Robert “Bob” Sevde, 80, formerly of Williston, North Dakota passed away Thursday evening, April 13, 2017 at the Eventide Sheyenne Crossing Nursing Home in West Fargo with his children and grandchildren by his side.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday afternoon, April 22, 2017 at 1:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williston, ND.  Father Russel Kovash will officiate.  Interment in Riverview Cemetery will follow the service.

A vigil prayer service will be held Friday evening, April 21, at 7:00 PM at the Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home Chapel in Williston.

Friends may call at Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home on Friday, April 21, from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Saturday.

Robert Jerome Sevde was born to Jerome and Lydia (Johnson) Sevde in Grand Forks, North Dakota on April 4, 1937.  He was raised and educated in Minot before moving to Williston and graduating with the Williston High School Class of 1955. While in school, Bob was very active in sports, band, choir, and was involved in numerous high school committees like homecoming and Coyote Capers.  He lettered in band, football, track and wrestling. Outside of school, Bob was a very gifted violinist and would perform violin solos for memorials and other functions in Williston.  At a very young age, Bob started spending his summers and any free time he had working on his Grandpa Johnson’s farm in Grenora and cherished that time for the rest of his life.

Upon graduation, Robert worked that summer putting up grain silos with his brother Jim in Montana.  He then moved to Fargo where he attended NDSU and studied architecture.  In 1958 Robert entered the United States Air Force where he was a Lieutenant and received pilot training in Lubbock, Texas. On April 29, 1959 he received his commission and served as an Air Force Jet Pilot.  He then worked for the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo. 

On December 30, 1959, Robert was united in marriage to Karen Yvonne Kline at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williston.  They then spent most of their life in Williston and raised their children there. Bob worked for The Burlington Northern Railroad and The Soo Line Railroad and moved to Minneapolis, MN and Enderlin, ND to work for the railroad.  He then moved back to Williston and started working in drafting, estimating and construction where he worked for many builders and construction companies.  Bob had a twenty-five year drafting and estimating career with Farmers Union Lumber of Williston and then later went into business for himself naming it RJ’s Drafting

and Design.

Bob was a Jaycee member and ran the movie theater in Enderlin, ND for a couple years. He also got involved in theatre and performed in plays and once got shot out of a cannon! After moving back to Williston he was an active member of the Elks Club there, and also got involved with the 6th Infantry and spent a lot of time at Fort Union and Fort Buford. He also continued his love and involvement with music and spent many years playing base violin with the Williston Strings and performed at many weddings, funerals and Christmas and July 4th celebrations.

Besides being an amazing draftsman, he was a wonderful artist; he painted horses, landscapes and his family farm. He loved music, especially orchestra or violin which he continued to listen to and play. He was a carpenter and was always helping others with house plans or remodeling projects. He loved woodworking and had numerous hobbies. He loved anything that had to do with ancestry or his family’s farm in Grenora.  He was a very nostalgic person and collected anything that reminded him of days gone by. 

Surviving Robert are his daughters, Kate Preisler of Fargo, ND and Virginia Jacobsen of Grand Forks, ND; his son, Greg Sevde of Lakeville, MN; three grandchildren, Robert Jacobsen of Grand Forks and Marisa and Jacob Preisler of Fargo; one brother, Jim Sevde and his wife Barbara of West Linn Oregon; and one sister, Avis Mreen and her husband, Jim of Wilsonville, Oregon and a special sister-in-law, Toni Cummins and her husband Ralph of Bremerton, Washington.

Preceding Robert in death were his parents, Jerome and Lydia Sevde; his wife, Karen Sevde and a son, Daniel Sevde.

Friends may visit to share remembrances of Bob or leave condolences for his family.

The Everson Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.

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