Boyd Leon Severance, 55, Minot, formerly of Parshall, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Boyd was born July 11, 1958, in Minot, the son of Leon and Roxy (Hay) Severance. He was raised on the family farm, north of Parshall. He started school in Parshall and later attended Anne Carlsen Center for Children in Jamestown from 1968 to 1970. He returned home to finish his education in the Parshall school system. In his early years, Boyd enjoyed riding in the pickup to observe what was going on at the farm or take an afternoon ride with his father. He was an avid Twins and Vikings fan his whole life and loved to listen to baseball games on the radio with his Grandpa Oscar Hay. One of his greatest passions was his Western novels, especially Louis L'Amour. His collection of these paperback Westerns numbered in the hundreds.
Boyd's greatest honor came early in his life when he was named the 1964 North Dakota Poster Child for the March of Dimes. In a photo, he is with Gov. William L. Guy contributing the first dime, officially making January 1964 the March of Dimes month of the year. One of Boyd's first steps toward independence came with his own special needs phone. With it, he could make calls and keep in touch with family members and he would often call his Grandma Pearl Hay, visiting for hours on end. Along the road to independence he spent time living in nursing homes in New Town and Minot.
In 1992, with the assistance of REM of North Dakota, he moved to a group home before moving into his own ISLA apartment. During this time, he also acquired his electric wheelchair and handicapped-accessible van. While living in Minot, he worked at the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop (now KALIX) and Trinity Laundry. He was planning and looking forward to his retirement on June 30 of this year. Boyd was loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Boyd is survived by: his brother, Brian Severance (Mary); niece, Carissa Severance; nephew, Tyler Severance; aunts and uncles, Lester Severance, Carl and Violet Rowell, Arvel and Myrtle Woessner, Carol Schultz, Lois Hilleren, Wesley and Dorothy Hay and John and Louise Hay; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; grandparents, Oscar and Pearl Hay and Charles and Leona Severance; aunts and uncles, Clayton and Olga Severance, Marion and Mildred Shurigar, Jeanette Severance, Leonard Severance, Raymond Severance, Oscar and Carmen Hay and Arnold Hilleren.
Funeral: Wednesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza.
Interment: Will take place next to his parents in the North Plaza Cemetery, Plaza.
Visitation: Today, April 22, from noon to 5 p.m., in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.
Memorials are preferred to the Anne Carlsen Center for Children, March of Dimes, REM of North Dakota or KALIX, which was formerly the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.langhansfuneralhome.com).