Greg Iversen

Gregory Lynn Iversen, age 68, of Sturgis, SD, died Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Regional Health Hospice House in Rapid City after a courageous fight with kidney cancer.

Greg was born June 25, 1950, in Pierre to Harold “Harley” and Alice (Hagny) Iversen.  Greg spent the early years of his life in Gettysburg, SD.  Then, in 1960, Harley and Alice moved the family to a ranch outside of Sturgis where Greg spent the rest of his life.  Greg graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1968.

In 1970, he began his full-time service in the National Guard.  Greg was an accomplished competitive marksman with the Guard and received many awards.  He retired in 1990, reaching the rank of Staff Sargent.  He was very proud to have been a member of the 1085th Medical Helicopter Company.

After retiring from the National Guard, Greg returned to full time ranching with his dad.  Over the years, he participated in many organizations and activities including the Black Hills Shootists (Cowboy Action Shooting club), Black Hills Passion Play, Friends of the NRA, and American Legion Post 311.

After retiring from ranching, Greg drove busses for the Sturgis School District as well as tour busses.  In all his endeavors, he loved meeting people and developed many long-term relationships.  Another great passion for Greg was being Santa Claus at Cabela’s and Main Street Square in Rapid City.

Greg was a friend to all.  He was a wonderful son, father, grandpa, and husband.  He was an amazing and positive man who always supported friends and family in anything they did.  He would help anyone who needed it without asking for anything in return.  He loved his community, friends, and his family unconditionally and made a great impact on our lives.  We all loved him and will miss him greatly.

Greg is survived by his wife, Janice; his seven children, Patty (Ross Brown), Cheryl (Aaron Dimitt), Daniel Long, Lisa Swallow, Corinne (Craig Howlett), Jason Israelson, and Michael Iversen; his sisters, Barbara Robinson and Gretchen (David Lee); 11 grandchildren, Cory, Rockie, Brian, Andrew, Kyle, Lucas, Forrest, Marcus, Joshua, Thadeius, and Nicholas; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service was held  Tuesday, May 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Spearfish.  Interment followed at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to Black Hills Shootists, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and Piedmont American Legion.

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