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Phone: (208) 436-1800

Ronald `Dirk` Severe

Born: Thursday Jul-11-1957
Died: Sunday Dec-17-2017
Funeral: Monday Dec-18-2017

Morrison Payne Funeral Home
& Crematory

321 E Main St
Burley, ID 83318
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Ronald Dirk Severe, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 after a short but valiant battle against cancer.

“Dirk” was born on July 11, 1957 in Dugway, Utah to Ruth and Ronnie Severe, who later divorced.  After his mother’s re-marriage to his step-father, Dean Winnett, Dirk became an avid hunter and fisherman, earning the nickname of “Mountain Goat”.

On March 7, 1981, Dirk married the love of his life, Merla Pearson and together they raised two beautiful daughters, Edie Pearson-Severe Robinson and Shandi (Lonne) McCann.  In recent years, the couple were blessed with four amazing grandchildren, Koby Christiansen, Troy Robinson, Bryce McCann and Hailee McCann.  Dirk’s face always lit with pride and joy whenever his grandchildren were present.

Dirk attended schools in Burley, Idaho and graduated from Burley High in 1975.  He then went to work at the J.R. Simplot Company, working on the carton line and the ethanol plant.  In recent years, Dirk worked as the production manager for Biowest Ag Services where he worked with the best boss and co-workers in the world.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth Winnett; two brothers, Bret Severe of Twin Falls and Cory (Amber) Winnett of Paul, Idaho; two sisters, Rhonda (Kip) Forsdick and Tammy (Larry) Lee both of Weiser, Idaho; his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father and stepfather, grandparents and one nephew, Jamie Wilcox.

Dirk’s family would like to thank Stephen Devers for his unfailing support throughout Dirk’s four month battle and Intermountain Health and Hospice, especially Wanda, Ilene, Stephanie and Kay.

Dirk was truly a gentle man’s gentleman and will be greatly missed.

A remembrance social will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the mortuary on Thursday, December 21, 2017.  Services are under the direction of Joel Heward Morrison Payne Funeral Home in Burley. 

Condolences for Ronald "Dirk" Severe

From: Karla Robinson
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Blessing of comfort.

From: Cindy (Obermiller) Gierisch
I am so saddened to hear about the loss of 'dirk'. i have wonderful memories of him as a adolescent, a young man, and in his older years. so many they are hard to count. his smile was infectious, and his eyes so blue. he will be so missed by everyone. my thoughts and prayers are with all of you (merla, Ruth, rhonda, bret, tammy, and FAMILIES).

From: STephanie hotchkiss
I know words fail at a time like this. I am sorry for you. Sending a really tight hug and some tears.

From: Juanita Sorg
Our sincerest condolences to all of dirk's family from the Sorg family!!

From: Darla Salung & Family
Aunt Merky and FamilY
We send our deepest sympothy for u and your family thru this difficult tIme, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Debra Caldwell
Dirk, Dale Steve and me,the 4 musketeers. We had fun. So glad that I got to know. May you Rest in peace. God Bless.

From: Megan Tilley
So sorry i can not be there to commiserate and share. my thoughts and prayers to Dirk's family and friends. cousin Megan in Australia.

From: Dale hOOKER
I will always be indebted to Dirk for all he taught me about life, He was the Big Brother I never had! He showed me how to camp, The South Hills, Hunting and fishing, all the things a big brother would do! I will cherish our friendship for the rest of my life! I know when my time comes, he will be there with open arms to welcome me home. Words do not do justice for him, it is all I have other than my Great Respect for him and all he stood for! He will truly be missed! Until we meet again, Love ya!

Dear Aunt Ruth and cousins,
I am just reading dirk's memorial this morning. I am so saddened by this news. I remember when uncle dean introduced us to our new aunt and cousins how excited curt and I were to have cousins our age (even though they were burley bobcats!). Though we've lost communication through the years I can hear the love in the words describing dirk and his family. Praying to god that your celebration of a life well lived will be filled with honor and love.

From: Alana Tilley
Dear auntie, cousins and family:
Words can't express how sorry i am for your loss. so grateful that i could visit dirk and the family in october to share memories and love. so many loved ones welcomed dirk home to our heavenly father on sunday. You have another angel watching over each of you. sending love, prayers, hope and faith to help you through this difficult time.

From: JJ Obermiller
Merla, kids, and family
I send you my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. When i think of dirk my mind floods with memories of growing up in that much simpler time and place. The memories i have will forever be etched into my mind. Memories of hUnting and fishing, campinG or just playing kick the can. Riding bikes all over burley to fish or swim or to just plain go exploring!
It was as though we lived in a norman rockwell painting. I know that dirk will always have a speCial place in the memories of everyone in our family . He
Remained connecTed to Vince throughout the years as we have moved through our liveS and the memories i hold of my youth are forever sweetened for having Had the privaledge of growing up with him and his Mom and Dad, Brothers and sisters. He will be smiling down from heaven as he keeps an eye on you to keep you safe and guide your lives. God bless all of you in this sorroWful Time! Know that my thoughts and prayerS are with you ! Jj

From: Marva and Tim Giraud
Dear Merla so sorry for your loss I know your heart must be breaking.   May God comfort your family at this time.


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Morrison Funeral Home
& Crematory

188 South Hwy 24
Rupert, Idaho 83350
Phone (208) 436-1800