John Edward Severn, 82, printing salesman

April 03, 2004

John Edward Severn, a retired printing salesman, died of cancer Tuesday on his 82nd birthday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care.

Mr. Severn was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Brooklyn neighborhood. He attended McDonogh School and graduated in 1940 from Calvert Hall College High School.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served as a photographer in England and Ireland. He was discharged in 1945 and remained an active reservist until 1954.

In the early 1950s, he went to work for Modern Linotypers and was later promoted to vice president. When the Baltimore-based company was acquired by Monotype Composition, he stayed on as a sales consultant.

He retired last year on a medical disability.

Mr. Severn had lived in Catonsville for 22 years and before that lived in Towson.

He enjoyed boating, fishing, gardening and duck hunting.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Lilly & Zeiler Inc. Funeral Home, Eastern Avenue and Wolfe Street in Baltimore.

Mr. Severn is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Evelyn Godwin; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His son, Thomas Randall Severn, died in 1999.

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