Tony Severson

November 7, 1946 - September 4, 2014


Visitation: Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Canton United Methodist Church.

     Anthony “Tony” Severson, age 67, died Thursday, September 4, 2014, Marshall Avera Medical Center.  Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

     Tony was born November 7, 1946 in Canton, SD, to Arnold and Helen (VanBockern) Severson.  He attended Bailey #6 Country School through the 7th grade in rural Canton.  Tony then attended Canton Public School and graduated in 1964.  He joined the US Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam.   Tony achieved the rank of E-5 before being honorably discharged in 1969. Tony was a lifetime member of the VFW.

     Tony was united in marriage to Denys Wallquist, and to this union one child, Lance Severson, was born. He lived on acreage near Larchwood, IA.  Tony was later united in marriage to Deb Johnson, and to this union two children were born, Jamie and Jace Severson.  Tony and his family moved to Marshall MN where he worked at Schwan’s for 25 years as a Senior Production Analyst.

     His interests included muscle cars, hunting and working outdoors. He spent the years of his life with his family doing the things that he loved:  having bonfires and BBQs, playing poker and listening to music.  Tony was his children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan and he was their hero.

    Happy to have shared his life: sons, Lance Severson (Sarah),  Jace Severson (Nikki), and favorite daughter Jamie Severson (Lance); mother, Helen Severson; sister, Carol Nelson and Darryl; grandchildren, Anthony Severson, Trevor VanKeulen, Brett VanKeulen, Levi VanKeulen; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Fred VanBockern, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Severson, father Arne Severson, and brother, Verlyn Severson.

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  1. My deepest and most sincere sympathy to the Severson family. I was also a student at Bailey #6 and Tony and I were classmates for 12 years and good friends.
    God’s Blessings to all of you at this sad time. Love, Janis (Rikansrud) Campbell Emmetsburg, IA

  2. Jamie and family,

    Finding the words to say in this difficult time is nearly impossible…

    Although Tony had cancer, my memories of him are all when he was well, and they are all fabulous memories. From bonfires at his house, poker games, or even just having a beer at the Legion, he was always funny and caring. There is one thing I know for sure about the time that I got to know Tony, he loved you kids with his whole heart. I admire the strength it took for all of you to care for him in his time of need. I pray you all find comfort in knowing that now, he is no longer in pain.

    I feel like Tony’s time with us was cut short, but that he led a full life. Rarely have I heard of a man held in such high regard as a father and as a person.

    May you all find comfort in the days to come and please know that even from afar, I will be praying and thinking of you.

    Love to you all,

    Misty Robirds-Ham and family