James Iverson

James Iverson

James D. Iverson, 84, formerly of Sioux Falls, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison, South Dakota.

A funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 27, at George Boom Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

James Iverson was born May 14, 1931, to Melvin and Thea (Olson) Iverson in Puposky.  When he was seven years old, his parents separated, and his mother took the children to Grand Forks, North Dakota, for a year, where Jim attended school.  His mother then accepted a housecleaning position east of Middle River, and Jim attended Middle River High School.  Jim graduated from Middle River High School in 1948. He worked in Thief River Falls at the Montgomery Ward Store and also at KTRF Radio.

Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in December 1951 and spent basic training in Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.  He then was stationed to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He married Maxine Thortsen there on May 10, 1932.  Jim was then stationed at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.  Jim received his honorable discharge in September 1955. The family settled in Duluth, where Jim began working at St. Germain’s Paint and Glass.  The family was very active in Trinity Lutheran Church and Jim was Sunday School superintendent for many years. 

After a brain aneurysm in October 1964 Jim and his family moved to San Bernardino, California, where Jim underwent therapy for over a year. He then enrolled in the University of California and  graduated with an AA degree in marketing. In 1969 the family moved to Mayville, North Dakota, where Jim attended Mayville State College and graduated with a BA Degree in business administration in 1972.

The family then moved to Hills, where Jim began serving as the administrator of the Tuff Memorial Home on June 1, 1972.  They were members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and Jim served as Sunday School superintendent. In 1985 Jim and Maxine moved to Zumbrota, and Jim served as the administrator of Pine Island Care Center. He retired in 1986, and he and Maxine settled in Sioux Falls to be closer to their three sons. Maxine died of cancer on Oct. 8, 1993, at the age of 62.

The family spent many summers camping together.

Jim entered Bethel Suites in Madison for assisted living care in May 2008 and moved to Bethel Lutheran Home in September 2009.

Jim is survived by three sons, James (Cheryl) Iverson, Madison, S.D., and Jeff (Kathy) Iverson and John Iverson, all of Sioux Falls; and two grandsons, David and Dan Iverson, also of Sioux Falls.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; his parents; two children, Kathryn and Steven; a brother, Maynerd; and a sister, Aloyce.

Memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Home for their Staff Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements were by George Boom Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, www.georgeboom.com.

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