Mervin Iverson


September 16, 1925 - February 2, 2018


Mervin Iverson, 92, of Mitchell, SD died Friday, February 2, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Monday at First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel. 

Mervin O. Iverson was born September 16, 1925 in Platte, SD to Mel and Naomi (Markus) Iverson. This is where he grew up and graduated from Platte High School. 

Merv entered the United States Marine Corps on August 12th, 1943 and went to basic training in San Diego, CA at Camp Pendleton. He also served in Goleta, California and at the Ewa Airbase in Hawaii. His assignment was to handle aircraft care and maintenance of the F4U fighter planes. His flight crew carried upper command officers, such as colonel’s and generals, touring various locations in the South Pacific. He was part of a Japan flight that inspected and photographed the aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic explosion that was in part the end of the war in the pacific. He proudly served from 1943 until honorably discharged in 1946. A few years ago, Iverson was able to relive some of his memories from World War II, when he was chosen to be part of an Honor Flight that visited memorials in Washington D.C.

Upon his return from the service, he and his father bought a used car dealership in 1948 in Mitchell. It began as a used car establishment, but in 1954 it grew, acquiring a new car franchise with Plymouth and DeSoto. In 1950 he married Gloria Max, and they had two children, Diane and John. Once married, Merv went into partnership with Gloria’s brother, Harold Max, and Iverson Max Motors was created. They moved to main street acquiring the Chrysler franchise and thrived through the years from the late 60’s through the 80’s when Harold passed on. Gloria later passed on March 8, 1986. The name Iverson-Max Motors was carried until 1994 and upon building a new facility and moving to their current location, then Iverson Chrysler was established. Even today they continue to grow not only in Mitchell but also in other locations.

Merv met his 2nd wife Dorothy Shoemaker and they married on October 12, 1988. For many years, Merv and Dottie enjoyed traveling with the Chrysler Corporation, playing golf and partaking in numerous celebratory occasions with their children and grandchildren.

Merv was a member for many years of the Chrysler Plymouth dealership, counsel and director of Chrysler Plymouth Advertising Association. He was also past Director of the SD Auto Dealership Association. Merv was a life-long member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge, Elks Club, and Lions Club. He was a dedicated member of the First Lutheran Church. Later in life, Merv enjoyed sharing a round of golf and morning coffee with his close friends. He enjoyed talking about politics and had a witty sense of humor. Although he had passed his business on to his son John and grandson Austen, he never stopped being an integral part of the business he built from the ground up. Part of his daily activity was to walk through the dealership, talk to the employees and of course, check out the daily sales numbers.

Merv went to his heavenly home on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the age of 92.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Dottie, their combined children, John Iverson of Mitchell, Diane Brookstein of Omaha, NE, Ann Trent of Brandon, SD, Tom Shoemaker of Mitchell, SD, Glen Shoemaker of Mitchell, SD, Gail Urso of New Milford, CT, Sid (Linda) Shoemaker of Sioux City, IA, Mary (Bob) Kobernusz of Sioux Falls, SD, Laura (Reggie) Hair of Washington, PA; surviving siblings Elaine Walsh of Fayetteville, AR, Jim Iverson of Fort Wayne, IN, 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Gloria, and his parents.


Monday, February 5, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
411 N Duff St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, February 6, 2018
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 N Duff St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on February 7, 2018

We send our Sympathy to the the Iverson & Shoemaker family. May all the good Memories of life with Merv bring you Comfort & Peace all the days.

He was a faithfilled person, may he enjoy the Happiness of Heaven, he so richly deserves.

