James Earl Severude, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Just Like Home Senior Care in Chetek, Wis. He was born in the town of Maple Grove, Wis., to Emil and Olga Severude. He was baptized and confirmed at New Scandinavia Lutheran Church in Dallas, Wis., where he was a lifetime active member. He attended several rural schools and Dallas High School.
He worked as a farmer, spent a summer in Yellowstone Park firing boilers at Canyon Hotel, spent two years in the Army artillery serving in Germany and worked as a surge milker dealer and installer.
He married Myrtle Huset on June 19, 1955, at New Scandinavia Lutheran Church. They moved to Sioux Creek Township, where they farmed and he worked on road maintenance for the township.
James loved music and enjoyed playing the violin with family and friends. He was a member of the Blue Hills Fiddlers for several years. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle; three sons, Douglas (April) Severude, of Prairie Lake Township, Wis., Dale (Gigi) Severude, of Monroe, Wash., and Allan (Lailah) Severude, of Woodbury, Minn; three grandchildren, Laura (Zach) Howard, of Zumbrota, Minn., Eric (Manda) Severude, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Christine Severude, of Woodbury, Minn; four stepgrandchildren, Andrew (Heidi) Gombossy, of Blaxland, New South Wales, Australia, Matthew Gombossy, of Monroe, Wash., Hannah Gombossy, of Lancaster, Pa., and Holly Gombossy, of Newburg, Ore.; three great-granddaughters, Aria Howard, Hailey Howard and Harper Severude; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Carley Howard and Savannah Gombossy; one sister, Gloria Newton, of Elm Grove, Wis.; and one brother, Peter Severude, of Barron, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis Severude; a brother, Kenneth Severude; and a sister, Vivian Chapman.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at New Scandinavia Lutheran Church at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.