Lester Donald Iverson, 89, Bismarck, passed away Sept. 11, 2019, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at McCabe United Methodist Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Darrel Aleson officiating. Burial will be in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at McCabe United Methodist.
Lester was born April 8, 1930, at Tioga. He was the seventh of eleven children to Henry and Helma (Iverson) Iverson. He started his education south of Tioga at Iverson school and later attended Tioga Public School where he graduated in the class of 1949.
Lester was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951. During his time spent in the army, he was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Bliss, Texas, and Germany. An honorable discharge allowed him to return home to Tioga. For a short time, Lester helped move houses. Later he began his lifelong career in the trucking industry. He worked for Northern Tank in Tioga, then was transferred to Laurel, Mont., to finish 18 years behind the wheel. In those 18 years there was not a weather condition he didn’t encounter.
In 1974, Lester and Freida Gallager were married in Billings, Mont. Together they enjoyed their hobby farm and spent many hours remodeling homes. Often their vacations would be them travelling all over in their motorhome.
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Lester belonged to the American Legion Post No. 4763 of Columbus, Mont., where he was part of the honor guard. He also volunteered as a VA van driver, taking many veterans to many appointments and travelled more than 10,000 miles doing it.
In 2016 Lester moved to Bismarck to be closer to family. He could often be found sitting around a table working on puzzles. He had a beautiful voice and some of his favorite songs included “On Top of Old Smoky” and “You are My Sunshine.” Another love was the Twins baseball team; a great big smile was found when Lester and family attended a Twins game this past year. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a life member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his sisters, June (Jerry) Planutis, Janet Bro, and Myrte Ecklund; and numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Freida; and seven siblings.
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Funeral arrangements are being made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan.
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