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Steven Michael Severson

Steven Michael Severson, age 76, passed away on August 25, 2023, in Ft Smith, AR. He was born on March 10, 1947, in Faribault, MN, to the late Gordon Severson and Florence Gagnon.

Steve joined the Army right out of high school and spent 9 years as a supply and weapons expert. Steve’s lifelong career was in the meat packing business. He started in Albert Lea, MN, and retired from the Tyson plant in Grannis, AR. He had 35 years of service as a Federal Food Inspector.

Steve loved riding motorcycles and going to car shows with his 1953 Chevy firetruck. It won many trophies and plaques, and he was very proud of it and thoroughly enjoyed “Big Red”.

Steve was very well known for his “Bubba” jokes and his day was complete when he had made one or more people smile.

Steve designed and built a small spacious trailer court in Cove, AR. For many years he enjoyed interactions with many long-term tenants who have become friends.

For a long time Steve was very active in the Knights of Columbus. Cooking and serving at those fish dinners was his forte. South Polk County Why Catholic was also a huge joy every week for many years. He delighted in his friends coming to the house for delicious food and spiritual growth studies and discussions.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Thomas Severson.

He is survived by Peggy, his beloved wife of 27 years; his son Tim, wife Pricila and grandsons Scott and Dino Severson of Las Vegas, NV; and son Brian Severson of Cove. His stepson; Joe Betz and wife Amy Hilbert of Fayetteville, AR; stepdaughter Kathy (the wonderful kidney donor) and husband Blake Patterson of Hot Springs, AR, stepson David and wife Amy Betz of Mena, AR. He also has 5 step grandchildren; Taylor, Alex, Gabe, Olivia and Amelia Betz.

Also very dear to him is his St. Agnes family with friends too numerous to mention.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Agnes Food Pantry, a ministry dear to Steve’s heart.

A visitation and rosary are scheduled for Thursday, August 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bowser funeral home. The Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, September 1, at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Catholic Church with Fr. Joseph Shantiraj as the celebrant. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Mena, AR.

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