John Robert Severin, 80, of Sabetha, formerly of Axtell passed away Friday, June 10, 2011.
John was born in Axtell, Kansas on November 8, 1930 to John P. and Rose (Grothjan) Severin.
He was the oldest son. He had three siblings, Maryanne Selk, Marciel Strathman, and Joe Severin, they all preceded him in death.
He married Marjean Schmelzle on January 18, 1958 and they have had 53 wonderful years of marriage.
John, better known as “Jack”, lived 77 years of his life in Axtell, Kansas where he was a dairy farmer for many years. After retirement from farming, he worked as the janitor at St. Michael’s School in Axtell.
He graduated from Axtell High School in 1948. Jack served in the US army in Korea from 1952-1954, and was a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jack was the first lay minister at St. Michael’s church in Axtell, served on the parish council, and counted the money for the church collection for several years.
He suffered kidney failure in 2005 and went on dialysis in October of 2005. In January of 2008 Jack and his wife Marjean moved to Sabetha.
Jack was a loving and loyal husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. He loved life and will be missed by all those that were lucky to have known him.
He is survived by his wife, Marjean (Schmelzle) Severin of Sabetha; a son, Jeff Severin of Axtell; a granddaughter, Suzanne and Jeremy Nolte, and their children Tyler and Jaylan of Seneca; a grandson, Stephen and Jill Severin, and their children Brenden and Brody of Sabetha.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Axtell. A parish rosary will be recited Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Father Albert Hauser OSB will celebrate the Mass. The inurnment will be in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be John Selk, Steve Grothjan, Rodney Severin, Darren Severin, Maur Strathman, and Tyler Strathman. Military honors will be conducted by the R.R. Hendrick American Legion Post 214. Memorial contributions may be left to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, sent in care of the funeral home, 823 Virginia St. Sabetha, KS 66523.