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Paul Iverson Memorial Today

There will be a memorial for my cousin Paul Iverson today at 11:00am at the Heritage Funeral Home (on South Minnesota Avenue at 57th Street) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Paul died of multiple system failure at Sanford Hospital in his room on the 6th floor on the Saturday morning of July 25th, 2009.

Paul was my favorite cousin. We went to SDSU at the same time and enjoyed taking a break and watching the older (more violent) cartoons together, laughing at the toons, but eventually we would guffaw at each other’s funny laughs. You know, the kind of laughter you only let out when you let your guard down because it can be embarrassing? We both believe that laughter has a great healing quality and is great for the soul.

Paul was an excellent draftsman. He was well educated, very talented, extremely smart, mild mannered, had that great sense of humor and wit, and was a great friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him.  Paul cherished his family and friends above all.  He just loved spending time with my son, Max.

Paul was also a crack shot with the rifle, a real shark when it came to playing pool, and he loved old movies and TV. He didn’t ever have a computer, though only this year when I showed him my Sony laptop loaded with Windows Vista, he actually said that now he might consider getting one now, as they seemed to be more reasonably designed and user friendly. I insisted, as I do now, that we are still in the dark ages as to usability.

Paul Iverson is survived by his wife Julie Iverson. Although Julie had divorced Paul, they remained close. But she did not want to be his enabler and hoped he would change his ways. Unfortunately, Paul did not make that wake-up call and his vices eventually killed him.

But Paul was not scared of death. He knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and had no quams with meeting his maker.

Paul took care of his aging father at the end of his life, who has recently lost his wife (and Paul’s mother, Joan). Unfortunately, his father Jim now has to bury his son.

We will all miss him, but we know he is in a better place with his mother and other members of his family.

Rest In Peace, Paul. I love you, man.

August 1, 2009 - Posted by | The Human Condition | , , ,


  1. Thanks for the nice note regarding Paul. I grew up living next to Paul on South Center Avenue in Sioux Falls. We spent a lot of time playing driveway basketball, vacant lot baseball, tunnel and fort building – all the things kids do.

    I had lost touch with Paul after entering high school and moving away, but I’m glad that he has people that love him to keep his memory alive.

    Comment by Jim Callaghan | August 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. I dated Paul for a while at SDSU. I have searched for info on him for the past few years and was saddened to find this memorial. Paul had such a zest for life, it is hard to believe that he will no longer share that sharp wit and gorgeous smile with us. Sadly, I was not shocked to learn that his vices overtook him. I had always hoped he would get the help he needed. I write this at such a late date in hopes of letting you know that he will be remembered fondly by many of us.

    Comment by Tracey Sheahan | July 12, 2010 | Reply

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