Roger A. Severson, 71, of Eau Claire, WI, passed away on October 5th, 2020 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. Roger will be buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the Spring of 2021 with family and friends.
Roger was born in St Cloud, MN to Merle and Isabelle (Lind) Severson on January 4th, 1949. In 1967 he graduated from Alexandria Area High School in Alexandria, MN. After high school Roger joined the United States Navy in 1968 and served through 1972, working as a T-28 and F-4 airplane mechanic on the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier. Roger had a lot of great memories during his time in the Navy and had lots of stores to share. After his time in the service he attended Alexandria Technical College and graduated in 1974 with a degree in sales and marketing. Roger started working at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis and worked within the VA system in Shreveport, LA, Des Moines, IA, and Tomah, WI, where he retired in 1996 as Chief of Building Management. After retiring from the VA, he worked for Mid State Consultants as a Right of Way agent from 1999 until 2017.
Roger’s true passion was sports, more specifically, Minnesota sports. He would be the first to tell you that living in Wisconsin for 35 years as a die-hard Minnesota fan can be very challenging. He had a 6-foot satellite dish installed in the back yard to make sure he never missed a sporting event, whether it was the Twins, Vikings or anything at the collegiate level. If there was a Minnesota sport to watch, he was there. Roger was a great storyteller and loved to share his many experiences over the years, whether it was when he worked on the aircraft carrier and seeing the world, his time as a stock car driver, television crew cameraman, shoe salesman, and even a vending machine toy supplier. He loved remodeling projects, and even found time to make decorative stained-glass windows. Over the years Roger actively volunteered in his church, proudly served the Lions Club, and happily volunteered to paint the static display aircraft outside the Tomah VA hospital. He had many different talents and was always available to help when needed.
Roger will be most remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to make everyone around him feel special. He was an incredibly caring person and was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. The last few years of his life was spent at Grace Willowbrook assisted living facility in Eau Claire, WI. Our family is grateful for how welcoming everyone was and the great care he received while there.
Roger is preceded in death by his father Merle, mother Isabelle, and brothers Wayne, Richard, Bruce, Dale, and Ron.
Survivors include his son Ryan (Mollie) Severson of De Pere, WI, daughter Jennifer Severson of Wausau, WI, brothers Gary (Shirley) Severson of Alexandria, MN, Dennis (Jackie) Severson of Gig Harbor, WA, Greg (Jean) Severson of Hibbing, MN, Keith (Diane) Severson of Bloomington, MN, and Janice (Eric) Roller. Roger was an incredibly proud “Bumpa” to his four grandchildren, Abigail, Tyler, Noah, and Kayla.
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