Phillip and Erma Severson, of Sioux City, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Holy Spirit Retirement Home.
No gifts please; cards may be sent to Erma at Holy Spirit, 1701 W. 25th St., Sioux City, IA 51103.
Their children are Lisa Ann, and Paul and his wife, Karen. They have three grandchildren.
Phillip married the former Erma E. Dragoo on Nov. 1, 1957. They have lived in Sioux City all their married life. Phil is a retired carpenter with the Local 948 and after 18 years as plant mechanic for MidAmerican Energy. He is a 50-year 33rd Degree Mason and had served as Master of Landmark and Tyrian Lodges and the three York Rite Bodies. Phil is also a Shriner and a past Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of Iowa from 1989 to 1990.
Erma is a retired nursing instructor. She taught at most of the local nursing schools and after obtaining her masters at USD, she taught nursing at Western Iowa Tech Community College and later pharmacology at the University of South Dakota until she retired. Later she returned to Western Iowa Tech to teach ESL for several years, then retired again to pursue her hobbies of crocheting, knitting and tatting for friends and family.