Warren Lee Iversen, 77

Published 9:57 am Monday, January 16, 2012

Warren Lee Iversen, 77, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., died Friday evening, Jan. 13, 2012, at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.

Warren Iversen

He was born April 21, 1934, in Jackson, Minn., the son of John and Ann (Lee) Iversen. He attended country school near Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School in 1951. After graduation he farmed with his father for a short time before enlisting in the Army. He served in the 11th Airborne based in Ft. Campbell, Ky., during the Korean War era. After his discharge, he enrolled in the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1960 with a degree in soils – agriculture and finance. On June 21, 1958, he was united in marriage to Viola Schirmer in Hancock, Minn. After his graduation from the University of Minnesota, Warren began working as an agriculture representative at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Blooming Prairie. He later moved to Graceville, Minn., as the branch manager of Production Credit Association, before moving to St. Paul where he worked for FICB. He returned to Blooming Prairie in 1967, to become manager/President of the Production Credit Association before starting Morsen services in 1986. Warren remained active in the business until his health began to decline. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church where he served as President of the congregation and taught Sunday school. He served on the Board of Regents for the Austin Community College for several years and was instrumental in raising funds for Pine Spring Pool in Blooming Prairie. Warren was also a member of Masons, Shriners, Lions Club, Steel County Exchange Club, VFW and American Legion. He liked to play golf, loved to visit people, enjoyed traveling, playing cards and took a special interest in the lives of his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Iversen of Blooming Prairie; four children, Kevin (Robyn) Iversen of Byron, Paul (Laura) Iversen of White Bear Lake, Michael (Kathleen) Iversen of Victoria and Barbara Iversen (Teresa Carson) of Bloomington; seven grandchildren, Peter, Emily and Elizabeth Iversen, Adam and Carly Iversen, Samantha and Nicholas Iversen; three brothers, Darryl (Mary Kay) Iversen of Jackson, Burton (Dianne) Iversen of Austin and Peter (LuJean) Iversen of Eden Prairie; five sisters, Charlet Hannon of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, Audrey (Robert) O’Conner of Redding, Calif., Mary (Ward) Naylor of Escalon, Calif., June (Dennis) Jaeger of Lakeville and Janet (Lenny) Gunderson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Harriet and Darrel Palm of Rogers, Marlys Schirmer, Reynold Schirmer, Bonnie Schirmer, Robert Schirmer and Bill Schirmer; nieces; nephews; cousins and other relatives and friends.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann Iversen; brother-in-law, Dan Hannon and niece, Jill Naylor.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with Pastor Charles Leonard and Pastor Heidi Heimgartner, officiating. Interment will follow the service at First Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 878 and American Legion Post 52. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie Cancer Group or Homestead Hospice.