|Donald K ("Sleeve") Severson
Born: June 11, 1926 Died: May 19, 2019
Donald K. ("Sleeve") Severson, 92, of Morris, died May 19, 2019 at Park Pointe Health Care and Rehab, Morris, IL.
Born June 11, 1926 in Vienna Township, IL, he was the son of the late Mary and John Severson. His parents, who immigrated
from Norway, farmed the “Veldon place” near Kinsman, followed by the “Walsh place” near Verona. After Don’s father died,
his mother purchased the farm on Verona Road in Norman Township, where Don lived and farmed until moving to Morris in
Don was the second youngest of eight siblings. He graduated from Mazon High School and was confirmed in the Morris
Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Following his marriage to Doris Motter, he was an active member of the Verona United
Methodist Church, including co-teaching adult Sunday School. In addition to singing in the church choir he sang locally in a
quartet with Alta Ferguson, Millie Miller, and Garold Knibbs, led by Marion Eagle. He held many leadership positions in the
community, serving on the boards of the schools, the Church, Morris rural fire department, Farm Bureau, and the Township,
including as auditor, as well as working the election polling place. From 1998 until 2006, he served as a Grundy County
Don farmed for neighbors, Greer’s and for Storey’s and also worked for the Township plowing snow and grading roads; drove
school bus, and sold Pioneer Seed. After retiring from farming, Don for a time worked as a grain inspector for some of the
local elevators until he reached the age of 87.
Don is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Philip) Burkhart of Wimberley, TX; Rebecca (Michael Aubry) Severson of Evanston;
Benita (Michael) Garner of Dunedin, FL; Patti Severson of Cary; Melissa (Scott) Sampson of Morris; and son Donald
Severson Jr. (a.k.a. Ken); eleven grandchildren: Ben (Jeanette) Burkhart, of Oklahoma; Jeremiah (Rachel) Burkhart of North
Carolina; Jessamyn (Justin) May of Idaho; Merideth (Michael) Shelton of Milwaukee; Wynonah (Tyler) Keegan of Utah,
Alexander (Krista) Burkhart of Virginia, Alicia Yearsley of Morris; Jared (Melisa) Garner of Florida; 18 great-grandchildren
and 13 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Sandra (Karp); his wife of 21 years, Doris (Motter); his parents; and his
siblings, Oscar, John (Thelma), Emmett (Irene), Edmund "Bob" (Ruth), Clara (Jim) Dransfeldt, Helen (Joseph) Cassetto and
Ruth (Andrew) Polezoes; an infant daughter, and three nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the Morris Fire Department or to the Joliet Area Community Hospice.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris
with Pastor Patrick Lohse and Pastor Jonathan Wisdom officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will
be held on Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W Jefferson St., Morris, IL. For more information, call the
funeral home at 815-942-0700.