Donald A. Iverson

VIT_IversonDonald Allan Iverson, age 86, of Mesa, Ariz. and previously Forest Lake, passed away on Feb. 22, 2013.

Born in Iron Mountain, Mich. on April 17, 1926, he graduated from Forest Lake High School and entered the U.S. Navy in May of 1944.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy Daninger, on Jan. 11, 1949, and enjoyed 64 wonderful years of marriage. His work and his hobbies centered on his passion for the automobile. While owning and operating his auto body repair shop, at last count he was known to have owned 94 different cars during his life—most obtained in a condition many thought beyond repair.

For 30 years, he also worked for Hamm’s Brewery, and later the Stroh Brewing Company, before retiring in 1988.

In 2001, he and Dorothy moved to Mesa, Ariz. where he became a big fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and in his later years, became increasingly proud of the service he gave to our U.S. Navy from 1944-46. He was an avid supporter of the many veterans service organizations, and was laid to rest at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, March 4, 2013.

Surviving are his wife Dorothy; three sons, Geoff (Peggy) of Montgomery, Minn., Ron (Patti) of Dubuque, Iowa, and Gary (Cindy) of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Eric, Ryan, Christopher, and Colleen; five sisters, Beverley (Lee) Larson, Gladys (Joe) Brisson, Marge (Fred) Arthen, Linda Houle, and Janet (Roger) Bodine; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Myrtle; infant brother, Arnold; brother-in-law, Jerry Houle; nephews, Tim Brisson, Gordy Arthen, Scott Houle.

A Donald A. Iverson Memorial Fund has been established.