Michael D. Severson, 31
Thursday, February 14, 2013 3:58 AM
Michael D. Severson, 31, was called home to Heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 29,
Michael D. Severson was born and raised in Rochester. Growing up, he
enjoyed a close and loving relationship with his devoted father, and his
mother called him, "the joy of her life." His brothers and sister have many
loving and funny stories to tell about the years growing up together. He was
an outstanding student in school, earning several academic achievement
awards. From t-ball to baseball, basketball and football. He was a joiner
and played with all his heart. His aggression on the field or court was in
sharp contrast to his normally gentle spirit.
He wanted to play guitar almost from the time he could pronounce the
word. At 10-years-old he got his first electric guitar, and within just a
couple of months the house was filled with music. This talent grew to a
point where he could close his eyes and play the most beautiful original
music as if he was channeling it directly from another realm. Music remained
a passion throughout his life.
His only passion greater than music was his love for his son, Lyric
Martin. He was thrilled to be a father and actively engaged in his son's
care in every way that he could. Lyric was "the joy of his life." He would
have loved to be a dad caring for Lyric 24/7 if that had been possible.
He is survived by his son, Lyric Michael Martin of Rochester; parents,
Sandra (Harvey) TePoel of Rochester, and Lanny Severson of Chatfield;
brothers, Eugene (Stephanie) Gergen of Zumbro Falls, John (Tara) Gergen of
Mantorville; sister, Lisa (Corey) Patterson of Rochester; stepsisters,
Alison (Clay) McDaniel of Indianapolis, Ind., and Tracy TePoel of
Bloomington; grandfather, Henry L. Johnson of Harris; nieces and nephews,
Brandon, Devon, Zoey, Ashley, Travis, Jessica, Ben, Jora, Alex, Angela,
Levi, Carly, and Max; and his longtime friend and mother of his child,
A Celebration of Life was held at the First Unitarian Universalist
Church in Rochester, on Saturday, Feb. 2.