F. Neal Sever passed away August 27, 2012 , in Virginia Beach, VA, following complications from a heart attack. He was a man among men, loved and respected by all who knew him. Memorial services were held at Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA, on Saturday, September 1. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D. C.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Submarine Service of the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Barb. He was particularly proud of the crew with whom he patrolled. He was the last surviving member of an 8-man team that went ashore in Japan to blow up a train, the only ground combat operation on mainland Japanese soil during World War II. For his bravery, he was awarded the Silver Star.
Born in Sioux City, he was the only child of Mary (Gormally) and William Sever and was orphaned at the age of 12. Self-driven, he went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Dakota and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School. As a professional he rose in the corporate ranks of Westinghouse Electric Corp. to associate general counsel. A dedicated athlete, he was an avid golfer and runner. In two decades of running he completed over 20 marathons including the likes of Boston and New York.
He attended Hoyt School in Union County, SD, in 1936 and 1937. On August 22, 1948, he was married to Marian Fickbohm at the Union Creek Lutheran Church in South Dakota. He and Marian were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, PA, for 53 years where he was active in all areas of the congregation. He served as president of the Church Council and of the congregation on three occasions. He was a high school Sunday School teacher and taught several adult Sunday School classes.
His finest hours were as a husband, father and grandfather. Beloved by his family, he will always be a source of wisdom and humor. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marian; a son, Mark Sever and his wife Liz; daughter Mary Sever; four grandchildren, Kimberly Sever, Alexander Farmartino, Joseph Farmartino and Steven Farmartino; two great grandchildren, Casey Horne and Ezekiel Farmartino and a brother-
in-law and sister-in-law, LaVon and Lawrence Maynard of Akron.