Howard M. Severson, age 93, of New Glarus passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He was born on January 20, 1923 to his parents Casper and Tena (Evenstad) Severson.

Howard graduated from Blanchardville High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Madison Business College. On October 24, 1942 he was united in marriage to Kathryn Crook at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville. Kathryn predeceased Howard on January 22, 2003 after sixty years of marriage. Howard then married Dorene L. Disch in 2006. Initially Howard farmed and then worked for the University of Wisconsin on the Wisconsin Electric Research Farm. He then began working in the title industry at Preferred Title for Perry Armstrong and then owned Capital Land Title, Inc. Howard then retired at the age of 72 from Stewart Title.

He was a member of the Swiss United Church of Christ in New Glarus and was a long time member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison serving as a Sunday school teacher, parking lot director, and usher. Howard was also a member of the New Glarus Masonic Lodge #310, Sons of Norway, and the Madison Elks Club. He also was a 45 year member of his stock club and a 50 year member of his card club. Howard loved to read, watch sports, listen to music, and dance to polkas and waltzes at the New Glarus Hotel. Though as of late he would say “I Lost My Hop”. Howard also enjoyed trout fishing and any day he could fish was a good one. Howard was a strong person who took care of his family, he will be greatly missed.

Howard is survived by his wife Dorene L. Disch-Severson of New Glarus, WI; two daughters Mary (Stan) Marks of Eau Claire, WI and her family Todd (Jennifer) Marks and children Madilyn and Graham of Verona, WI; Janine (Doug) Olson of Madison, WI and her family Emily (Chris) Sheffelman and children Ella, Lily, and Leo of Madison, WI, and Kathryn (Brett) Schuster and son Owen of DeForest, WI. He is further survived by a brother Carlton “Sam” Severson of Blanchardville, WI, Dorene’s children: Sharon (Bill Tomkins) Darrow of Oregon, WI and her daughters: Marcy (Derek) Dahlk, daughters Lucy and Ruby of Mount Horeb, WI, Mindy (Chris) Wetzel and daughter Cora of Mount Horeb, WI, and Marta M. Darrow of Fitchburg, WI, Larry (Laura) Moldenhauer of New Glarus, WI and his daughter Stephanie (Troy) Loether of West Bend, WI and children Tianna, Chloe, Isaac, and Ephraim, and step-children Chris Ripp of Windsor, WI and David Ripp of Milwaukee, WI, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Kathryn, a granddaughter Jennifer K. Marks, and a brother Arthur Severson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Swiss United Church of Christ, 18 Fifth Ave., New Glarus, WI with the Rev. Kim Moeller officiating, with entombment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison with Masonic rites.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Swiss United Church of Christ in New Glarus.

The family would like to thank the staffs of the New Glarus Home and St. Mary’s Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of Howard.

The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is serving the family.
A memorial fund has been established.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at