Larry "Iver" D. Iverson, 68, of rural Garrison, died peacefully Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at his home. He was diagnosed with cancer in September.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison. A private burial will be in the Garrison City Cemetery. Pastor Dick Hendrickson will be officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Hugh P. Minehan American Legion Post 49. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Camp of the Cross, Hugh P. Minehan American Legion Post 49, or the donor's choice.
Larry was born Feb. 20, 1945, to Edmund and Bertha (Rath) Iverson, in Minot. He graduated from Garrison High School in 1963. After graduation, he attended NDSU. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service until 1967.
In March of 1968, he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash. After a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division, he completed his active service in March 1970 in Fort Hood, Texas. He was honorably discharged in March 1974. He worked construction, and then went back to NDSU for two quarters. In 1974, he moved back to the family farm.
On June 12, 1976, he married Sharon Kay Fast in Garrison. The couple had two children. The Iverson farm was 100 years old in 2007. He farmed until his retirement in 2008. As a family, they enjoyed spending time at the lake, boating and camping, hunting, and farming. He enjoyed "tinkering" in his shop and around the farm. When asked recently, "What can I get you Dad?" he replied, "I have it all right here. My family."
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison. He was a former member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Emmet, where he was a very active member. He served many years on the St. Peter's Church Council and the Prairie Rose Lutheran Church board. He was a member of the American Legion Club Post 49, VFW Post 6940, Vietnam Veterans of America, Totten Trail Snowmobile Club, Garrison Farmers Union Elevator Board, Garrison Rural Fire Department, Lake Sakakawea M.E.Y. Club, Garrison Sportsman's Club, and the NRA.
Those left to cherish his memory include: his wife of 37 years, Sharon, of rural Garrison; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Mindy Iverson, of Bismarck; daughter and son-in-law, Tracey and Dirk Dietz, of St. Paul, Neb.; grandchildren, Jack and Julia Iverson, of Bismarck, and Scotlyn Dietz of St. Paul, Neb.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim Iverson, of Garrison, Dick and Sue Iverson, of Bismarck, Ed and Sally Iverson, of Bismarck; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Al Fast, of Idaho Springs, Colo., Diana Minette and Wayne Krause, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dennis and Martie Fast, of Golden, Colo.; special family friend, Joyce Pfliger, of rural Garrison; godchildren, Carla Rime, of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and Michael Lee, of Fargo; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Bertha Iverson; mother-in-law, Olga Rostad; and great-nephew, Dylan Lechman.
(Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)