Byron (Barney) Dale Iverson


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Byron Iverson

Byron (Barney) Dale Iverson, of Kirkland passed away Monday, February 21, 2022, after a long hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.  Services will be held Sunday, March 6th at 3:00 pm at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th Street, Kirkland, Washington.  A reception will follow.

A private military burial will be held at a later date.

He was born on March 28, 1934 to Henry and Pearl Iverson, in Carpenter, South Dakota.  The third of four children. He attended school in a one room schoolhouse.  Prior to joining the Army, he did a multitude of things – from painting barns and working with the combine crew traveling between North Dakota and Nebraska.  He joined the Army in April 1954 during the Korean Conflict and was Honorably discharged in 1956.  While in the Army he was a locomotive operator.

After leaving the Army, he met the love of his life, Margie Johannson on a blind date.  They married February 24, 1957. They then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah for one year attending telegraphy school.  Dots and dashes were not that much fun, so moved to Milford, Nebraska for two years of automotive trade school.  They returned to South Dakota after three years and lived in Woonsocket where he worked at the Ford Garage.  They then moved to Huron and he worked at the Ford Garage there also.

While training for the Army he traveled to Fort Lewis in Tacoma.  He loved the mild climate, so when the Boeing boom began, he jumped at the opportunity to move his family west.  He and Margie packed up their 4 kids and the few belongings that would fit in a U-Haul trailer and moved with friends Dale & Bonnie Cleveland.  They purchased their first house for $12,000 in Kirkland – site unseen.  He went to work at Metke Ford in Bellevue as a mechanic and at other dealerships in Bellevue until his retirement. When not working as a mechanic he ventured out and ran a couple of businesses with friend Ron Snedeker — auto detailing and a gas station.

While working his day job, he took on the real estate world and purchased homes for rentals, working many days as a mechanic and evenings as a painter/plumber/carpenter and all around “jack of all trades” to keep the rental properties in tip top shape.  After his retirement, he spent time tinkering in the garage and working in the yard.  Barney also enjoyed many TV programs – Gold Rush, Wheel of Fortune and of course the nightly news.  He also loved to read the newspaper – from cover to cover, word searches and jig saw puzzles.  Card games were also a passion, he was always up for a game of cards or cribbage.

Some of the many trips he and Margie took were summer travels to South Dakota to visit family and friends.  Cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean.  Margie and Barney traveled to Branson, MO with Don & Shirelly.  Annual trips to Reno and Spring fishing trips to Eastern Washington with family and friends.

Barney will be remembered for his willingness to always find time to help where/when needed.  From helping at Trinity Lutheran Church with his good friend Larry Thompson, where Barney & Margie were members for many years.  He helped family and friends through the years with so many things – car repairs, painting, yard work and just plain advice when asked.

He is preceded in death by his parents Henry & Pearl Iverson, brother Kenneth Iverson, sister Maxine Peterson, in-laws Pete & Lucille Johannsen, brother-in-law Don Snedeker and granddaughter Julie Howell.

Barney will be missed by his many friends and family.  His wife of 65 years, Margie of Kirkland.  Daughter Debbie, of Kirkland, grandsons Ryan (Jennifer) of Covington and Jason of Kirkland. Son Jim, of Lynnwood and grandsons Mitchell (Grace) of Mukilteo and Matthew of Snohomish and great-granddaughter Capri of Mukilteo.  Son Larry (Lien) of Fairfield, CA and grandson Jon Howell of Fairfield, CA. Son Doyle (Lisa) of Shoreline.

He is also survived by his sister Sharon (Dan), of Freeman, SD and Shirelly Snedeker of Woonsocket, SD and many nieces and nephews in South Dakota and Minnesota.

The Iverson Family would like to thank Dr. Vincent Picozzi and his team for all of the care and support to Barney and the family.

We would also like to thank Evergreen Hospice Care for all of the care and support during this time.

Donations can be made in his honor at Evergreen Health Hospice Care 12822 124th Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.


11 Responses to “Byron (Barney) Dale Iverson”

  • Simpson wendy says:

    A life well lived. Guardian Angel in his new career, will be watching over his wife and family. RIP Barney

  • Terri Martin says:

    I never had the privilege to meet Barney but his wife, Margie, is a gem. I trust her judgement so know he must have been a gem too. My thoughts are with you Margie.

  • Patridge Betty says:

    Sending prayers to all , my sympathy!

  • Glenn Ulvestad says:

    I worked with Barney while he was with Ford in SD. He was a mentor and friend. Our families spent some time together and I will always remember the good times and the hard times. Barney was one of the best, straight forward guys that I ever knew. We stayed in touch although not as much as we would have liked, and we will miss him. Glenn & Millie

  • Al Adams says:

    I’m grateful for having the the opportunity to know Barney. We worked together from 1977-1987 and stayed in touch over the years. Barney was a genuinely good person and he will be greatly missed.

  • Don Erickson family says:

    We were blessed to have our path cross with Barney’s. He was a true friend to all who knew him. We missed Barney and Margie when we moved from Kirkland but life brings change.He is now with God living his reward for a life well lived.
    Peace to all.

  • Anna Filson says:

    I met Barney a few years ago when we moved into the house across the street from his Daughter Debbie. What I most liked about him was watching the close relationship Barney had with his grandson Jason. I could see the love he had for Jason and how he taught him everything he could about doing a job well. He taught Jason how to use every tool and how to be a critical thinker and figure things out on his own. Barney will be missed by those I got to see working in a loving relationship with him. God’s speed Barney till we meet again.

  • Zac Snedeker says:

    Barney was always quick to lend a helping hand, willing to teach any of his many skills and had seemingly limitless energy. When he was 80, he helped us drywall and finish our basement. I was 30 at the time and he wore me out! Both Barney and Margie are rare examples of genuinely great people that I have always admired. I’m grateful to have known Barney and will miss seeing him each April in Sun Lakes. Thank you for everything, Barney.

  • Shirley Posey says:

    Our family has been close friends with Barney, Margie and children since the 1960’s. He has left his mark on this planet earth. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten for all the good deeds he did for so many people, churches and other organizations. If a need arose, he would always volunteer. Without a doubt, God welcomed him to his new home with open arms and said, “Son, with you I am well pleased.”
    Margie and family, you had a wonderful husband and father. We all loved him, and we all love you. God be with you. Shirley Posey and Family.

  • Lori & Shawn Ulm says:

    I love your story so much! What a great life! They just don’t make them like that anymore. There are few people that I look up to as much as Barney. The first time I met him I literally was looking up at him, standing on the roof of his two story Kirkland house. It scared me to death, but he didn’t ever think a thing about rolling up his sleeves and getting hard to work at whatever job was at hand. Hard working hands, but boy did his heart melt around his bride! I knew right away that Margie was his pride and joy, and the love of his life. And for good reason, Barney was no fool; Margie is a real catch and he knew it.

    I can’t imagine Kirkland without Barney. As far as I’m concerned, I will always feel his spirit and memories there; where he made a great life for him and his family. I can’t think of a better life than to work hard at honest work, commit fully to one true love, live in faith of the true God, be surrounded always by the family, church, and community to which he tirelessly gave, and to pass with dignity through the heavenly gates.

    Heaven got a great angel, but there are a lot of us who will sure miss you here on Earth Barney! Sending you on with so much love and respect dear friend. Til we meet again.

  • Larry Iverson says:

    Dad I miss you,I miss calling when I needed advice about things, I miss the help that you always gave, I miss working with you and disagreements about the way things should be done.Thinking of you lots 💓 Larry and Lien

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