We are sorry we can attend the services & give special hugs, we are SD snowbirds at this time.
Posted by Mary eichman on February 6, 2018
Dottie, John and and,way to many names to remember.
Merv was a great guy and will b greatly missed by many. My mom and dad i bet were glad to c merv. My deepest sympathy to all of u, I do get what ur GOING thru. Big hugs to all. God bless u and be,at ur side. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Mary Schaefer on February 5, 2018
My thoughts are with you John and family. Hugs and prayers John.
Posted by Janet Wendt on February 5, 2018
So sorry for your loss. When I read this obituary it brought pleasant memories of when my husband Robert worked for Ivetson Max in 1968-69.
Posted by Nadia on February 5, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one; we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our Heavenly Father returning our dear loved ones to us. For God promises us in 1Thessalonians 4:14 - "For if we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus". In John 6:40 Jesus tells us: For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day. As God's word promises soon we will enjoy everlasting life on earth free from all pain, suffering and death forever- Psalms 37:29 and Revelation 21:3-5. May God provide the family with strength and inner peace as you all reflect on his promises and cherish wonderful memories of Mervin. I hope that the family can find more bible based comfort in coping with grief and the days ahead by visiting ( In the search box type: Is there hope for the dead video. The family will be in my prayers.
Posted by STEVE WELLER on February 5, 2018
Posted by Cindi Heck Lillibridge on February 5, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss John and to all your family I send prayers and love
Posted by Terry & Mary Nutter on February 5, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to all of Merv Iverson families. He will be missed by all who knew him, as a friendly outgoing gentleman that we always enjoyed talking with.
Posted by Betty Dahlerup on February 5, 2018
You have my sympathy. What fun we had at our cousin reunions.
Posted by Sandy (Oberembt) Bouwens on February 5, 2018
You dad was an awesome man. I always enjoyed catching up with him whenever I ran into him. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Rob Fox on February 5, 2018
I'm sorry for your loss John and Diane.
Posted by Mike and Pam Puetz on February 5, 2018
So sorry for your loss, sending our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Lori Deibert on February 5, 2018
My deepest sympathy on your immense loss. May the peace of God beyond all understanding bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Posted by Barb Goldammer on February 5, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed by all who new him. Thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friends:
Posted by Deb Kaufman on February 4, 2018
I’m sorry to hear Merv passed away. He always wanted to be a big help at the dealership, and he was!
Posted by Michael Fitzpatrick on February 4, 2018
Diane and John...thoughts and prayrs for tour family
Posted by Michael Fitzpatrick on February 4, 2018
Diane Thoughts and prayers for you and your family
Posted by Shanna Sheesley-Johnson on February 4, 2018
My deepest sympathy in your loss.
Posted by Kim Stopfer Tysdal on February 4, 2018
Diane, so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Dick Rozum on February 4, 2018
So sorry to hear about Merv, my deepest sympathy to the family. I’ve always liked Merv, he was a fine man.
Posted by Merle & Paula DeBoer on February 4, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to you, Austen, John, Dottie and the entire family. Merv will be missed!
Posted by Colleen Tegels DeJong on February 4, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. Merv was a special kind of man. He will be greatly missed. Dottie, Diane,John and family you are in my prayers.
Posted by Pat Cassutt on February 4, 2018
Dottie, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family with the death of your husband. I will cherish the many visits you both made to Coborn's on Saturday and Sunday's. He will be missed by many within the community of Mitchell. He was an inspiration to many. God Bless, Pat Cassutt
Posted by Dennis & Cheryl Kunkel on February 4, 2018
So sorry for your loss of Merv he was a great inspiration to many , and will be missed by his families & the Mitchell community. God Bless
Posted by Becky Handrahan on February 4, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to you. May your memories help you in this difficult time.
Posted by Bob and Nancy Schantz and family on February 4, 2018
Dear Dottie and cousins Diane and John and your families, We were saddened by the news of Merv's passing. We're sorry we are so far away and can't say this in person, but we want to send our most sincere sympathies. Uncle Merv was always so caring about his whole extended family. One great memory I have is when he sold me my first car--and gave me a very good deal! We always thought of him as an inspiration as he always kept active and enjoyed life in so many ways. He will be missed so very much by so many, especially including all of us.
Posted by Lynnette Schilling on February 4, 2018
Sending my Thought and Prayers to John and Austen.
Posted by Jim Iverson on February 4, 2018
Dottie, Diane and family, John and family--my deepest sympathies for your loss. I am also grieving the loss of my dear big brother Merv. I have such great memories of growing up together in Platte. Also I am thinking of the many wonderful times we spent together through the years. Hunting with Merv was the best! I look forward to the day we will be reunited in the presence of our Savior in heaven! Love to you all--Jim
Posted by Austen Iverson on February 4, 2018
You will be missed, Grandpa Merv! You were a great man.
Posted by Gary Roberts on February 4, 2018
Dottie, John, John Jr, Austen and family: I'm so sorry for your loss. Uncle Merv was a class guy through and through. Ienjoyed the pleasure of his companyWe'll all miss him.
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