Norman John Severson was born in Portland, Ore., on May 9, 1923, to Olaf Jens Severson and Lottie May Edwards Severson. He died on Jan. 6, 2018, at age 94.
He is survived by his daughter, Pearl, and his sisters, Pearl and Barbara Jean.
Norman was raised in Parkdale, Ore., with his siblings Pearl, Carl, and Jeannie. He was married to the love of his life, Helen Marie Gray Severson, who preceded him in death in 1994, for just short of 52 years.
Norman leaves behind a legacy of five generations beginning with his four daughters Deanna, Dorene, Norma, and Pearl. He had nine grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
To the end he loved the outdoors and back in the day was an avid square dancer and accordion player. Norm remained independent until his last days and was still living in the home his uncle Sigvart built 69 years ago, surrounded by the orchard he planted.
His last years were filled with the music he loved that he played by ear on the piano, taking “fun rides” with those he loved, and snuggling his dog Scampy II and his cat Abner. He will be dearly missed.
A celebration of life was held Saturday Jan. 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Ave). A committal followed at Upper Valley Cemetery of Parkdale.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals - Receptions - Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031.
Condolences are being received online.
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