Richard ‘Dick’ Severson

Richard ‘Dick’ Severson, 68, Minot, died Saturday, June 24, 2023, in his home.

Richard Floyd Severson was born November 21, 1954, in Minot, North Dakota to John and Neva (Cuddigan) Severson. Dick grew up in Minot and graduated from Minot High School with the class of 1972. Following graduation, Richard attended college in Wahpeton at NDSCS and Minot State.

Dick was hired on with the Burlington Northern Railroad in December of 1974 with his sister Shirlee. He served as a brakeman and switchman early in his career out of Mandan, ND.

Dick was once married to Mari Hertz. This union was blessed with two children, Megan and Eli.  They made their home in Mandan, ND.

Dick moved to Minot in 1988. He was joined in marriage to his loving wife Marian Palmer on Valentines Day. They shared the next twenty-six years of married life together side by side.

Dick continued his work on the railroad in Minot, retiring as a conductor in November of 2014 after 40 years of service. He was proud to have committed to a high degree of safety, which resulted in an injury-free career.

Richard enjoyed spending time on the lake and time at their cabin on Lake Metigoshe. He enjoyed fishing in local lakes and hunting with family and friends. He was a collector of guns but especially enjoyed riding Harley motorcycles, woodworking, small engine mechanics, and driving his speedboat. Marian recalls a beautiful trip they shared for his son Eli’s wedding in Mexico.

Richard will be remembered most for his patience and dedication, along with his incredible green thumb in the garden.

Richard is survived by his loving wife and companion of 33 years, Marian Severson, Minot; children Megan (Jeremy) Ensign and Eli (Christina) Severson both of Bismarck, ND, siblings Shirlee (Don) Grosulak, Mandan, ND and Sue (Larry) Moore of Kasilof, AK, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tom Severson, and brothers-in-law Dave Palmer and Tom Dougherty.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 29, 2023, at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, ND.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Wednesday June 28, 2023 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, ND.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society in his name.


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