Thief River Falls - Irvin C. Iverson, 96, Thief River Falls, formerly of Goodridge, died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Voelker, Ph.D officiating. Casket bearers included all of Irvin’s grandchildren. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Irvin Conrad Iverson was born in Goodridge Township, the fourth of six children, to Casper and Lena (Strand) Iverson, on September 12, 1916. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Goodridge Lutheran Church.
He married Alice Juliet Olson on October 6, 1936 at Goodridge. They were married for over 73 years when Alice passed on June 22, 2010. He and Alice lived on a farm near Goodridge, where they raised their five children, Conrad, Leon, Allen, Elaine and Judy. In 1974, Alice and Irvin moved to Thief River Falls, where they were members of Trinity Lutheran Church. They lived on Eighth Street until February 2010, when they moved to Valley Home Assisted Living. In April 2012, he moved to Pioneer Home in Erskine.
Irvin was a farmer. He drove a substitute mail carrier rural route out of Goodridge for many years, was a Goodridge Township Assessor and also served on the Goodridge Township Board for a number of years. In the earlier years, Irvin and Garfield played at barn dances.
He drove his team of horses with a sleigh school bus, warming coals in the house and placing them in the covered sleigh for heat. He worked at Ace Hardware in their first years in Thief River. He and Alice had many 'stop in for coffee' visitors in their Thief River Falls home. In his years at Valley Home, Irvin told everyone what good kids he had. In his words: “I've got good kids – you betcha I do - I've had good kids.” He had also begun to often say, “I've had a good life - no complaints.” He played his violin and loved to sing for the staff and anyone who would listen. The Pioneer staff said they all knew the Good Morning to You song from him, as he had learned in school years ago.
Survivors are his children: Leon (Sharon) Iverson of Thief River Falls, Allen (Susan) Iverson of Chisholm, Elaine (Harold) Skreland of Inver Grove Heights, and Judy Iverson of Surprise, AZ, daughter-in-law Sharon Iverson of Chanhassen; 12 grandchildren: Rosalee (Joel) Dahlen, Roxanne Iverson, Nancy (Brad) Stockman, Rhonda (Ryan) Haugen, Brenda (Garth) Beckwith, Dan Iverson, Loralee Iverson, Todd (Michele) Iverson, Aaron (Megan) Skreland, Sara (Scott) Clark, Katey (Rob) Hoshaw, Karina Briski; 17 great-grandchildren: Lindsay (Andy) Paulson, Rob (Holly Samuelson) Dahlen, Rozlynn (Brad) Johnsrud, Jamie (Todd) Nohl, Jena (Cliff) Johnsrud, Ashley Iverson, Molly Stockman, Austin Stockman, Cassidy Beckwith, Mallory Iverson, Boston Iverson, Wyatt Beckwith, Maggie Iverson, Jaxen Iverson, Londyn Iverson, Austin Clark, Maren Clark; 10 great-Great grandchildren: Bo, Tanner and Lauren Paulson; Jordynn, Donnie and Jennings Johnsrud; Henry and Eden Nohl, Carter Lee and Cash Johnsrud. Also surviving are his sisters Edna McEnelly of Thief River Falls and Evelyn Manderud of Fergus Fall, as well as sister-in-law Evelyn Larson of Moorhead, and brother-in-law Archie (Donna) Olson of Blaine, MN as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his wife Alice, son Conrad; grandson Mark Skreland; siblings, Mollie Olson, Garfield Iverson, Julia Quam; and his parents; and in-laws including: Orris Olson, Oliver McEnelly, Sena Iverson, Morris Quam, Clara (Adolph) Larson, Bennie (Myrtle) Olson, Gustav Olson, Gilman (Shirley) Olson, Hannah (Earl) Larson and Norman Larson.
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