John Stanley Sever
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December 10, 1928 - April 16, 2014
John Stanley "Stan" Sever, 85 of Nampa, finished the race and went to be with Jesus on April 16, 2014 in Nampa, Idaho. A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Grace Bible Church, 1415 W. Lone Star Rd. in Nampa with military honors by the Mt. Home Air Force Base Honor Guard. A private inurnment will be at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th. Ave. Rd. in Nampa, 208-442-8171. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com
John Stanley "Stan" Sever was born December 10, 1928 in Miami, Florida to John and Margaret (Crowe) Sever was the oldest of 10 children. He completed high school at Miami Tech in 1947 where he played football on both offense and defense. Stan joined the Air Force in 1949 and served during the Korean War as a diesel power man at Naha Air Force base on Okinawa being honorably discharged in 1952. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He married Nellie Moore on July 11, 1952 and they settled in Hialeah, Florida. Their first son, Sid was born in October 1953. In 1954, they moved to Denver, Colorado where Stan worked as a dam builder and brick mason. Their second son Mark was born in July 1955. They then moved back to Hialeah, Florida, where Stan joined the Hialeah fire department and third son David was born in September 1960. In 1962, the family relocated to Idaho.
Stan's first wife, Nellie, passed away in 1973. Stan married Louise Buckle June 18, 1977 and added step sons, Steve, Chuck and Roger Buckle to the family. Stan worked a variety of jobs over the years before retiring from the Nampa School district as a custodian in 1991.
Stan enjoyed raising livestock, and took the Hoard's Dairyman and Idaho Livestock Farmer magazines for years after he moved into town. He was a big fan of Studebaker automobiles and drove them until they went out of business. Stan loved the game of football and enjoyed watching games on TV and was a good armchair coach. He always raised a vegetable garden, loved to grocery shop and cook and never used a recipe. He worked for years to collect recyclables to raise money for Nazarene missions. He taught boys Sunday school , drove Sunday school bus and in later years was the perennial chili cook off champion at Bethel Church of the Nazarene.
He attended Grace Bible Church for the past seven years. Stan was a faithful and committed churchman and a student of the scriptures having memorized numerous passages during his lifetime.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret, brothers, Bill, Ray and Glenn and sister in law Bonnie and first wife Nellie. He is survived by second wife Louise, brothers Herb, Tom, Ted and Harry, sisters Mary Lou Sever and Margaret (Jim) Martin; sons Sid and wife Julie, Mark and wife Kathy and David and wife Anna, step sons Steve and wife Susan Buckle, Chuck and wife Sharon Buckle and Roger Buckle, seven granddaughters, three step grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the Blue team at the Boise VA Hospital and Heart and Home Hospice for the excellent treatment and care they gave Stan in the last years and months of his life.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Nampa Lighthouse or the Mission Aviation Fellowship in Stan's honor.
Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel
415 12th Avenue South Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 4, 2014