proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and looked with hope for their futures. While he did not graduate from high school, he graduated from the school of life with honors.
Harold leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his wife of 68 years, Nylia (Smith) Severson; sister-in-law, Violetta Severson of Watertown, SD; children, Steven (Cindy), Brenda (Wayne) Kummer, Clayton (Tammy) of Rapid City, and Barry (Adelaida) of Gilbert, AZ; adoring grandchildren, Andrea (Josh) Christianson of Craig, CO, Nicklaus (Samantha) Kummer of Rapid City, SD, Jackie (Eric) Westberg of Mankato, MN, Paige and Jenna Severson of Rapid City, SD; and Lars, Brock, and Swen Severson of Gilbert, AZ; ever-loving great-grandchildren, Cameron Coleman (stationed in Norfolk, VA), Ailah and Colton Wesberg, and Freya Kummer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Swen and Ida (Keyes) Severson, Sr.; and siblings, Bud, Bertha (Fred) Farnum, Helen (Lester) Johnson, Harry (Clarice), and baby Gerald.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020, also at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Private family committal service with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. **Due to the COVID-19 situation, seating at the services will be limited.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Good Samaritan Society in New Underwood.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    August 5, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    August 5, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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    Notes
    *** Due to the COVID-19 situation, seating at the services will be limited. ***
  • Funeral Service

    August 6, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    August 6, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Pastor Harold Delbridge
  • Interment

    August 6, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    August 6, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Black Hills National Cemetery
    Address
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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Terrance H Smith

Posted at 07:20pm
Nila you and your family are in our thoughts may God Bless you! Mom and Dad always thought the most of you and Harold. Bud and Betty Smith Family
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Bud and Nancy Smith and Family

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Nila we wish you peace and comfort in Harold's passing. Mom and Dad always thought the world of him and you. God Bless You Bud and Betty Smith Family
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Stanley&Glenda Matt

Posted at 05:43pm
Our sympathy to Nylia and all of Harold's family. I sure enjoyed lunch time at New Underwood with Harold and our mom, Elsie. Harold and Nylia always so nice, we could visit about farm and ranch life and of course the Smith family. Thinking of you.
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Judy Smith

Posted at 01:49pm
Nyla and Family......Alice's family sends their love and condolences. Many great memories of shared times over the years.
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Marlys Green

Posted at 03:50pm
Nyla, I’m sure thinking of you at this time. Thank you for your friendship and memories. I enjoyed all our times together.
Marlys Green
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