Irvin S. Severson

Irvin S. Severson, age 95, of Kadoka, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Interment will be at the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery north of Murdo.

Irvin Severson was born to Andrew Severson and Celia (Mitchell) Severson on September 13, 1911, in Van Metre, SD. He went to school in Van Metre and attended the Agriculture School in Brookings, SD, for one year. He returned from school to farm at Van Metre.

On October 24, 1939, he married Lucille Livermore of Van Metre and they moved to a farm north of Midland where Irvin engaged in farming and ranching. He raised registered Limousin cattle and won many livestock show awards until he retired in 1984. During this time, he also had a residence in Rapid City, SD. There he was engaged in various enterprises, including an auto dealership and three bowling alleys until 1965.

After retiring from farming, he raised racing Quarter Horses on his horse ranch in Hot Springs, SD. In 1988, he moved the horses to a ranch at Stevensville, MT, and, in 1997, to Benson, AZ. He won many stake races and, in 1999, he ran the Southwest Challenge Champion and was invited to run in the Breeders Cup. He returned to South Dakota in 2002.

Irvin is survived by his daughter, Lana Bruno of Asuncion, Paraguay; his son, Melvin Severson, a grandson, Jeffrey Bruno, and a great-grandson, Robert Durazo, all of Tucson, AZ; a cousin, Leonard Anker and his wife, Mary Ann, of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He joins in peace his great-granddaughter, Thalia Aimee Bruno, who passed away at the age of 11 on October 3, 2004.

A memorial has been established. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com