Merlyn Harry “Hap” Iverson, 92, of Wamic, Ore., died Thursday, May 9, 2013.
He was born April 9, 1921, to Pete and Mary Iverson in Riverton Nebraska. He was the seventh of eight children.
He moved to Oregon in 1937 with his younger brother Bernard to follow his older siblings. He found work on the Webb ranch in Tygh Valley. In July 1942 he entered the army and was sent into the north Pacific campaign out of Saipan. He married Marjorie Doane while home on furlough Dec. 28, 1942.
Upon his return to the states, he worked as an auto body repairman; sawmill worker, mechanic and a logger. In 1961 he and his wife purchased the ranch in Wamic, where they lived and worked for the rest of his life.
He loved to spend time in the outdoors. He was an avid sportsman, who loved to hunt everything from deer to bobcat. He also spent a great deal of time fishing, whether in a local stream or one of his ponds on the ranch.
He also spent a great deal of time in his garden.
He was the driving force at organizing annual family reunions, going as far as to build a campground on his ranch so the family had a place to gather every July. He also loved children, especially his grandchildren, who spent countless hours with him throughout their youth, learning about life and work. With his seven great-grandchildren, he was in constant search of hugs, and brought smiles to all of their faces.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marjorie; his children Betty and Herb Mercado, June and Jim Thompson, and David Iverson; his three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and countless nieces, nephews.
Graveside services will be Thursday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Wamic. Donations can be made to the Pine Hollow volunteer fire department.
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