James “Jim” Iverson
March 27, 1948 – December 12, 2022
GARRISON – James (Jim) L. Iverson, 74, of Garrison, North Dakota, died unexpectedly on December 12, 2022, at his home near Garrison.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 30, 2022 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison. To honor his wishes, his body was cremated. Inurnment will be held at the Garrison Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.
Jim was born on March 27, 1948 to Edmund and Bertha (Rath) Iverson in Minot, ND. He was raised in the Emmet area and graduated from Garrison High School in 1966. He went on to college at Wahpeton School of Science and earned a degree in mechanics. Jim worked for various garages in the Garrison area. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany during the Vietnam conflict. After his military service he returned to Garrison and went to work for Garrison Equipment and then Mann Drilling Company.
In the late 1970’s, Jim started the Iverson Well Service, which he operated for many years in the Garrison and outlying area. He enjoyed helping his family on the Iverson Farm.
He was united in marriage to Joyce Stumvoll in 1976 in Garrison. The couple later divorced but their friendship remained, and she was always considered a part of the Iverson family. Jim was also blessed with a special friend for 15 years, Loretta Martinsen. They enjoyed going for drives, meeting at the Hometown Tavern, and spending time together watching T.V., especially western, detective, and military shows. He truly became a part of her family, as well as Loretta became a part of ours. He enjoyed cats and took in every stray that wandered into his place. Jim was a quiet man, however he was well known for his dry sense of humor. He was the uncle that would let his nephews and nieces experience “new adventures,” (whether it was riding in his trunk for 12 miles or letting them try cat food when hanging out at his place). He would jokingly encourage them to go “play in the street.” Although he was a “man of few words,” consider yourself lucky if you had the opportunity to visit with him because you would know that he was a kind man with a big heart. He will definitely be missed by those who knew him!
He was a member of the Garrison American Legion Club Post 49 and served in the honor guard for many funerals.
Those left to cherish his memory include his brothers, Richard (Suzanne) Iverson, Bismarck and Edmund (Sally) Iverson, Garrison; sister-in-law, Sharon Iverson, Garrison; two nephews, Jeff (Mindy) Iverson, Bismarck, Shawn (Misty) Iverson, Hazen; five nieces, Angela Iverson-Lechman, Bismarck, Tracey (Dirk) Dietz, St. Paul, NE, Rebecca (Josh) Kern, Bismarck, Madonna (Mark) Paul, Germantown, TN, and Elizabeth (Bob) Bauer, Williston; numerous great-nephews and great-nieces; special friends, Loretta Martinsen, Garrison and Joyce Pfliger, Garrison.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Iverson; his niece’s husband, Maty Lechman; and great-nephew, Dylan Lechman.
Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison, North Dakota & Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul, Nebraska are assisting with arrangements.
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Friday, December 30, 2022
St. Paul Lutheran Church
623 5th St NE
Garrison, ND 58540