Jay Michael Severson, 50, Kasson
Jay Michael Severson, age 50, passed away Nov. 25, 2016 of natural causes.
Jay was born Nov. 18, 1966 to Lyle and Judith (Fryer) Severson at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Jay graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1985. After graduation, he attended RCTC in Rochester for one year.
Jay joined the U.S. Army, but was given a medical discharge due to back problems following basic training. He then worked for Severson Transport, driving semi for a year and also worked in the shop. He trained as a paramedic in Dubuque, Iowa and worked as a paramedic in Clinton, Iowa and eventually for Gold Cross in Rochester. Jay graduated with honors from Brown Institute in St. Paul in computers in 1998 and worked for a St. Paul company that serviced and installed State Farm computers all over the lower half of Minnesota. He also worked for Mayo Clinic technical support since 2001 until his death.
Jay married Christine Koster on Sept. 27, 1997, divorcing in 2014. They had no children.
Survivors include his mother, Judy Severson of Kasson; uncle, Bob (Nancy) Fryer of Byron; aunt, Ligia Fryer of Aldeia Pe.Brasil SA; special cousins, Tamara (David) Johnson of Frostproof, Fla., Kristi Bakken of Hudson, Wis., Andrea (Christian) Frost of Sandy, Utah, Christy (Paul) Fosse and Patrick Fryer of Tampa, Michael (Samyla) Fryer of Aldeia Pe. Brasil SA, Laura (Jon) Wuensch of La Crosse, Wis., and Sara (Jason) Whitney of Byron. Jay was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Severson; uncle, John Fryer; aunt and uncle Joan (Donald “Toby”) Phelps; grandparents, Oscar and Irene Severson of Kasson, formerly of Hayfield and Willis and Pauline Fryer of Mantorville.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road NW, Byron, Minn. with Rev. Steve Rheingans officiating. Visitation was held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, Minn., and one hour prior to the service at the church. Jay will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville, Minn. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN 8000 West 78th St., Suite 175, Edina, MN 55439. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com