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Lenn Douglas Severance

Lenn Douglas Severance
Lenn Douglas Severance

Lenn “Lenny” Douglas Severance (76) of Altoona, FL passed away peacefully at home, Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Born in Brattleboro, VT on October 5, 1946, Lenn was the middle son of Reverend Roy B. Severance and Leota “Johnnie” Severance. After high school, Lenn earned an honorable discharge after serving four years in the United States Air Force as a mechanic.

Shortly after his time in the military, Lenn started his career as a truck driver, or as he liked to call it, a transportation specialist. For most of his life, with the exception of when he chose to stay home and raise his daughter as a single father, you would find him driving an 18-wheeler up and down the interstates.

When Lenn’s daughter was in kindergarten, she talked him into attending a school meeting about the YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses. Reluctantly he went that night, but the following 12 years turned out to be some of the best times they shared in that program going on countless camping trips, Pow-Wow’s, and other father-daughter activities.

If he wasn’t on a camping trip with his daughter, you would find Lenn at a car show or swap meet. There wasn’t a car around that Lenn didn’t know the specifics on. He truly had a passion for antique vehicles, especially if it was a Ford truck. In the 90’s, Lenn along with some other car friends started a club called the Florida’s Only Ranchero Drivers (F.O.R.D.) Club and you would find them every Saturday night at the Car Drive-In at Old Town in Kissimmee, FL.

Lenn was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Roy B. Severance (2004), his loving mother, Leota “Johnnie” Severance (2007) both of St. Cloud, FL, and his eldest brother, Ronald B. Severance (2008) of Hazard, KY.

He is survived by his beloved daughter, Lynn (Ken) Carpenter, his youngest brother David (Vashti) Severance, niece Rachel (Kyle) Buerman, and nephew Isaac (Lisa) Severance.

Anywho who knew Lenny, knew he had a heart bigger than Texas and a smile that could light up a room. His daughter was his world and he was hers. The world was a better place with him in it. He will be dearly missed.

In typical Lenn fashion, there are no services planned, certainly no pomp and circumstance. A private celebration of life for family and friends will be held at a later date and time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to his favorite charity, St. Jude Childrens Research.

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