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CSM, Robert D. Severance, U.S. Army Ret.

CSM, Robert D. Severance, U.S. Army Ret.

August 28, 1931 - August 8, 2018     Age: 86

Command Sergeant Major Robert Donel  Severance, US Army Retired, died on 8, August 2018 at Warner Center for Caring.

He was born August 28, 1931, in Jacksonville, Florida, the third of four sons of Newitt Oscar Severance and Ruth Eighmey Root Severance.

He attended schools in Oceanway, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Andrew Jackson High, Jacksonville.

His military service began when he enlisted in the US Army in 1948. He was a Veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He served on active duty for 30 years in stateside posts in California, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and assignments outside the continental limits of the US in Alaska, Korea, Germany (2 tours for 10 ½  years), and Vietnam. He was detailed from the Army for duty with the Central Intelligence Agency for more than 8 ½ years. His last military assignment was in the Third Infantry Division, Wuerzburg, Germany, from February 1971 through June 1978, serving the last 3 years as Division Command Sergeant Major of the Third Infantry Division.

His military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, and numerous US and foreign campaign and service medals. He was awarded the German Military Efficiency Badge in Bronze, Silver, and Gold, by the Federal Republic of Germany Bundeswehr.

He retired from the US Army in 1978 and moved from Germany to Yulee where he has resided since.

Following military retirement he was employed as a Letter Carrier with the US Postal Service, Murray Hill Station, Jacksonville, Florida for more than 15 years. He retired from the US Postal Service in 1994.

As a member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), he served as Executive Vice-President of Marne-Franconia Chapter, AUSA, 1979-1982; served as a member and Chairman of the Resolutions Committee and member of the Membership Committee. He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans;  a lifetime member of the Society of the Third Infantry Division; former member of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society and several other genealogical organizations.

He was predeceased by his wife, Vernicia Arlyn Cascadden Severance, in February 1980. He leaves behind two daughters, Nancy Ann Dyke and Roberta Jane Klawinski (Mark), both of Tallahassee, a son, Robert Donel Severance, Jr., of Fernandina Beach, nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Oxley-Heard Funeral Home, Fernandina Beach, Florida, from 5:00-7:00 PM Saturday, August 11, 2018.

 Funeral services, with full military honors and burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, at a later date.

10 Condolences

  • Russell Fullwood Posted August 9, 2018 11:11 am

    Sorry Bobby for your loss it’s difficult losing your dad I lost mine in 90 I still miss him like it was yesterday no more pain he’s wearing those golden wings now again j am sorry for your loss

  • immy Willis Posted August 9, 2018 7:24 pm

    He was and will always be an extraordinary gentleman. We sure knew how to get him fired up. See you Saturday Brotherman. We will see him on the other side. Love to you and the Family.

  • michelle tiliakos Posted August 9, 2018 7:47 pm

    Robert i was so sorry to hear about your fathers passing.I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family .You have my very deepest sympathy.

  • Bro. Bill & Ms. Peggy Forde Posted August 10, 2018 11:23 am

    May the God of all Grace and comfort be your stay in these times is our prayer for you folks.
    Psalms 46:1

  • Theresa Golden White Posted August 10, 2018 12:14 pm

    My heart is with you and your family

  • Claire Holmes Posted August 10, 2018 12:44 pm

    Robert, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He sounds like an extraordinary man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • James and Her Bishop Posted August 10, 2018 6:14 pm

    It has been a pleasure and a privilege being a neighbor of Robert for 40 years. GOD bless the family our prayers are with you.

  • Christine McDermott Posted August 10, 2018 6:49 pm

    Surrounding your family with prayers

  • Nick D’Angelo Posted November 5, 2018 2:11 am

    I served under Bob Severance for 3years in Germany. I am saddned to hear of his death. May he RIP..
    He was definitely a first class soldier

  • Marge Gray Posted March 20, 2020 6:32 pm

    Was shocked to read your obit. Its a bit late but someone just sent this on to me. Robert was a cool guy, we all enjoyed being around him. Being with the Lord has saved you from this awful virus that has gone all over the world. Maybe you found out some of the secrets of your ancestors now. Genealogy was our hobby.

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