Lynn R. Iverson. 82, Nelson, WI
Lynn R. Iverson, age 82, of Nelson, WI, a longtime teacher at Alma, WI schools, died Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital-St. Marys Campus in Rochester. He was born June 17, 1936 in Rock Dell, MN, the son of Haven and Frances (Yankowiak) Iverson. He graduated from Kellogg, MN High School in 1954. He then attended Winona State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1962. He received his Masters in Education from Winona State in 1974. Lynn taught 33 years for the Alma Area Schools System, teaching geography, health and physical education classes.
He also coached football and track for many years at AHS. Lynn’s most powerful and successful football teams were witnessed during the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the fall of 1970, the Rivermen completed another undefeated, 8-0 season and allowed only six total points. Those six points came in a 36-6 victory versus Winona Cotter High School. As a successful track and field coach, Lynn sent several athletes to Madison to participate in the Wisconsin Track and Field meet, including his sons, Kirk and Steve, who qualified in the pole vault and long jump.
Lynn met the love of his life, Marguerite Tiffany, at a dance at the Oak Center General Store in rural Lake City. They later married January 20, 1956, at the United Methodist Church in Durand. They continued their shared joy of dancing throughout their married lives. His interests and hobbies also included deer, duck and pheasant hunting. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He dearly loved spending time on their farm located in rural Nelson raising pigs and chickens, cutting wood and gazing out over the expanse of the farm. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved wife and family. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Wabasha and the Nelson Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Iverson, Nelson, WI; children, Deborah Iverson, Madisonville, KY, Kimberly (Arthur) Litchfield, Goodyear, AZ, Kirk Iverson, Hudson, WI, Steven Iverson, Hugo, MN, Heidi Iverson (Mark Jones), Kellogg, MN; 10 grandchildren, Matthew Gorell, Tiffany Griesbach, Nathaniel and Isaac Gorell, Arthur Litchfield III and Joshua Litchfield, Nicholas Iverson, and Mariah, Hannah and Isabella Iverson-Jones; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Kay (Ken) Barjenbruch, Omaha, NE, Margaret ‘Mitzi’ (Joe) Dohn, Rancho Santa Fe, CA; brother, Dennis (Pat) Iverson, Owatonna, MN; nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Connie O’Connor.
A memorial service celebrating his life was held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church in Wabasha with the Reverend David Knox officiating. Interment was at Nelson Cemetery. Honorary bearers were his ten grandchildren. Family and friends called at Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 4-7 pm and at the church on Tuesday one hour before the service. Memorials are preferred to Faith Lutheran Church, 905 Hiawatha Dr. E., Wabasha, MN 55981, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 709 S. 2nd St., Alma, WI 54610, and St. Elizabeth’s Community Development Foundation, 1200 5th Grant Blvd. W., Wabasha, MN 55981. The Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfh.com