Gordon H. Severson, age 95, passed away December 8, 2019 at his home in Luther. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 at Iles Funeral Home in Madrid. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madrid. Lunch will be served in the church basement following the service. Private burial of the cremains will be held at a later date.
Gordon was born on November 17, 1924 near Kanawha to Harvey and Alice (Hegland) Severson. He was the oldest of 4 brothers and 1 sister. He attended a country school and Kanawha High School, graduating in 1942.
He served in the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II from 1944-1946 on the U.S.S. Guadalcanal naval aircraft carrier. After discharge, he attended Upper Iowa University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He later attended Iowa State University.
He married Dolores Johnson in 1949. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Dolores and their six children: Dwight (Vicky) of Luther; Jaci of Madrid; Patrice (Tony) Washington of Mesa, Arizona; Craig of rural Luther; Caree of Boone, and Cheryl (Dan) Sansgaard of rural Ames. He adored his 14 grandchildren; Troy, Todd, Matt, Brett, Lyndsey, Keaton, Logan, Zebulon, Hannah, Hailey, Samantha, Chad, Mark, and Adam. Gordon also had 25 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson.
Gordon started his teaching and coaching careers in Popejoy. In 1954, he continued his career at Luther School which consolidated into United Community for 38 years. He coached girls’ softball and basketball, and boys’ baseball and basketball. Girls’ softball was at the top of his coaching career from 1954-1982. His record was 358-111. After retiring in 1986, he coached two grandsons in Madrid Little League and as the assistant Madrid high school baseball coach.
He was very proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending many of their activities. He loved sports, especially baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. In the summer he could be found working in his yard, mowing and keeping it immaculate. He enjoyed reading, writing, woodworking, and coin-collecting. In his later years, he loved sitting in the garage and waving at people driving by, several of whom stopped to visit with him.
Memorials may be given to the family or St. John’s Lutheran Church.
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