Milo Iverson, 87, longtime Tioga area farmer, died at his home on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.
Milo Iverson was born on Sept. 4, 1925, to Math and Mathilda (Fallet) Iverson on the family farm in Farmvale Township, south of Tioga. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. He attended rural schools and graduated from Tioga High School. He entered the U.S. Navy in June 1944 and attended gunnery school and manned 20 mm cannon along with 3-, 4- and 5-inch guns. He was assigned to the SS John W. Brown as a seaman first class. While in the Navy he traveled all over Europe and spent 10 months in Sapsago, Japan, as an MP and saw the devastation of Nagasaki after the atomic bomb. Milo was honorably discharged in 1946 due to an injury sustained while deployed.
Milo returned to North Dakota and was married to Deloris Wolla for 22 years. Together they had three children, Melody, Greg and Susan. The couple later divorced.
He later married his present wife of 35 years, Alice Hanson, who had two children, Tim and Judy. Milo and Alice made their home on the Iverson farm south of Tioga. Milo loved farming, fishing and gardening. He did not retire from farming until he was 80. His lifelong dream came true when he purchased the family farm in 2008. Farming was his life, his dream, his passion.
In May 2011, Milo was able to participate in the Roughrider Honor Flight to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. It was the most wonderful and emotional trip he had ever taken. He had never felt so honored or appreciated in his life. He appreciated the thanks and the gratitude toward him and the other veterans by people of all ages throughout the entire trip. Groups would applaud as they approached and shake his hand, thanking him for his service to our country.
Milo had a love for music, teaching himself to play the accordion even though he was unable to read music. He played for a band called the Royal Scandinavians, and played on the radio years ago. He also enjoyed playing for many dances, the Sons of Norway and various nursing homes when asked.
He dearly loved and enjoyed his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, along with his pets. Milo had a special place in his heart for all the cats and dogs that called the farm home. Being a true farmer, Milo enjoyed driving around every evening during the summer to watch the crops grow.
He was a life member of the American Legion (66 years), a member of the Elks Lodge (53 years), and a member of the Sons of Norway.
Milo is survived by: his wife, Alice of Tioga; children, Melody Iverson of Paw Paw, Mich., Greg (Martha) Iverson of Sun Lakes, Ariz., and Susan (John) Belden of rural Tioga; stepson, Tim (Jennifer) McNamara of Grenora; stepdaughter, Judy (Jerry) Miller of Williston; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Alma Hove of Tioga; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Philip, Ingman, Oscar, Almer, Art and Marvin; and sisters, Mildred McKay and Ragna Simpson.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Tioga. Pastor Sandy Anderson will officiate. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, south of Tioga.
Friends may call at the Fulkerson Funeral Home of Tioga on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Friends may share memories and condolences at (www.fulkersons.com).