Jerry Melvin Iverson, age 78 of Litchfield, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2023 surrounded by family.
A Memorial Service for Jerry will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Cornerstone Church of Litchfield, with a visitation beginning at 10AM. Per his wishes, he will eventually be interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Born in Saint Paul, MN on August 13, 1944 to Melvin and Betty Iverson, Jerry was a soul surviving son of WWII. His father tragically passed in the war while his mother was pregnant, and following his death Milton Lefebvre stepped in to raise him. It was a transformative relationship for a little boy Jerry who had lost his dad in WWII plane crash. Milton stepped up to the plate and the two became the best friends ever. Milt couldn't have been a better role model, mentor, and guide.
He was raised in the Minneapolis area and graduated from Richfield High School in 1962. Jerry then went on to obtain a business degree from the University of Nebraska in 1967. Following graduation from Nebraska, he pursued a degree in Advanced Accounting and Computer Science from the University of Iowa – Go Hawkeyes!
A Captain in the US Air Force, Jerry and his family lived and traveled all over the world – everywhere from Wichita Falls, Texas to Hahn Air Force Base in Germany. Traveling greatly influenced who he was as a person; Jerry was always open to learning new cultures, customs and foods.
Following his service years, they moved throughout the Midwest and eventually settled in the twin cities metro. It was there he started his company, Healthcare Decision Systems, a cost accounting system for hospitals. Jerry’s hard work ethic was unparalleled. He was fiercely loyal, always remained positive and always stayed true to his integrity no matter the cost.
Second to none was Jerry’s family. He and Mary Lou cherished every minute of raising their three boys, and later on in life enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren. He shared with them his passion for grilling, quick-witted sense of humor, and the importance of honesty. Anyone who knew and loved Jerry knew you did not ask him a question you didn’t truly want the answer to. His ability to always find positivity in any situation will forever be remembered. Even in his hardest days, Jerry would smile and want to know how others around him were doing. The golf course was also one of his favorite places to be. Whether it was with friends, family or a solo game, Jerry truly loved the game. While his family will miss him tremendously, they find comfort in knowing he is now in Heaven, most likely eating them out of donuts.
Preceded in death by biological father, Melvin Iverson; mother, Betty Ruth Iverson (nee Bingham); brother-in-law, Scott Galarneau.
Left to celebrate Jerry’s memory are his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Lou Iverson; sons, Dave (Pauline) Iverson, Matthew Iverson (Linda Nuñez), Jon Iverson (Pinar Basgoze); father, Milton Lefebvre; grandchildren, Jeff (Sarah) Iverson, Bret Iverson, Brianna Iverson, Jessica Houghton, Evan (Katrina) Houghton, David Houghton, Arman Iverson, Ozan Iverson; great-granddaughter, Leona Iverson; siblings, Paulette (Richard) Hennebry, Jaqueline Buchholtz, Andrea Galarneau; four-legged best friend, Jake; many other loving relatives and friends.