Anthony Severns Passes Away at 54


Anthony James “AJ” Severns of Mitchell, Neb., former Pendleton resident, died on March 9, 2018 in Portland at the age of 54.

He was born on Nov. 20, 1963 in San Francisco, Calif. to James J. Severns Jr. and Blanche Cecilia Faro Severns.

AJ attended schools in Pendleton and then joined the United States Army, where he trained to become an x-ray technician. After his honorable discharge, he worked as an x-ray technician in Tacoma, Wash. and Enumclaw, Wash. AJ then worked in medical coding and transcription for several years. He had lived in Nebraska for the past nine years, where he studied theology. AJ was an active member of the Boy Scouts as a youth. He enjoyed making beaded jewelry and rosaries, traveling, sewing, as well as working with and helping others.

He is survived by his parents, James Jr. and Blanche Severns; brothers, Thomas Severns, Gerald (Tracy) Severns and William (Judy) Severns; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

AJ was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Sr. and Effie Severns, and Louis and Frances Faro.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 800 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton, with The Rite of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 a.m.

Burial with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Echo Cemetery.

Those who wish may make contributions in AJ’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

Please sign the online condolence book at

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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